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Open Orchard School: Intro to Fruit Tree Grafting

Saturday, May 16, 2020

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.

The Trust for Governors Island, Sam Van Aken (The Open Orchard), and GreenThumb

Did you know what one tree can bear multiple varieties of fruit? Your pear tree can have bartlett and bosc, your plum tree can have satsuma and danson. Learn how to use grafting to expand your garden’s harvest without planting more trees with fruit tree expert Sam Van Aken.

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Take the 10:00 a.m. ferry to Governors Island from 10 South Street (The Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan). The workshop will take place at the Urban Farm (map). 

This workshop is part of the Open Orchard School, a year-long series of educational programs co-presented by NYC Parks GreenThumb and The Trust for Governors Island.

Open Orchard School with the Trust for Governors Island
The Open Orchard School is a year-long series of educational programs co-presented by NYC Parks GreenThumb and the Trust for Governors Island.

Through the Open Orchard School, community gardeners and members of the public will learn practical skills related to the project, including in-depth experience with fruit tree care, cultivation, planting, and grafting. Participants who complete multiple workshops can become part of the team working to ensure the ongoing stewardship of the trees as they put down roots across the city.

By the fall of 2020, Garden groups that have sent representatives to at least four of the eight workshops will be eligible to receive one or more multi-grafted fruit trees from The Open Orchard to plant in their gardens, subject to approval from GreenThumb.

The Open Orchard School is an extension of The Open Orchard, an expansive new artwork by Sam Van Aken on Governors Island that will take the form of a public orchard of 50 hybrid fruit trees. Each individual tree will contain multiple varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries and apples that were historically grown in the New York City region over the past 500 years, but which have been lost to climate change and the industrialization of agriculture, preserving their biodiversity for future generations.


Governors Island, Manhattan
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