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Summer Workshop: Let’s Talk Apples

Tue, July 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive PO Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505
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Co-Hosted by: The Ecological Landscape Alliance and Tower Hill Botanic Garden (THBG)
An apple a day keeps the doctor away…   but who takes care of the apples?

Extablished in 1842, THBG is the home of the Worcester County Horticultural Society and includes 171 acres of woodland trails, formal gardens, and educational facilities. Nestled among the gardens and trails is THBG’s heritage orchard.  This historical orchard features the Davenport Collection of heirloom apples, more than 200 trees representing over 100 varieties from the 1800s and before.

Join ELA and THGB for an afternoon of orchard information exchange.
Approved for NOFA AOLCP credits.

Topics will include:

  • The Davenport Collection Through the Years
    Mark Richardson sets the stage for the afternoon orchard workshop with a discussion of the heritage collection at Tower Hill Botani Garden.
  • Orchard Management Practices
    Ben Crouch provides an overview of how to care for your orchard through the summer and how to achieve a successful harvest in the fall.
  • Adaptive Strategies for Dealing with Fire Blight and Other
    Orchard Challenges
    Bacterial disease of fruit trees begins with an opportunity to enter the vascular system of the tree. The organism causing fire blight, Erwinia amylovora, takes advantage of open blossoms and tender shoot growth when conditions are right. Michael Phillips shares his holistic approach to preventing this devastating disease, an approach which hinges on competitive colonization in all the right places.
  • Creating a More Resilient Orchard for the Future
    Linda Hoffman focuses on ‘outrageous diversity’ to create a healthy orchard ecosystem that will stand the test of time. She introduces two Japanese orchardists who inspired her practices for Old Frog Pond Farm’s orchard. Linda also shares some of the challenges and lessons learned in the orchard.

The afternoon will wrap up with a panel discussion featuring all of our orchard experts who will continue strategy discussions and will take questions from the audience.

Mark Richardson is the director of horticulture for Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Mark oversees the organization’s living collection, which includes 17 gardens, indoor conservatories, growing areas, and surrounding woodlands. Mark was formerly the horticulture director at New England Wild Flower Society (now the Native Plant Trust) where he led all aspects of the Society’s Horticulture and Horticulture Research and Development Departments, including the 45-acre native plant botanical garden, Garden in the Woods in Framingham, and Nasami Farm Native Plant Nursery in Whately. Mark also serves as a Trustee on the ELA Board of Directors.

Benjamin Crouch is the founder and owner of Land of Plenty a Boston-area landscape design, installation, and maintenance firm that specializes in edible and naturalistic landscapes for residential and commercial properties. Land of Plenty uses environmentally friendly products and practices and works with property owners to create sustainable landscapes and gardens.
Ben was previously the Urban Orchards Director for the Boston-based non-profit, EarthWorks. Ben is a NOFA Accredited Organic Landscape Professional and Ecological Landscape Alliance member.

Michael Phillips is an orchardist and organic orchard consultant in addition to his roles as writer, farmer, carpenter, and speaker. Michael lives on Heartsong Farm in northern New Hampshire, where he grows apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. Michael is the author of Mycorrhizal Planet: How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility; The Apple Grower; and The Holistic Orchard.
His Lost Nation Orchard is part of the Holistic Orchard Network. He also leads the community orchard movement at

Linda Hoffman is the orchardist at Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio in Harvard, MA.
Certified since 2006, the farm grows over 80 varieties of apples, both heirloom as well as new disease resistant trees, as well as Asian pears, peaches, small fruit, and vegetables.


Tue, July 23, 2019
1:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
$30 – $40
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Penny Lewis


Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive PO Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505
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