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California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) Scion Exchange


California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) Scion Exchange

Fruit Tree Grafting Lessons and Cuttings / Scion Exchange Jan 23 

Fruit tree cuttings/scions, and expert custom-grafted apple, pear, peach, fig, citrus, plum trees and more will be for sale to the public at low cost by the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) garden club annual Scion Exchange on January 23rd 10:00AM until 1:00PM, at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building at 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, across from the county fair grounds. CRFG members are allowed in an hour early at 9AM. You can join at the door.

California Rare Fruit Growers – Scion Exchange

The annual Scion and Plant Exchange is where over 500 varieties of common, rare and experimental scions (cuttings) and fruiting plants from all over Northern California are available. A $5 entry fee gets you a selection of scions, and includes all pruning and grafting classes. Custom grafting by expert grafters of your scion selections to rootstocks is available for just a few dollars more. There are grafting and planting demonstration classes for beginners, plus experts and hobbyists to answer questions for more advanced gardeners. Proceeds fund agricultural scholarships and donations to worthy fruit-oriented non-profit organizations. Bring a gallon baggie, tape and Sharpie to mark your scion acquisitions.

More details at

Scion Exchange Tables


There are literally thousands of varieties of trees, vines and shrubs that bear edible fruit. Most people are familiar with only the most common varieties of fruits that are available commercially in stores. Many of these commercial varieties are available primarily because of the durability of the fruit for shipping, handling and storage rather than for best flavor. Even though the best tasting fruits can be too fragile for commercial distribution, they are perfectly suited to the home-gardener.

Anyone with at least a six foot by six foot patch of open sunlight can successfully grow a tree with delicious fruits, even if only in a box of soil on pavement. Some fruit-bearing vines, like strawberries, can even grow from a hanging basket without using any ground at all. Properly selected fruit-bearing plants can also be used for edible landscaping, proving a pleasing visual display in addition to gourmet treats. Multiple fruit varieties can be grown on the same plant by means of simple grafting techniques, resulting in a "fruit salad" tree!

Many of the best tasting fruits are only available from specialty catalogs and growers, or through hobbyist organizations like California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG). CRFG promotes interest in all aspects of fruit growing, with special emphasis on rare and unusual fruits. North Bay CRFG members in "Luther Burbank country" get together regularly to taste fruits, trade plants, and to swap tips on local growing techniques and what grows best in local conditions and micro-climate pockets. One recent meeting featured over 150 different locally-grown fruits to taste!

Video of how to prepare for the Scion Exchange