University of Maryland Extension

Wild Collecting Native Seeds

bushy bluestem
Andropogon glomeratus

Wild seed collection is an imperative step in both native plant horticulture and in plant conservation. We will explore the practice and two important wild seed collection protocols established by the Assoc. of Seed Certification Agencies and the Seeds of Success Collection Protocol. In the afternoon, we will wild collect native local seeds from a meadow/forest edge ecosystem (wear tick protection). You’ll learn how to collect local native seeds (where, when, how much, from which plants) that you might not have access to otherwise. We’ll then return to the classroom for important information on how to clean, label and prepare our seeds for storage.

Some of the saved seed can be used for your own garden projects. The remaining seed collected will be used to make a contribution to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank, where it will be available for local restoration efforts; to the Seeds of Success program for long-term storage in the USDAs national germplasm conservation system; and possibly to local “seed libraries”. This workshop is your opportunity to become involved in a unique and exciting regional seed collection network.

Two locations:

University of Maryland Extension, Baltimore County (Hunt Valley)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 9:30-3:30
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Field trip to local powerline meadows

Main presenter: Sara Tangren, Ph.D, UME Associate Agent
Registration Fee: $35; Registration Deadline: Oct. 8

4-H Center in College Park
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:30-3:30
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Field trip to University of MD campus

Main presenter: Sara Tangren, Ph.D, UME Associate Agent
Field trip leaders: Sara Tangren, Ph.D.; Carin Celebuski, U. of MD Arboretum
Registration Fee: $35; Registration Deadline: Oct. 18

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