Edible Gardening Workshop Series Backyard Orchard: Grow Heirloom Apples Anywhere

Dan Bussey shows off heirloom apples on an apple tree
Learn the value of heirloom apples from one of the preeminent apple experts in the country! Dan Bussey, a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, will describe the variety of apples you can grow in backyards and urban environments. Heirloom apples offer a wider variety of tastes than most commonly found grocery varieties and are easy to grow. Learn what you need to be able to have your very own historic orchard, or simply add one or two heirloom trees to your backyard. For the adventurous, the class will feature a grafting demonstration that allows you to grow more varieties than what you can find at your local garden center. Raising your own fruit is easy and delicious.

Dan Bussey is the apple historian and orchard manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, where he maintains the historic orchard of 700 varieties of heirloom apples. He has been called “the James Audubon of apples” for his decades-long dedication to find and identify heirloom apple varieties. His work revitalizing the collection of historic apples at Seed Savers Exchange is playing a vital role in bringing long-lost apple varieties back to American gardens and farms.

Instructor: Dan Bussey
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 45


Take another class in the  Edible Gardening Workshop Series.

Prepping for a Successful Gardening Season-March 11

Top Ten Edibles for Chicagoland and How to Grow them Organically-March 18

Grow a Food Forest in Your Yard-March 25

Get Style and Function with a French Kitchen Garden- April 8

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Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Cudahy Room, Administration Building


Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$35.00 members
$44.00 nonmembers

CALL: 630-719-2468
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.