|La Colline, Philadelphia, PA. May 2008. Wendy R. Concannon, photographer|
The Oxford English Dictionary defines espalier as 1. a lattice-work or frame-work upon which fruit trees or ornamental shrubs are trained and 2. a fruit tree trained on a lattice, usually of woodwork, or on stakes. While espalier refers to the framework that supports the plant, the term also implies the whole process, the framework, the plant, and the act of training the plant.
|The Patterson Garden, Litchfield, CT. May 2010. Marla J. Patterson, photographer|
The next time you are wishing that you had apples sooner, consider planting an apple tree right along your kitchen wall!
Julie Hunter, 2012 Summer Intern
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