Programs vary based on speaker availability, current environmental issues challenging our plants, and research updates from university and commercial specialists. If we do not have an outside speaker, we will often sponsor workshops covering topics similar to these:

Grafting and Budding of fruiting trees
( Grafting Kits are available for purchase )

  • Why graft?
  • What are the limitations?
  • What can be grafted?
  • When is the best time to graft?
  • What materials are needed?
  • Which grafting technique to use?
  • Grafting tips

Propagation by Layering

  • Types of Layering
  • Simple layering
  • Tip layering
  • Compound (serpentine) layering
  • Mound (stool) layering
  • Air layering
  • Natural Forms of Layering
Seed Propagation

  • Information on growing seeds
  • Seed Scarification
  • Basic Soil Mix
  • Watering Tips
  • Avoiding Stem and Root Rot
  • Seed Dormancy
  • Smoke Solutions
  • Gibberellic Acid for Seed Germination
  • Transplanting Seedlings

Propagation by Cuttings

  • Cutting Selection
  • Types of Cuttings
  • Rooting Hormones
  • Water pH
  • Misting Bed
  • Hardening Off
Fruit Trees

  • Planting
  • Selecting Varieties
  • Soil Requirements
  • Fertilization
  • Thinning
  • Pollination
  • Irrigation
  • Pruning
  • Gibberellic Acid for Fruit Set
  • Pests & Diseases
  • Cold protection
  • Fruit usage
Compost Tea

  • How to make compost tea
  • How to apply compost tea

Compost tea benefits:

  • Increase plant growth
  • Provide nutrients to plants and soil
  • Support beneficial organisms
  • Help to suppress diseases
  • Replace toxic garden chemicals


  • Benefits of vermiculture
  • What type of worms to use
  • How to set up a worm bin
  • Requirements for a healthy vermiculture environment