Presenters: Mark Pastorek and Ian Caton
Part 1 | Prairies (1:00 - 2:15 PM EST)
When it comes to native prairie restoration, Mississippi horticulturist Marc Pastorek is the real deal. For over 20 years he has collected local genotype seed for his projects from wild populations and his own cultivated seed plots. He will illustrate protocols for developing species lists, locating wild stands for collection, practical and ethical harvesting, establishing cultivated seed source plots, processing and storing seed, and ultimately, how he plants a prairie.
Part 2 | Woodlands (2:30 - 3:45 PM EST)
The germination requirements of woodland herbs are typically more complex than those of the prairie. In addition, the length of time that most woodland herb seeds remain viable is much shorter. In this session, landscape designer and native plant expert Ian Caton will discuss the unique protocols needed to successfully establish a seeded woodland ground layer. Topics covered include: how to identify ripe seeds; collection, storage, and sowing protocols; the use of live plants as seed sources for future colonization; and techniques for assisting native herb seed dispersal.
Part 3 | Panel (4:00 - 4:30 PM EST)
Sharing years of experience, our two speakers will discuss how the green industry can better provide for the expanded use of seed as a landscape planting option, and how designers can best make use of the seed suppliers, equipment, and labor sources that are currently available. The session will conclude with a question and answer session including both speakers.
*Registrations are inclusive of ALL 3 of this webinar's parts. No parts sold separately.
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