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.

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.

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.

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.

Sowing Native Seeds Workshop – Adkins Arboretum

Sowing Native Seeds Workshop

Location:  Adkins Arboretum
Date:  5/30/2015
Time:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

DSC_0192Join us for a fun morning of seed sowing at the Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery.  Horticulturist Leslie Hunter Cario will share her expertise in propagating native plants from seed. We’ll learn about plant growth requirements, materials, and seeding technique.  Please feel free to bring any seeds you may have cleaned at the fall seed collection workshop; a variety of other native plant species will be provided.  Seeds sown will be shared by program participants for their own gardens and the Native Plant Nursery to supplement production.  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.

Native Seed Collection & Post-Harvest Handling – Adkins Arboretum

Native Seed Collection & Post-Harvest Handling

Native Seed Collection & Post-Harvest Handling

Location:  Adkins Arboretum
Date:  10/4/2014
Time:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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.   This is a hands-on workshop, so please dress for the weather and plan to hike to various nearby 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.