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Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar - March 5

CAMPTON HILLS, IL: Learn how to grow antique apple trees at Garfield Farm Museumís 35th Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar on Sunday, March 5th at 1:30pm. For $40, participants make 3 grafts of heirloom varieties to take home for planting this spring. Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL off ILL Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. Reservations are required by calling (630) 584-8485 or e-mail

Dan Bussey of Wisconsin will return to help a new generation learn how to preserve historic and favorite varieties of apples. As it takes up to six years for the trees to produce fruit, making grafts and getting them in the ground this spring gives one plenty of time to master various apple recipes for the pies or cider of 2029.

Dan provides several types of scions to graft on to the root stock. His incredible wealth of knowledge of apple types is itself phenomenal. He truly has written the book on apple varieties as he has published a 3500 page seven volume tome on the great diversity of this fruit. This depth of knowledge in traditional skills is becoming as rare as the many historic varieties that face extinction without a new generation of champions.