New England Botanic Garden’s Historic Apple Orchard

The apple collection at New England Botanic Garden began as a passion project of Stearns Lothrop Davenport, a former trustee of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, who decided during the Great Depression to make preserving heirloom apple varieties his life’s work. Because of Davenport’s commitment to collecting and reproducing unique heirloom apples, the orchard showcases 119 antique varieties in an orchard of 238 trees. 

Today, the Frank L. Harrington Sr. Orchard, is in its newest chapter. In 2018, New England Botanic Garden began a restoration project to replace the 238 trees in collection which had reached the end of their intended lifespans and were facing increased disease pressure. Using scionwood