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.

Native Seed Collection Workshop – Adkins Arboretum

Native Seed Collection Workshop

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Location:  Adkins Arboretum

Date:  9/30/2016
Time:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hike to plant communities within the Arboretum for field identification and seed collection, then work on post-harvest handling at the Native Plant Nursery. Learn about sustainable harvest, processing, storage, propagation preparation, and the Native Plant Propagation Research program underway at the Arboretum. Seeds harvested will be cleaned by the group. Some will be sown immediately, while others will be stored for future phases of the research project. Please be prepared for hiking, and bring water bottle and a bagged lunch.

Register through the Adkins Arboretum website.

Maryland Native Plant Society Presentation

Native Plant Production Utilizing Seeds of Local Ecotype

Location:  Silver Spring Civic Building
Date:  8/30/2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Join horticulturist Leslie Hunter Cario as she shares her experience with growing native plants from seed of local ecotypes. Seeding technique and plant growth requirements will be discussed, along with the basics of seed collection and post-harvest handling.  A variety of native seeds will be available as examples.

Native Plant Propagation Workshop – Adkins Arboretum

Native Plant Propagation Workshop

Location:  Adkins Arboretum
Date:  Saturday 5/14/2016
Time:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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What’s been going on behind the scenes at Adkins Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery?  We’re starting to propagate and evaluate select native plant species that may have value to both ornamental horticulture and sustainable landscaping!  Last summer and fall, seeds were scouted and collected throughout the Arboretum grounds and nearby areas by a core group of volunteers.

Join us for an enjoyable day of sowing these seeds at the Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery with horticulturist Leslie Hunter Cario. We’ll learn about plant growth requirements, materials, and seeding technique.  Plants started by workshop participants will be grown out in the nursery, for future evaluation in trial beds.

We’ll be working hands-on in the potting shed and greenhouse, so please dress for the weather, and bring a bagged lunch if you wish.

Registration Required.

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification (CBLP) Under Development

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and partners, UMD Sea Grant Extension, Wetlands Watch, and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Habitat Partners (collectively the CBLP Consortium) are developing a new comprehensive credentialing system: the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification Program.

DSC_2481medCBLP will formalize a set of sustainable landscaping standards and ensure that thoroughly trained landscaping professionals will have the skills and expertise to design, install, and maintain small scale conservation landscaping practices for efficient nutrient and sediment removal.  A CBLP online database will serve as a resource for property owners seeking qualified professionals and will provide a means for CBLPs to access and track high quality continuing education.

Native Seed Collection & Post-Harvest Handling – Adkins Arboretum

Native Seed Collection & Post-Harvest Handling

Location:  Adkins Arboretum
Date:  10/3/2015
Time:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Join horticulturist Leslie Hunter Cario as she shares her expertise in growing native plants from seed. Discover the basics of collecting, processing, storing, and preparing seeds for propagation as well as sustainable harvest considerations. First time and repeat participants will enjoy hiking to different plant communities within the Arboretum for field identification and seed collection. Following the field activities, participants will work on post-harvest handling at the Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery.  Seeds harvested will be shared by program participants for their own gardens and the Native Plant Nursery to supplement its future production projects. Please bring a bagged lunch and dress for the weather.

Get Your Copy of the Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping The Essential Green Guide

The much-anticipated Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping ~ The Essential Green Guide is now available!fb1d2cc_Chesapeake Gardening

Excellent information, combined with the beautiful plant photography of Neil Soderstrom and Barbara Ellis, make this book an enjoyable learning experience.

You can pick-up a copy at Adkins Arboretum’s gift shop, or order through their online shop.