The California Rare Fruit Growers really know how to throw a scion exchange. Maybe due to the change in venue from San Francisco to Berkeley or maybe because of the public's increased interest in edible gardening, this year's exchange seemed to draw an even larger crowd. And I doubt anyone was disappointed. As usual, there were tables overflowing with bags of fruit tree cuttings, organized by fruit type and labeled with variety. Around the perimeter of the room there were tables with rootstocks or supplies to purchase and experienced fruit growers to ask all the questions you can think of.
My goal was very simple this year: I just wanted cherry cuttings to graft to my Ranier cherry tree. I went with a list of potential cross-pollinators and came away with three varieties to try--Black Tartian, Black Republican, and Van. For the cost of a $4 donation and another $1 to purchase some more parafilm to do the grafts, I may finally get some cherries!