Lander workshop to teach orchard ‘guilding’

Attention, Sublette

gardeners! On Saturday, June 29, you are

invited to attend the free workshop in Lander

– Permaculture: Creating Orchard Guilds

Hands-on Workshop.

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]


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