Native Seed Collection Workshop – Adkins Arboretum

Native Seed Collection Workshop


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.


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.

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.