On August 3, 2013, 10:00 am to noon (rain date August 4), we will again host our annual Propagation (Bud Grafting) Workshop in East Providence, RI. Bud grafting is a simple process of surgically attaching a bud eye of a desirable variety onto a winter hardy rootstock, thus creating a duplicate plant of that variety. Past students quickly mastered the basic skills and were soon successfully bud grafting their own roses to take home. I begin by demonstrating how to harvest the bud eye, prepare the rootstock and all the other steps necessary to create a new rose bush. It’s fun and a lot easier than you think.
Grafting is an ideal way to propagate a family heirloom to share with family members. I often tell the story of my parents purchasing Brownell roses directly from the Brownell Nursery in Little Compton, RI before they closed in the late 1960’s. Most of those roses my father planted eventually died except for the Rhode Island Red, an Everblooming Pillar that they bought in 1959. That robust climber was still growing in my mother’s garden when we sold the house after she passed away in 2010. Over the years I had propagated many duplicates of Rhode Island Red from that mother bush and passed them along to family members as a living reminder of our parents.
While there is no charge for the workshop, there is a plant materials fee – $7. per potted rootstock which you graft and take home.
Class size is limited. Email email@example.com more details.