Celebrating all things apple and pear in the Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills Grafting & Pruning Masterclasses

4th & 6th August 2020

Learn from some of South Australia’s leading growers in their own orchards the techniques behind managing fruit trees in winter. These hands-on demonstrations in commercial fruit orchards show the skills to improve fruit tree health and harvest. Bookings are essential.

Throughout late winter Pome Fest offers a range of different activities covering all things apple and pear in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.

4th & 6th August 2020 - Pome Fest - Grafting & Pruning Masterclasses

Pruning Masterclasses

with Joel Brockhoff, Pomology @ Tarrawood

471 Swamp Road, Lenswood, SA 5240

  • 2.00 pm, Tuesday, 4th August, 2020
  • 11.00 am, Thursday, 6th August, 2020

Pruning is one of the most important steps in keeping your apple and pear trees healthy and producing good quality fruit year after year. It is both a science and an art, with many different tree training and pruning methods used around the world. In these Masterclasses, Joel Brockhoff will lead you through the fundamental pruning principles, with some simple take-home messages that can be readily applied to your trees at home.

Joel was recognised by the apple and pear industry nationally as Australia’s ‘Young Grower of the Year’ in 2015. Joel continues to innovate the family business that he runs with his father and brother.

Masterclasses run for 45-minutes.

Participants will have the option to receive a pair of Lowe #1 secateurs as part of their entry ticket.

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Grafting Masterclasses

with Noel Mason, AG & HC Mason

Corner Mawson Road & Masons Road, Forest Range SA 5139

  • 11.00 am, Tuesday, 4th August, 2020
  • 2.00 pm, Thursday, 6th August, 2020

Grafting is one of the most common ways of converting apple and pear trees from one variety to another. Grafting involves joining a portion of one plant (bud or scion) into the stem, root or branch of another in such a way that a union forms and they continue to grow together.

In these Masterclasses, Noel Mason will provide a hands-on demonstration of different styles of grafting that he commonly uses in his orchard and apple nursery.

Noel and his family are among the leading apple growers in South Australia and his orchard is highly regarded across Australia.

Masterclasses run for 45-minutes.

Participants will receive a Ryset grafting/pruning knife and grafting tape.

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Apples and pears are commonly referred to as pome fruits. The word pome is a Middle English term meaning fruit, from Anglo-French pume, pomme apple, fruit, ultimately from Late Latin pomum. It was first used in the late 14th century to describe a fleshy fruit (such as an apple or pear) consisting of an outer thickened fleshy layer and a central core usually with five seeds enclosed in a capsule.

In botany, a pome is a type of fruit produced by flowering plants in the subtribe Malinae of the family Rosaceae.