1. The world-famous CRFG Scion Exchanges are once again about to begin.  Please check the relevant chapter websites for more information.  Here are the dates we have so far:

January 13: Arizona – 10 AM – 1 PM, Valley Garden Center, 1809 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, Includes propagation demonstrations for grafting, rooting, air-layering

January 20: Orange County – 10AM – Noon, Orange County Fairgrounds, Millennium Barn

January 27: Los Angeles – 10 AM, Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino

January 27: Monterey Bay – Soquel High School, 401 Soquel-San Jose Road, Soquel

January 27: North San Diego – 10-12. See chapter website for more info.

February 3: Foothill Chapter – 10 AM – Noon, LA County Arboretum, 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, Palm Room classroom. The Arboretum will charge non-chapter members $15 admission; they have a list of Foothill Chapter members who get in free.

February 3: Santa Clara Valley – 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Gym, 2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto

February 3: Inland Empire – Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District in Riverside

February 4: Sacramento, La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Eagle Road, Carmichael

February 10: West Los Angeles10 AM – Noon in the MultiPurpose Room, Culver City Veterans Memorial  Building, 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230.  Both the grafting demos and scion exchange are free and open to the public, though chapter members get first crack at scion wood. 

February 10: San Joaquin, 10 AM – 2 PM, Salvation Army Garden, 893 Lander Ave, Turlock.

February 11: Golden Gate, Noon – 3 PM, $5 entry, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill

February 11: South Orange County, 10 AM – 2 PM, Irvine Great Park Farm and Food Lab Plant Cuttings / Anything Garden-related Exchange. We will also be having grafting demonstrations in the weeks prior to the event.

February 17: South Bay, 9:45 – 11:30 AM, South Coast Botanical Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90274 Free Admission and Open to the public. Chapter members will be given priority for entry and scion selection.

February 17: Central Coast, Cal Poly Crops Unit, San Luis Obispo

February 17: Redwood Empire, Veterans Building, Santa Rosa

February 24: Mendocino Permaculture Winter Abundance Gathering, Anderson Valley Grange


Categories: Scion Exchange


Edward Sutton · January 5, 2022 at 8:17 pm

new to grafting , want to learn to graft pears, Asian persimmons, inter species plums, apricots etc.

    Ronni Kern · February 1, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Edward, no idea where you are located but you can find your closest chapter on our Chapters page. This month (and last) are when most grafting demos are scheduled for those chapters holding them during the Pandemic.

Donald P Garcia · January 17, 2022 at 6:03 pm

Scion exchange

Maria · February 1, 2022 at 12:42 pm

Dear Gardeners,
In two days we will be visiting San Diego, California from Europe. We want to visit one of your gardens. It is possible? If so, please send an address or telephone number, so we can contact with you when we are there. Thanks for answering.

jm majer · February 2, 2022 at 6:20 pm

What day is the scion exchange?

    Ronni Kern · February 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    That totally depends on which chapter you are talking about. Each chapter schedules its own exchange. Go the Chapters and locate the one closest to you.

Michael King · February 12, 2022 at 7:10 pm

Anyone know if any cultivars if pawpaw is easier to establish than others? I tried two seedlings in pots, planted on shady spot, kept them watered but both died. In Auburn, but a cool microclimate.

    Rosendo · October 31, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Anyone know where I can find some Nikita cuttings or mammoth

    Jordan · January 25, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Michael King, Paw Paws are more finicky. Best time to graft is when that species buds are swelling in nature around where you live.

    Jordan · January 25, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Michael King, Paw Paws are more finicky. Best time to graft is when that species buds are swelling in nature around where you live.

Mark w · February 25, 2022 at 12:27 pm

I’m wanting a scion cutting for grafting a avocado tree I have grown from seed. I live in Tennessee

    admin862 · March 10, 2022 at 10:57 am

    In all honesty, avos do better grafted with fresh wood. You would have more success finding someone near you with avos. Also check out http://www.scion-exchange.com/trade/

Joe Real · January 11, 2023 at 6:39 pm

Sacramento Scionwood Exchange is on February 26, 2023 at La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael

    Ronni Kern · January 11, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks, Joe. I’ll add it to the schedule.

    Randy · January 31, 2023 at 1:47 am

    I have a small 5ft tall Stewart (type A flower) that is about 5 years old which bares fruit from late Oct into Dec, here in Galt. It bore fruit of about dozen in 2020, nothing in 2021 after being nipped by frost, and only 1 in 2022. I have never grafted before, but have watched several YT videos on grafting and would like to give it a try with Haas and a Reed? Is it possible that I could buy those scions at La Sierra on Feb 26th and what is the best times to be there?

      Ronni Kern · February 3, 2023 at 9:08 am

      Why not contact the Sacramento chapter directly?

      SJW · February 26, 2023 at 4:17 am

      I plan to be at La Sierra around 1100 with Mexicola scion…….cold tolerant and thriving but not fruiting in Roseville-Steve

Gordon · January 14, 2023 at 9:39 am

Please, I need help finding Weeping Santa Rosa plum trees. Any ideas ?

    S J W · February 26, 2023 at 4:11 am

    I will be at Sacramento exchange and have Santa Rosa plum wood but non-weepig

Susan Gilmour · January 14, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Is the Santa Clara chapter exchange actually happening on 2/4/23? Can’t find any info on it, is it members only this year?

Lisa Wright · January 14, 2023 at 10:07 pm

The Inland Empire chapter will host their 2nd 2023 exchange focusing on Subtropicals at the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District (downtown Riverside, 4500 Glenwood Dr.), Saturday, March 4, 2023. Please bring avocado scions or rootstock to graft, also banana pups and other subtropicals. There will be a 1 hour Avocado talk prior to the exchange. Looking forward to seeing you! Follow at facebook.com/iecrfg. Please share.
Our first of the year scion exchange took place January 7th, 2023 with over 70 people in attendance. Great networking and renewing friendships. I love what we do!

John Valenzuela · January 23, 2023 at 5:10 pm

The Golden Gate chapter Scion exchange will be on Sunday Feb 5, 2023 at the Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill Calif.

More details here:

Thanks Ronni!

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