Producing Native Plants at Large and Small Scales

Producing Native Plants at Large and Small Scales

American Public Gardens Association’s Native Plants and Plant Conservation Symposium

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Leslie Hunter Cario, Principal, Chesapeake Horticultural Services, LLC

There are many opportunities and challenges associated with propagating native plants for conservation on a small scale.
Adkins Arboretum, with support from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, is sourcing and evaluating select native plants
of local provenance in order to enhance the offerings of ornamental horticulture through its Native Plant Propagation Initiative. Leslie highlights some of these opportunities and challenges by contrasting her experience operating a wholesale native plant nursery with the volunteer-powered initiative at Adkins.

Horticulture and Design Panel: Sourcing and Growing Native Ecotypes

Horticulture and Design Panel: Sourcing and Growing Native Ecotypes

American Public Gardens Association’s Native Plants and Plant Conservation Symposium

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Moderated by Mark Richardson, Botanic Garden Director, New England Wild Flower Society
Panelists: Amy Highland, Director of Collections, Mt. Cuba Center; Annie White, Owner and Principal Designer, Nectar Landscape
Design Studio, LLC; Uli Lorimer, Curator of Native Flora, Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and Leslie Hunter Cario, Principal, Chesapeake Horticultural Services, LLC.

Deciding what native plants to grow for conservation initiatives or to introduce to the public involves many decisions about plant desirability, seed availability, seed collection practices, and propagation protocols. In this panel we will have representatives from large and small native plant propagation projects that have both conservation and marketing focuses. Discussion on how species are selected, who collects and processes seeds, ethical and conservation practices followed in seed collection, and collaborations that have proved useful will be discussed.