If you’re into growing your own sustainable food in your backyard, you’ll definitely want to attend this hands-on event at our farm in Beech Island, SC.
Our focus for the day will be on creating your own little orchard with easy-care, low-spray, high-production fruit trees. Think how great it would be to walk into your back yard and pick your own fresh fruit to eat, to cook with, to preserve, and to give away to friends and family.
We’ll focus on figs, persimmons, pomegranates & guava. And we’ll have special discussion of cold hardy citrus including oranges, grapefruit, kumquats and more. You’ll learn where to plant them, the soil to use to make them happy and, most importantly, which varieties to plant. We’ll learn about the best options for central Georgia and Carolina.
We have a full morning planned for you, beginning with an engaging orientation and tasting fruits of the day. Then a very personalized tour of the farm to see our fruit trees (veggie garden, chickens, lilies, and donkeys, too). Next we’ll take some time to share stories and develop friendships over a sumptuous lunch that will conclude with some of Momma’s fig-and-lemon pound cake.
After a little time to digest, we’ll begin a hands-on propagation project, during which you’ll learn how to propagate these trees and will even be able to take a fig cutting home to plant in your back yard. We’ll round out the day discovering a curated collection of the best cultivars of small fruit trees for your yard.
We’ll have our favorite easy-care small fruit trees (including figs) for sale, too.Presenters
Tom Hall owns and operates Plantsman Specialty Nursery with Jenks. He’s been an organic food advocate for years, passionately growing organic food plants on the farm among the crinum lilies for 10 years. Tom will lead tours and help you pick the best fruit trees for your garden.
Jenks Farmer, the nationally recognized author of Deep-Rooted Wisdom, designs gardens and landscapes for clients around the country. In addition to using crinum lilies in his designs, he also likes to incorporate easy-to-grow, beautiful edibles in his landscapes. He’s organically grown figs, loquats, and other fruits his whole life.
Aquianas High School theology chairman Joe Levert also teaches his students to excel in their hobbies. Joe started the horticulture program for students but it’s transformed the entire campus. Joe’s love of tropical plants turned campus into a testing grounds. Today, he grows towering, cold hardy citrus of all kinds — a truely unique collection for our Zone 8 climate. Joe will share his favorites for eating, garden design and importantly, he’ll share which seem to enthrall and stimulate the coming generation! Read more about Joe in Augusta Magazine.
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|Chicken Salad or Vegetable Sandwich|
|New Potatoes From Our Garden|
|Brown Rice Salad|
|Fig-Lemon Pound Cake|
|Coffee or Tea|
|8:00 a.m.||Arrival with Meet-And-Greet|
|8:30 a.m.||Discovery Session: Our Top Five Choices of Easy-Care Small Fruit Trees (with a fruit tasting)|
|9:30 a.m.||Farm Tour|
|11:00 a.m.||Hands-On Learning Session: Pruning and Propagation|
|1:00 p.m.||Book and Plant Sale|