Making More Plants: A Full Day of Native Plant Propagation (elective)


Instructors: John Evans, Director of Horticulture, Reflection Riding Arboretum, Chattanooga, TN

John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Saturday, September 29 | 9-5 p.m.

Members $85 |Non-Members $95


Propagating native plants using various methods is the most economical way to increase their numbers. However, propagation is not without its challenges, and having the right foundation of knowledge and basic set of skills can go a long way toward success. This class will consist of both classroom lecture and a hands-on workshop, in which we apply the techniques learned. Included in the class will be both propagation from seed, and vegetative (asexual) propagation. Topics related to seed propagation will cover effective and ethical seed collection, seed cleaning and processing, seed treatments to promote germination, proper sowing techniques, and care for newly emerged seedlings. Each student will have the opportunity to sow and take home their own seeds to grow. There are circumstances where propagating native plants vegetatively can produce plants faster and more efficiently than by seed. Topics related to vegetative propagation will cover advantages of vegetative propagation, basic plant biology related to this form of growing plants, and methods such as stem and root cuttings, grafting, micro-propagation, crown division, etc. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own cuttings and divisions to take home and add to their garden. For this class, we are offering the opportunity to purchase our favorite reference for native plant propagation. Many of you know of Jan Midgley’s Native Plant Propagation - fourth edition. This is a self-published manual and may be purchased here for $23 when registering for the class.