These programs are presented in conjunction with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead in partnership with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
NEWS & PROGRAMS
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1:30-3:30 pm
This guided walk in Whitman Brook Orchard demonstrates how to perform grafts on apple trees in the field. Participants will see examples of whip & tongue, saddle, cleft and rind grafts. Special attention is given to techniques for top-working existing trees and healing grafts on larger cuts. Extra materials will be available for practice cuts.
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1:30-3:30 pm
This guided walk in Whitman Brook Orchard illustrates, across a wide variety of cultivars and conditions, how to perform annual pruning of apple trees in the field. Participants see examples of pruning on various ages of trees and spacing, including those dating back to the original orchard that was planted in the 1920’s. The walk also shows different growing conditions and corresponding pruning techniques. Approaches to height reduction, long-term corrective pruning and first, second, and third year pruning after a multi-scion rind graft are illustrated.
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 2-4 pm
Terry Dorman, owner and manager of Whitman Brook Orchard, leads this tour as the orchard prepares for harvest season. Learn the history of certain apples, as well the characteristics and uses for a number of the lesser known varieties grown at Whitman Brook. The walk offers a close-up look at the reclamation and restoration of a 100-year-old abandoned hillside orchard with an opportunity to examine the evolution of grafting techniques on older trees. Participants will not only see the results of this year’s spring grafts, but also the evolution of earlier grafts now bearing fruit.