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Heirloom Southern Apples: Past, Present and Future

March 23, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The morning session begins with a presentation by orchardist and author Diane Flynt, founder of Foggy Ridge Cider and author of Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South. Next, Dr. Stephen Mihm, Head of the Department of History, and Gareth Crosby, Heritage Garden Curator at the State Botanical Garden, will discuss their efforts to preserve heirloom southern apples and educate the public about this fruit. The morning session ends with a panel including Ann Marie Thornton, Co-owner of James Creek Cider House & James Creek Orchards; Tim Mercier, owner of Mercier Orchards; David Anderson, Agricultural Specialist for the United South and Eastern Tribes; Jason Bowen, Horticulturist at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm & Southern Heritage Apple Orchard; and Joshua Fuder, UGA Extension Agent. Lunch includes a book signing and heirloom apple tree sale.

The optional add-on afternoon session consists of an apple tree grafting class led by State Botanical Garden staff and Extension faculty.

Come immerse yourself in the world of heirloom apples, past, present and future!


March 23
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Botanical Garden Horticulture Department


Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room
State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
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