6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The seeds of wild plants have a different set of needs than those of garden and vegetable species. In this slide talk, Heather 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 pollinators, birds and other wildlife. 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. Fall is an excellent time to sow the native seeds.
Heather McCargo, 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 90’s, worked at several landscape architecture/planning firms specializing in ecological design, and has been a contributor to several research projects with USAID, National Gardening Association, and MOFGA. She has lectured nationally and is widely published in journals and magazines such as Horticulture and American Nurseryman. Locally 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 an MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design, and a BA in plant ecology from Hampshire College.