gardeners! On Saturday, June 29, you are
invited to attend the free workshop in Lander
– Permaculture: Creating Orchard Guilds
The workshop, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., is sponsored
by Central Wyoming College-Lander
at its Alpine Science Institute Historic Apple
Orchard at the former Sinks Canyon Center.
Permaculture plantings with fruit trees, in this
case apples, means massing a “guild” of plants
to benefit each other.
“Guilding is a permaculture practice,” explained
CWC Lander’s Joanne Slingerland.
“Guilds are groups of plants that support the
fruit tree and increase its survivability by attracting
pollinators, accumulating nutrients,
fixing atmospheric nitrogen, conserving water
and many other beneficial functions.”
Participants will learn about guild plant selection,
the functions of guild plants and benefits
of companion planting.
Sublette gardeners – do not be deterred by
Lander’s apparently more temperate climate
and growing season! Slingerland is excited to
think Sublette gardeners might participate (and
perhaps make a stop at Sprouts Greenhouse?).
“Yes, I think this topic would be appropriate
for Sublette County’s challenging growing
zones,” she said. “There are some very hearty
varieties of apple trees available. Any tree
nursery would have good recommendations.
A guild can support many kinds of fruit trees.
It would be great to have some folks from the
Pinedale area attend our workshop.”
She explained, “Lander’s climate supports
some varieties of plums, cherries and apricots.
Again, a tree nursery would have some good
recommendations. Sprout’s Greenhouse in
Lander is very knowledgeable.”
In June before this Lander workshop, Slingerland
will be attending a permaculture workshop
in Basalt, Colorado, which is higher than
7,000 feet and “had success with permaculture
at those high elevations.”
Everyone will have a chance to get their
hands dirty and design a guild of their own.
Plant materials and work tools are provided.
Be prepared to be outside and bring water,
snacks or a sack lunch, sunscreen, work
gloves, sturdy shoes (no sandals or flipflops)
and a notebook.
For more information, contact Joanne at
CWC Lander (307) 855-2330 or email [email protected]