On Friday, June 9th, 2017 from 7:30-8:30, join us for a lecture with Heather McCargo, the founder and director of the Wild Seed Project.
Wild Seed Project is a Maine-based nonprofit that works to increase the use of native plants in all landscape settings in order to conserve biodiversity, encourage plant adaption in the face of climate change, and to create pollination and migration corridors for insects, birds and other wildlife. Wild Seed Project sells seeds of locally sourced wild-type native plants and educates the public on propagation techniques so that a wide range of citizens can participate in increasing native plant populations. They have an interactive website at wildseedproject.net and publish an annual magazine, Wild Seed.
About the Event: Grass Root Seed Propagation of Native Plants
The seeds of wild plants have a different set of needs than those of garden and vegetable species. This talk, led by the founder and director of the Wild Seed Project Heather McCargo, will describe the reproductive life cycle of different types of native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to help support wild plant reproduction and survival. Growing native plants from seed is a different way to interact with our native flora and is an inexpensive way to produce a lot of plants. Heather will explain native seed sowing and outdoor propagation techniques as well as current trends with native plants in the nursery trade. This class will cover:
- Plant cultivation strategies
- Native plant reproduction
- Ways to properly handle different seed types
- Proper mowing practices in non-haying areas
- How to bring back diversity in native flora
- What farmers and gardeners can do to support native plants
- How to create pollinator corridors
- How to include wild plants in home yards, gardens and farms
- Interactive seed sowing demonstration
Tickets are sliding scale from $5-10 and all proceeds to go Wild Seed Project. Learn more and buy tickets at wildseedproject.eventbrite.com
About the Instructor
Heather McCargo, the founder and director of the Wild Seed Project, is an educator with 30 years of expertise in plant propagation, landscape design and conservation. She was the head plant propagator at the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods in the 90s, worked at landscape architecture/planning firms specializing in ecological design, has been a contributor to several research projects with USAID, National Gardening Association, and with MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association). She has lectured nationally and is widely published in journals and magazines such as Horticulture and American Nurseryman. In Maine, she designed the master plan for the medicinal gardens at Avena Botanicals in Rockland and was the creator and lead teacher for the Bay School’s Agricultural Arts program. Heather has a MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design and BA in plant ecology from Hampshire College. Read some of Heather's writing for MOFGA: