EVENT: Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation

bee 150x150 EVENT: Native Plant Seed Collection & PropagationFrom our friends at the Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack Chapter

Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation: Techniques to Break Dormancy

Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 pm

Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA

Seed dormancy is nature’s mechanism to keep seed viable until conditions become favorable for germination, seedling growth and survival. Seeds won’t germinate unless they are exposed to sufficient moisture, right temperature, oxygen and right amount of light. In other words, they need the right environment. Lisa Bright of Earth Sangha will discuss the techniques used at their Wild Plant Nursery in Springfield VA, where they propagate 220 species of local ecotype native plants. Lisa will bring samples of some cleaned and uncleaned seeds, and will share successes and some failures as well.

FIELD TRIP: Lisa will demonstrate the proper techniques for seed collection at a well-preserved and well-managed moist meadow – Huntley Meadows Park. This trip is instructional. Public seed collection at Huntley Meadows is prohibited. September 23 (10-12:30 pm). Space is limited for this field trip. Please contact Diana Carter at dcarter1776@yahoo.com to reserve a spot.

The Earth Sangha is a DC-based nonprofit charity devoted to ecological restoration. They operate a local ecological restoration program to restore native forests and meadows, stabilize streams, and control invasive alien plants.

Thanks for reading!
Carolyn

 

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