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apple tasting in HRC orchard

In the fall, it's all about apples at  the Arboretum. In the research orchard, the Education Department's  Randy Gage discusses the apple breeding process.

tasting apples

Participants examine apple samples for color and texture, two criteria that help determine whether a new apple cultivar survives early testing.

Team 1 youth participants

Shanell and Aneesa from Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

team 1

Shanell, Kate and Aneesa from Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Team 3 youth participants

Arturo and Carlos from Chicago Botanic Garden's Green Youth Farm

Team 3

Arturo, Laura and Carlos from Chicago Botanic Garden's Green Youth Farm

 

                                     Photos by Tim Kenny

sorting apples

Randy demonstrates how apples are sorted.

more apple tasting

The ultimate criterion resides in the mouth!

2011 YV youth participants

2011 Youth Voices youth participants

2011 participants

2011 Youth Voices Conference youth participants with their leaders

Team 4 youth participants

Jazmine and Melissa from Chicago Botanic Garden's College First program

Team 4

Jazmine, Shelly and Melissa from Chicago Botanic Garden's College First program

learning about apples in the apple house

In the Arboretum's Apple House, there's more learn about one of nature's most diverse (and delicious) plants.

marking apple preferences

Participants mark their preferences for apples they've tasted.

Team 2 youth participants

Cameron and Sherrell from Cleveland Botanical Garden's Green Corps

team 3

Cameron, Sherrell and Danielle from Cleveland Botanical Garden's Green Corps

Host team youth participants

Stacy, Jaimie and Deedra from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Urban Garden Youth Employment program

Host team

Randy, Stacy, Jaimie, Xavier and Deedra from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Urban Urban Garden Youth Employment program