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Worlds Largest Grapevine
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A beautiful old grapevine at the SpringBreak Garden Centre in Crowsnest Pass might well be the largest. While it may or may not have bragging rights for being the largest, it is certainly very large.
The main trunk has a girth of 30 inches and it covers about 2,200 square feet in the SpringBreak greenhouse.
Lloyd Schmidt stumbled across the vine on a visit from his Ontario home. Schmidt believes the grape is a Himrod, a cross between a varietal known as ‘Ontario’ and ‘Thompson Seedless,’ which was developed in New York State and released in 1952. Schmidt thinks this vine was propagated from one of 25 plants that his father worked with at Okanagan Mission Vineyard in the ‘50s.
No one is sure exactly how it made the trip to the Crowsnest, but it has definitely thrived.