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|Here in the gardens,
conditions are harsh due to extreme clay soil on a rocky
slope shaded by pinion and juniper trees. The
Nursery is unique in that the plants are all grown in the
gardens which are open to the public for viewing during
regular Nursery hours. Being able to view the parent
plants in a natural garden setting is very helpful in
making decisions on what plants are right for your garden
and growing situation. I use and recommend soil
building supplements made in New Mexico by Soil
Secrets. These products represent the sustainable
soil science of the future and are available here in the
Nursery. I also carry an excellent potting soil,
made in New Mexico, which I use here as well.
Isle of Sky is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am until 5 pm from mid-March through the end of October. The Winter season is devoted to pruning, collecting scion wood for grafting trees and custom grafting. I teach grafting and have a large selection of scion wood available for purchase to those who like to graft their own trees.
I use and recommend dwarf and semi dwarf rootstocks for grafting here in the Nursery. Smaller trees begin to bear fruit much sooner and are easy to protect from damaging weather conditions. Their “footprint” is much smaller, allowing them to be used in small gardens and against fences as espaliers. They do not present a tall profile so are less susceptible to high winds: most can be maintained at or below 8’ tall. Dwarf trees do equally well living in large containers or the ground when planted and cared for properly.*
* Be sure to check out my PLANTING AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS. Though most varieties of apple trees require another variety for pollination, some are self pollinating. It is often possible for me to graft the second variety on to an existing tree.
I take orders for custom grafted trees from early November until the end of February. Look for the order form and details under CUSTOM GRAFTING. I always have a large selection of trees here in the Nursery growing in containers which allows for planting any time. I love apples and grow varieties which I think have the best qualities.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW VARIETIES OF APPLE TREES READY TO
Aeirlie Red Flesh
Calville Blanc d’Hiver
Court Pendu Plat
Cox’s Orange Pippin
Kingston #7 “Cindy”
Yellow Newtown Pippin
Blackberries -- several varieties
Red Raspberries -- several varieties
Sea Buckthorn Berries (male & female)
Austrian Copper Rose
Harrison's Yellow Rose
Sweetbriar Rose -- NM Native
Woods Rose -- native shade lover
varieties growing and producing well here in the garden.
Extensive selection of Culinary and Medicinal Herbs.