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34th Annual Golden Gate Scion Exchange 2024



Sunday, February 11, 2024 (Rain Or Shine)
11:00 am CFRG Members Only  Join/Renew before our Exchange

12:00 pm–3:00 pm Open to the Public



Diablo Valley College, Horticultural Nursery, Free Parking: Lot 9
321 Golf Club Rd
Pleasant Hill CA 94523

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As the largest amateur fruit-growing organization in the world, our famous annual Scion Exchanges are the most prominent event by which California Rare Fruit Growers serves its mission. Find the best varieties for growing your own fruit.



Select from hundreds of varieties to graft onto your trees including almonds, apples, Asian plums, cane berries, cherries, currents & gooseberries, European plums, grapes, kiwis, mulberries, nuts, olives, other fruits, peaches, pears, persimmons, plumcots, pomegranates, quince, vegetable seeds, and seedlings that are seasonally appropriate for propagation. (Availability subject to what is donated.)


We do have a limited amount of scions. In the spirit of the Exchange, please harvest scions from your trees if you know what they are. Instructions are at the bottom of this page.


Watch experienced grafters who will demonstrate grafting techniques. Members of CRFG will do their best to answer all your grafting questions!


Scions to Graft: 

What is a Scion? In a well-pruned orchard, trees grow vigorously, and last year's growth (scions) can be 3 feet or even longer. On an old tree that has not been pruned in many years, the new growth can be as short as an inch or less. Scions for the exchange are best harvested from vigorous growth.

Scions for grafting are usually harvested in the dormant season. They're cut from clean, one-year-old wood, about 1/4 inch in diameter (no thinner than a pencil). Also known as fruitwood/budwood, scionwood ensures you get the cultivar you want to eat the fruit of.


Cuttings to Root:

Cuttings are also available to propagate by rooting in soil including: Fig, Grape, Pomegranate, Kiwi, Mulberry, Brambles, & more.

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Scion Exchange Poster:  Print & Post


Join Now Don't wait until the Scion Exchange. Join or renew your membership to CRFG and to our Chapter for early member only access to the Exchange and members only opportunities:

  1. Join CRFG to help us support our mission—including scion exchanges!
  2. Subscribe to the Golden Gate Chapter Newsletter to be informed of exclusive orchard tours, events, grafting classes, fruit tastings, and educational opportunities


Download Your Comprehensive Guide to the Scion Exchange: 

   Making the Best of the CRFG Scion Exchange (pdf)




$5 Entry for Members and Non-Members (Exact cash please!)


What NOT to Bring:


Scion Exchange Essential Knowledge

• Your Master Guide: Making the Best of the CRFG Scion Exchange (pdf)
• Grafting Fruit Trees with Graham Stott (pdf)
• Grafting Dormant Deciduous Fruit Scions with Idell Weydemeyer (pdf)
• Photos & Diagrams for Grafting Fruit Trees with Graham Stott (pdf)
• How to Graft with Illustrations with Idell Weydemeyer (pdf)
• What is a Scion Exchange?
How Harvest Scions for a Scion Exchange
• What Should Members and Attendees Bring?
• Labels to Print for the Scion bags you bring to the Exchange
• Watch Videos showing how to harvest and prepare scions for an Exchange
How to Collect Scionwood with Photos
   (Do not use paper towels for storage to avoid mold.)


• List of all 2024 CRFG Scion Exchanges

Nonprofits interested in Tabling Contact Us Here with "Tabling for 2024 Scion Exchange" in the Subject Header of your email and pertinent information.


Vendors interested in Selling Contact Us Here with "Vending for 2024 Scion Exchange" in the Subject Header of your email and pertinent information.


 Scion Exchange questions? [email protected]

         Golden Gate Chapter questions? [email protected]

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