|With a scion in his mouth (he does not smoke)|
David King prepares to show students
how to graft an apple tree.
Grafting is a science and an art. Most courses will give you a practical introduction to grafting, but in this class you get into the art and history of grafting - learning how grafting has been used over the years in many ways to make plants do what humans want and need (without genetic engineering!).
But it's not just grafting! So many ways we have made more plants, some times by multiplication and sometimes by division. Seed sowing, seed saving and plant breeding are discussed and illustrated. Hands on exercises every week ensure you know the material and help students get the concepts into their fingers.
These procedures cover all the historical methodologies by which humankind has made more plants. This library of techniques came close to being lost in the last few decades but now are appreciated as the valuable and practical skills they are.
You can learn these skills from a lot of different people, but learning from David King is a treat with his down to earth connection to the subjects and his humor keeping you alert for the next line. Class is held at the Learning Garden 1:30 to 4:30 on Sundays starting January 11th. Register with UCLA Extension. Class size is limited so please register as soon as you can!
|New 'old stock' German grafting knife|
that is a favorite.