ECO’s popular Heritage Tree program is now in full swing offering WNC residents heritage apple trees, chestnuts, peaches, blueberries and persimmons. There is no better way to give yourself or a loved one a gift of WNC’s cultural history than a heritage fruit or nut tree or a disease resistant tree. Not only are heritage trees an ideal gift, they are a recession-proof sampling of a simpler time when people grew their own food and purchased fruit not because it shipped well, but because it tasted good. One fruit or nut tree can provide hundreds of dollars a year in family nutrition.
ECO offers gift certificates for its apple, peach and chestnut trees but suggests that purchasers buy them now. All trees come in limited quantities and tend to sell out quickly. (ECO is already close to selling out some varieties.) Heritage apple trees available this year include 10 varieties of dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees for your backyard orchard! These 1-year grafts are 3-4’ tall, in 2-gallon containers and ready for planting and cost $25 per tree. For varieties and ordering, please see ECO’s website at www.eco-wnc.org
All trees are available for pickup at the Hendersonville Visitor’s Center on February 11th, but order now to insure your favorite tree is still available. The Heritage Tree Sale is a fundraiser for ECO. For more information about the sale, call the ECO office at 692-0385 or log on to www.eco-wnc.org