Wayne Clifton works for the Florida Department of Agriculture. He is a noted horticulturalist with many accomplishments. He has developed the first variety of a cherimoya fruit tree that is well adapted to Florida's humid climate.
Grafting is an ancient method for producing fast-bearing, reliable
fruit trees. Mr. Clifton will give our group instructions on modern
grafting techniques. Attendees are encouraged to bring a grafting knife if they have one, or a very sharp pocket knife, or any very sharp knife such as an Xacto craft knife, and scions (small branch cuttings) to participate and learn by "hands-on doing". Please clean the blade with a Clorox Cleanup or a bit of bleach as dirty tools and hands often lead to graft failure. Also, if you have them, bring pruners and grafting tape and parafilm. We will have some grafting tape available if you don't have any parafilm. No worries. Those who prefer may simply observe the techniques. The meeting will feature a fruit-tasting table, a plant exchange, and enjoyable company of other avid fruit tree gardeners. We will be meeting in a room that has a spectacular panoramic view of Sarasota Bay, the Great Room at Selby Botanical Gardens.