Making More Plants: A Full Day of Native Plant Propagation - Part 1 & Part 2 (electives)


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

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

Part 1: Saturday, September 29 | 8:30-12:30 p.m.

Part 2: Saturday, September 29, 2018|1-5 p.m.

Single Class: Member $45 |Non-Member $55

Both classes: Member $85 |Non-Member $ 95

Reasons for propagating native plants range from personal enjoyment to the important work of conserving local biodiversity. Populating your own landscape with a diversity of native species is an excellent way to protect them and recreate plant communities that have been lost to development. Further, by using native plants you are improving the survival, health and vigor of countless living creatures, birds, butterflies, and humans!

Part 1: Propagating Native Plants from Seed - 8:30-12:30 p.m.

Growing native plants from seed is the most economical way of increasing their numbers. However, propagating from seed is not without its challenges, and having the right foundation of knowledge and a basic set of skills can go a long way toward success. This class will consist of both a classroom lecture and a hands-on workshop in which we apply the techniques we’ve learned. We 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.

Part 2: Vegetative Propagation of Native Plants - 1-5 p.m.

There are circumstances where propagating native plants vegetatively can produce plants faster and more efficiently than seed. Another term for these methods in asexual propagation. This means using techniques other than sowing seeds, including stem and root cuttings, grafting, micro-propagation, crown division, etc. The class will consist of both a lecture and a hands-on workshop to apply the skills we’ve learned. Information covered will include the advantages of vegetative propagation, some basic plant biology, various methods available to growers, and specifics on materials and techniques. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make their own cuttings and divisions to take home and add to their garden.