September 8, 2013 · 9:30 AM
The Evankoe Estate
Join Craig as he guides us through a tour of his 7 acre suburban Lemont estate dedicated to the advancement of home fruit growing. Craig began growing his fruit tree orchard in 2004 and has planted 112 trees along with many other fruiting species. He currently has 60 apples, 30 pears, 4 asian pears, 4 plums, 2 apricots, 4 cherries, 1 persimmon, 6 paw paws, 20 june berries, 6 grapes, numerous raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and elderberries. The apples and pears are on dwarf and semi-dwarf rootstock for comparison.
Also growing on the Evankoe Estate are a number of interesting and unusual plants: an aristolochia (Dutchman’s pipe) growing over a garden swing, a variegated zelkova, several magnolias, a witchhazel and a prostrate pine tree called Uncle Fogey, weeping fir, a white needled spruce, akebia and much more. There are several wild species of elderberry, cherry and hazelnut.
After the tour, we will enjoy tastings of several homemade wines from last years harvest.
Craig belongs to the Midwest Fruit Explorers (MidFEx), a local non-profit group of backyard fruit growing enthusiasts. MidFEx members have an abundance of knowledge and experience with rootstocks, grafting techniques, and cultivars that they freely share with fellow members.
Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
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