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Growing Native Woody Plants from Seed, Session 1

February 15 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Growing native plants from seed secures stronger genetic diversity and adaptability to our changing climate. This class covers the basic set-up and the correct steps and considerations to grow native woody plants from seed. Through a hands-on workshop, we will explain and demonstrate the ins and outs, including the processes of collection, seasonal timing, germination rates, materials, and the steps of caring for the plant collection to the point they’re sold or planted in your clients’ gardens or landscapes. Instructors will teach the content according to the plants’ natural communities, from coastal maritime to freshwater wetlands and other communities throughout Maine and New England.

Please note that the March 6 session will cover different plants from the February 15 session (Growing Native Woody Plants from Seed, Session 2). It is recommended that you take both classes.

Class Level: Intermediate-Advanced


Recommended Reference: Natural Landscapes of Maine, Andy Cutko and Susan Gawler


Instructor Bio:

Shawn Jalbert is the steward of the Harvey Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary in Springvale (under the sponsorship of the Native Plant Trust). He consults on landscape restoration and propagates native plants at his retail nursery, Native Haunts, in Alfred, Maine.

Dan Robarts, PhD, is the Greenhouse Coordinator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens where he manages plant propagation and growing hundreds of thousands of plants. Dan’s academic background is in plant genetics and he is passionate about growing unique and rare plants.



February 15
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$60 – $75
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Bosarge Family Education Center
Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME United States