Ames Orchard and Nursery
Specializing in disease resistant fruit trees and plants suited for the Ozarks,
including apple, pear, grape, elderberry, pawpaw, and other fruits.
Reasonable prices. Expert advice.
What’s New?? Ready to take reservations for fall planting
2021! What a year! The February deep freeze (Fayetteville recorded a record 20 degrees below zero!) took a toll then the three late freezes in April took more. We won’t have any muscadines or mulberries to sell this year. We’ll be short on some other items too, but the apples sailed through unscathed and we’ll have some beautiful elderberrry, blackberry and other fruiting plants. Given the short supply of some items, it would be advisable to reserve plants soon. Unless you’re a previous customer, we’ll ask for a 20% deposit to reserve plants. Remember, we go with the natural cycles of these things, so most of our plants won’t be ready to transplant until they’ve gone naturally dormant (dropped their leaves), usually early November.
Don’t Miss Our Facebook Page!
The Ames Orchard & Nursery Facebook page is where we post a lot of timely stuff, like what fruit we’re bringing to the Fayetteville Farmers Market, photos of huge or cool or beautiful fruit, notices about upcoming workshops (ours and others), etc. You can message us from there, too.
We are now Certified Naturally Grown!
Our nursery stock is now Certified Naturally Grown (CNG)! Our fruit has been CNG for many years, but we finally went that extra step and had the nursery certified too. If you’re not familiar with CNG, it has identical “accepted or prohibited” practices and substances as Certified Organic. The only significant difference is CNG requires peer inspection (meaning inspection by other farmers) rather than inspection by an outside third-party. The costs of Certified Organic put it out of reach for most small-scale and many medium-scale farmers, so CNG is a good fit for us.
Practically, being CNG means that we rely on cover crops, composts, and manures for soil fertility and cultural and biological methods for pest control. This isn’t a big change for us! But we’re glad to make it official and hope that you appreciate the extra assurance of high quality plants grown in an environmentally sound manner.
If you want more information on CNG, go to https://www.cngfarming.org/https://www.cngfarming.org/
Fall planting is best! But…
IF the ground isn’t frozen, you can plant trees in the Ozarks all through the winter. So, though fall (November & December) is best, January and February and even early March is better than planting late in March and certainly better than in April!
We guarantee that the plant we sell you is alive and inspected by the Arkansas State Plant Board for freedom from disease. If your plant never comes out of dormancy, we will replace it free of charge. We are not responsible for lack of care, “acts of God,” or other factors that could damage your plant once you plant it.