Budding and Grafting Workshop

Earlier this year we organised a Budding and Grafting Workshop in conjunction with Friends of Noosa Botanic Gardens, which sadly had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. We are now in negotiations to reschedule this workshop for October.

It may be necessary to restrict the numbers for this workshop in order to practice safe social distancing. Naturally first offers will go to those who enrolled last time, and we will be writing to them very soon.

We are also putting out a call for anyone else who would like to attend, to please register their expression of interest with us. If we have sufficient numbers we may be able to run a second session.

Please send your interest to [email protected] and we will be in touch as soon as we have final numbers.

If you are interested in knowing more about this workshop, here are details from last time:

We all know that for many species of tree it is preferable to purchase a grafted variety – it can mean the tree is better able to cope with climatic conditions, and in many cases will result in fruiting years before a seeded variety. But grafted trees are always much more expensive to purchase because it is a labour-intensive job to get these trees ready for sale. If you’ve ever thought you’d like to do this yourself, this workshop provides a very special opportunity to learn about propagation of plants through budding and grafting—knowledge that can be applied to a great many species of tree. Our expert presenters Jenny Iriondo and Paul Plant will run through the differences between grafting and budding, and which technique is best used for which species. They will cover the use, care and maintenance of equipment, and there will be multiple opportunities to try out budding citrus varieties, and grafting Australian natives. At the end of the workshop you will take home your new budded citrus tree, a grafted native, a budding and grafting knife and tape, and the knowledge to care for the new trees until they are ready for planting.

This workshop presents incredible value. Jenny and Paul will be available throughout the workshop to answer questions and help out on an individual basis. And also included in the cost of the course is all the equipment needed to continue propagating at home.

Workshop Details

Name:  Budding and Grafting Workshop
Date:   Saturday 10 October, 2020 (to be confirmed)
Time:   9.00 am to 12.00 noon
Venue: Tinbeerwah Hall, 836 Sunrise Rd, Tinbeerwah
Cost:    $55 per person $45 for members of Friends of Noosa Botanic Gardens and                    Permaculture Noosa (equipment and plant material included)
Bring:   Water bottle, notepad and pen tea and coffee will be provided

About our Presenters

Jenny Iriondo
Jenny started Cedar Creek Nursery with her husband in 1989. It is a family business which she runs with her two sons. Primarily the nursery supplies budded citrus trees to the wholesale market and commercial nurseries, including Bunnings. For health and environmental reasons, the extensive nursery is run chemical-free. Jenny’s knowledge and enthusiasm is inspirational, and she is kindly donating the root stock and budding material from her nursery for this course.

Paul Plant
Paul is a well-known horticulturalist and landscaper, author and consultant, based in South East Queensland. He is editor of SubTropical Gardening Magazine and regular Saturday morning garden presenter on NoosaFM radio. Paul is a popular presenter at garden events throughout South East Queensland and Sydney where his enthusiasm for collecting and growing unusual plants inspires other gardeners to expand their growing experience. Among other notable positions he has held, he was previous Chair of Friends of Noosa Botanic Gardens.