Winter Garden Workshop – Why and How to Sow & Grow Native Plants

  • February 11, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Heather McCargo, Executive Director, Wild Seed Project

Why and How to Sow & Grow Native Plants

The seeds of wild plants have a different set of needs than those of typically cultivated garden and vegetable species. 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, pollinators and other wildlife. Heather will demystify native seed sowing and explain simple outdoor propagation techniques that anyone can do so that a wide range of individuals can help increase native plant populations. 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. 

$5 suggested donation at the door

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, has been a contributor to several research projects with USAID, National Gardening Association, and with MOFGA. She has lectured nationally and is widely published in journals and magazines such as Horticulture and American Nurseryman. Heather has a MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design and BA in plant ecology from Hampshire College.

This event is one of the Land Trust’s Winter Gardening Workshops, a part of our Tom Settlemire Community Garden. The Workshops are a wonderful opportunity each winter to learn from master gardeners through practical lectures and hands-on training. Gardeners of all levels can improve their skills.

The workshops focus on organic gardening methods and provide information about topics such as choosing plant varieties, starting seedlings, permaculture, the  use of native plants, soil enrichment and mulching, gardening in small spaces, and controlling common pests and disease.

Workshops are held on Sundays from January – March each year, from 2:00-3:30pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick.


27 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine, 04011, United States