“Budding and grafting is an ancient practice that is part science, part art and always fun,” Creech said. “We bud and graft when cuttings won’t root or they root and grow off too slowly. We also bud and graft to take advantage of a superior rootstock — one that dwarfs the top or provides disease or insect resistance, or allows a plant to grow in a soil that is generally not suitable.”
Participants will practice on a variety of plants and will take home their own grafted Japanese maple tree. Attendees should bring a small, sharp pocketknife. All additional materials will be provided.
The cost is $25 for SFA Gardens’ members and $30 for nonmembers. Space is limited. Register by calling (936) 468-1832, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.