Picture credit: TreeofFruit.com
As a lover of gardening, IAI’s first business combined entrepreneurship and landscaping (dba PMS Management – The Royal College of Obstetricians offers some advice!). Landscaping was more fun than weeding, but the real fun is in using rootone to propagate azaleas and for more challenging tasks like horticultural grafting (a HG history here).
An artist names Sam van Aken at Treeof40Fruit.com gained attention a couple of years back for creating a “Tree of Forty Fruits” (or ToFFs) and gave a TED talk to explain his inspiration and his process and dedication to heirloom tree preservation:
The tree of forty fruits | Sam Van Aken | TEDxManhattan – YouTube- The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties the Tree of 40 Fruit are a form of conservsation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.