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Grapevine Pruning Demonstration

What: Grapevine Pruning Demonstration

Who: Greg Krieger, is a past president of what is now the North Dakota Grape and Wine Association and he has many years of experience of the whys and hows of proper grapevine pruning.

Where: Edible Forest demonstration orchard at the Northern Plains Botanic Garden, 1211 28h Avenue North, Fargo, ND. We will gather at the grape pergola northeast of the parking lot, or you may wander the garden until we start.

When: Registrants - please be there by 2:30 pm on Saturday, May 4.  The demonstration will last until about 4:30, but we will go longer if attendees want more information.  Cold or warm, it’s on. Blizzard, maybe not.

Why: There is no one way to properly prune grapevines, and there are different needs for pruning grapevines at different ages. We have vines in the Edible Forest that range in age from one year old to four years old. The one year olds are ready to start training to a trellis. The four year olds were kind of trained to a trellis, but are pretty much out of control. The demonstration will be using grapevines that have had no proper pruning, much like many homeowner vines.

Registration: Please register for this event by going to the registration page.

The site and host: The Edible Forest is a demonstration orchard started in 2019 on the southeast corner of Yunker Farm in North Fargo.  It is a project of the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society (NPBGS), which runs solely on the kindness of volunteers and community builders. Its intent is two-fold. First, it will show the range of potential kinds of fruits and nuts that can be grown in our region. That is much more than you might think. There are more than 30 kinds of fruit trees and shrubs in the orchard, with nearly 100 cultivars and selections. Second, it will allow people to learn about the traits of each kind of plant and some of the specific care that will allow each to thrive and be most productive. The Edible Forest includes many of the usual types of fruit trees and shrubs, e.g., apples and raspberries. It also includes several fruit and nut trees that are much less commonly grown in our region, e.g., mulberries, shipova, hickory, seedless table grapes, hazelnuts, blackberries, and currants. After four full growing seasons in the orchard for the oldest plants, the orchard is developing nicely. 

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