Elizabethan Era Apple Varieties Planted in Staunton Community Garden
People gather at the Newtown Community Garden to plant Elizabethan era apple tree varieties
Apple trees from Shakespeare's time are growing in a community garden in Staunton on the bard's birthday.
Volunteers from Transition Staunton Augusta joined Roanoke College Environmental Studies professor Jon Cawley at the Newtown Community Garden Tuesday. He taught them to graft rare apple varieties dating back to England's Elizabethan era to root stalk for planting.
Cawley says each apple tree will tell a centuries-old story.
"Some of the stories involve how and why they were saved, some of them involve where they came from. If you plant them, they become teaching aides, they become part of the community," said Cawley.
The first trees will grow on a slope along West Beverley Street and should produce apples for picking in about a year.