They had an amazing variety of fruit to see and taste - I think they said they had over 1,000 varieties! I would guess that they had about 400 varieties of apples, several hundred varieties of grapes, and several hundred varieties of pears. Also present were kiwi, quince, medlar, and a table of unusual fruit and berries from http://onegreenworld.com/. OGW had some plants for sale, and HOS had a few potted plants for sale also. But the "main event" is ordering apples from HOS. After tasting the 400 varieties of apples, you can take your list of favorites to the ordering table, and order your favorite apple grafted onto a rootstock of your choice, for $12 each. Over the winter they will build your trees and you pick them up at their Scion Exchange in the spring.
If you like fruit, especially apples, grapes, and pears, you should plan to attend next year.
Great post, Dave. Actually, the HOS has two big events, the All about Fruit Show, and the Spring Fruit Propagation Fair/Scion Exchange.
There are also other smaller events: grafting classes, pruning classes, Yard tours of experienced fruit growers, tours of fruit businesses, espalier classes, bud grafting classes and fruit tastings, cider tours, graft-ins for the Temperate Orchard Conservancy, tours of the arboretum, and other activities that I can't think of right now.
The Spring Fruit Propagation Fair and Scion Exchange is on Sunday, March 16th, just in time to get your green apples grafted for St. Patrick's Day. We'll also have free cuttings as well as scions, so you don't have to graft to get free plants after your admission.
Check us out at www.homeorchardsociety.org