21st October 2012
The tradition of growing apple trees is celebrated in the annual Apple Day events in October and this year members of the British Plant Nursery Guide, have joined forces to run a range of talks by experts, tasting sessions and children’s events to encourage more people to grow their own fruit, especially some of the old varieties.
18th October : Thornhayes Nursery, Devon
Tree expert, Kevin Croucher, will lead you in an autumnal sampling feast of a range of varieties of dessert and culinary apples and apple recipes. The 33 acre tree nursery offer an excellent range of apples and other fruit trees and with Kevin’s expertise he will make sure you have the right tree for your situation and needs. Cost £21 - There are limited spaces so booking is essential.
Kevin runs various courses and events throughout the year, an example can be seen on our YouTube site.
20- 21st October : Perrywood, Essex/Suffolk Borders
To celebrate the quintessentially English apple, they will be running a series of events on October 20th & 21st. Family run nursery Perrywood, stock more than 20 varieties of apples including those suitable for desserts, cooking and for growing in smaller spaces. More unusual varieties include:
Howgate Wonder, a very large cooking apple
Pitmaster Pineapple – an old English Russet from the West Midlands, which crops heavily and has a pineapple like flavour
Ashmeads Kernal – an old variety originating from the 1700. Has a unique peardrop flavour
Court of Wick – introduced in 1790 from Yatton, Somerset. Has a crisp yellow flesh
‘Try before you buy’ tasting & Match-making service – Visitors will have the chance to taste some of the old fashioned and modern apples available from the nursery with expert advice to help visitors find the best apple varieties for their garden, whether they are looking for a compact or cordoned specimen or a large heavy cropper for an orchard setting they’ll find the apple tree for you!
Coffee Shop – Special apple dishes will be available in the coffee shop
27th October: Coolings, Kent
Apple Advice 10:00 – 17:00 Interested in growing your own? Need advice on how to get started? Their team of Apple Experts will be on hand to help with all your apple-related questions. Also apple tasting, pruning advice and how to select the best apple tree for your garden.
Meet the Experts 14:30 – 16:00 Author Steve Bradley, regular contributor to The Sun newspaper gardening column and presenter on Radio Kent, shares the benefit of his horticultural experience in this interactive garden advice session! Cost £10 per person
Coffee Shop - A selection of apple based homemade cakes and pudding will be available. Also the Farmer’s & Craft Market will be selling the freshest products and latest crafts from independent local traders.
Buying apple trees - A limited range of Apple trees will be in stock on the day however customers can pre order their trees from the full range which is available from early December.
Throughout October: Wykeham Mature Plants, Yorkshire
During October they will be taking pre orders of the best known apple varieties which crop reliably in the North of England, such as Tydimans Early, Laxtons Superb, Ellisons Orange, Court Perdu, Bramley, Melrose, Elstar, Beauty of Bath (despite the name, experience shows that it will crop well in the North), James Grieve, and Elstar.
This 100 acre specialist tree and mature plants nursery is located just below the North York Moors in the Vale of Pickering on the Downey Estate. They offer a good range of mature fruit trees (5-6 yr old) grown on vigorous root stocks which can create a good sized tree in your garden in a matter of years. The perfect solution to create a large specimen for a feature in your garden or to act as screening with trees reaching up to 20 feet.
Location: Throughout the UK
Telephone: 07753 604296
Visit: Apple Day