If you have ever wished to grow native plants from seed, or are contemplating becoming a commercial native plant propagator, then you should attend this workshop. Polly Weigand, Chris McHugh, and Hope Leeson, have spent many years following native plants from flowering to seed production, and then from dormancy to germination. Their respective work, through the Long Island Native Plant Initiative and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey’s Rhody Native™ initiative, has focused on preserving the genetic heritage contained in the native plant seed they collect.
How to manage native plant seed resources to maintain as much of the genetic diversity of a given population as possible will be integral to the workshop discussion, as we look at methods of seed collection, cleaning, and storage, as well as dormancy and germination requirements.
Restoration management for our natural landscapes calls for propagation methods that support genetic diversity, of both existing and introduced plant populations, to improve the potential for resiliency of the whole plant community.
Both Polly Weigand and Hope Leeson will be speaking about the rewards and challenges of propagating locally native plants for conservation and design at RIWPS 2015 Native Plant Symposium — Growing Awareness: planting for biodiverse + resilient landscape on September 19, 2015.