An apple orchard was established at the Old Fort in the early 1900s. It is a combination of crab apples and traditional apples established on above ground grafts. There are no records indicating what varieties are present. In 2012, work began to identify varieties in the orchard:
Identify trees with marked row and number tag
Take pictures of tree to document shape
Take pictures of blooms in spring
Take pictures of apples including butterfly view
2013 Orchard Pruning Workshop and Grafting Demonstration
Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 1:30 - 4 pm
Download 2013 Flyer
Check out our Old Fort at Hesperus Facebook page for pictures from this event.
On March 31, 2012 an Assessment workshop was held in the orchard. With the help of Jude Schuenemeyer from Let it Grow in Cortez, twenty people learned about assessing and pruning old style orchards.
Click here for a short video from the Assessment workshop.
Recommended Resources for identifying old varieties of apples:
Apples of New York (2 volumes). Published in 1905 by the New York (State). Dept. of Agriculture, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station under the guidance of Spencer Ambrose Beach, Nathaniel Ogden Booth and Orrin Morehouse Taylor. Available for free download on Google Books. The download is 26 mb and over 700 pages but a great resource.
Old Southern Apples, by Creighton Leigh Calhoon, Jr.
A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.
Big Horse Creek Nursery - Specializing in Antique and Heirloom Apple Trees. Use resources on left side of main page to help you identify your varieties using bloom and fruit.