Go home with an apple tree

The Cashiers Historical Society is sponsoring its 2011 Heritage Apple Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Cashiers Community Center.  

This popular annual event celebrates the region’s history by identifying and preserving ancient apple varieties throughout the valley and in surrounding communities.  

Bring scionwood (the new growth cuttings from your favorite apple trees), even those that have long since produced fruit, to graft onto the provided rootstock.  If you do not have your own apple tree cuttings, don’t worry — a large supply will be on hand.  

About 15 apple varieties will be available, including June Stripped, Winter Banana, Jonagold, Rome Beauty, Red Burgundy, and the Grimes Golden.

Apple-grafting techniques will be taught at the free workshop. Those interested in gardening, orchards, natural landscaping or the social heritage of apple growing will benefit from the knowledge and experience offered by this group of experts.

In addition, local author and historian Jane Nardy will be on hand to chat about apples, regional heritage, and other interesting lore and legend.     

Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite apple dish or recipe to share with others. 828.743.7710.

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