nursery production class visited Grimo Nut Nursery in Niagara-on-the-Lake today. It was a fun and interesting tour, nice to get out of the greenhouse for a bit and learn about something really different -- nut trees! Here's a list of all the different nut trees that Grimo offers either as landscape trees or shelling nuts: Heartnut, Buartnut, Butternut, Persian Walnut, Black Walnut, Hazelnut, Chinese Chestnut, American Chestnut, Hickory, Ultra Northern Pecan, Ginko, Oaks, Mulberry, Persimmon, Pawpaw, Fig, Quince, Nut Pines. Since I couldn't possibly photograph every single one and still pay attention to what was going on, the photos are only of the highlights during our visit :) My absolute favourite was the heartnuts, I'm sure you'll see a second post on those at some point because their heart shaped shells just beg to be crafted with! For anyone in the St. Catharines / NOTL area I'd highly suggest a visit, and anyone closer to the Lake Erie (Wainfleet) region: Tiffany Mayer just recently posted about her visit to Charles Rhora, our other local nut farmer, on her blog: EatingNiagara!
UPDATE -- a post just about Heartnuts!