This event is not to be missed for all fruit enthusiasts. We focus on sharing free scion wood from all sorts of fruit trees and vines — common favorites, heirlooms, rare and experimental varieties – usually 500+ varieties. We supply rootstocks to graft them onto at a nominal price, and expert grafters who can custom-graft fruit trees on the spot for a nominal fee.
In addition, multiple vendors supply a tremendous variety of fruiting plants you won’t find anywhere else for some incredible deals.
We offer free grafting demonstration classes for beginners, plus experts are available to answer your fruit-growing questions.
This year’s event will be Late January, 2018 at the Santa Rosa Veterans’ Memorial. Check our upcoming events page for additional details. Members also share scions throughout the year – membership info here.
Members-only early access: 9:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m
General public access: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Free for members. $5 for non-members, nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Collecting and Sharing Scions
Collecting Scions at the Exchange
Bring gallon ziplock baggies, tape and a sharpie marker to label your scions. Help yourself to no more than a scion or two of each variety you will really graft this year.
Download our Scion Exchange guide (pdf).
Preparing Scions for Contribution
Please take care in the labeling of any scions you’d like to bring to the Scion Exchange. Scions should be cut from clean, one-year-old wood, about 1/4 inch in diameter and generally no more than 6 inches long so that they fit in attendees’ gallon ziplock bags. Please bring then in clearly-labelled gallon ziplock bags.
Download the Scion Label Form
VIDEO: Getting Ready for the CRFG Scion Exchange
- A video at YouTube on how to collect and label scions.
- A Press Democrat article about members and grafting, including Fred who has 100 varieties of apples on one tree.
- If you are donating plants to the raffle, please label them with this form.
Additional scion exchanges are held at CRFG chapters throughout California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Click here to find the closest chapter and whom to contact for dates of events.