Native Plant Society seed collection workshop to be held March 23 at Sul Ross State University

The Big Bend chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas presents a Seed Collection Workshop on Thursday, March 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 201 off the Warnock Science Building on the Sul Ross Campus. Michael Eason will offer a hands-on and power point exploration of seeds – how to learn to identify, harvest, clean and plant native seeds

“Not many people are collecting native seeds these days,” said Eason, “and this opportunity to learn how to preserve and propagate these native species is an important part of preserving our Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.” Eason, who has been part of the Millennium Seed Bank project sponsored by England’s Kew Gardens and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, is also a seed collector who uses the plants from those seeds in the landscapes he designs. He is also on the staff of the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

“I hope to be able to teach program participants how to be part of the important work of seed collection – not only for propagation but for conservation for the future,” said Eason.

Reservations are necessary and may be made by calling or e-mailing Fonda Ghiardi at 432.426.2363 or [email protected] Members attend at no cost; guests are welcome and are asked to make a $5 donation.

The mission of the Native Plant Society is the research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example. Membership information is available at the meeting.

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