This Session is FULL
Sowing seeds collected from native plants is a great way to generate lots of beneficial plants for very low cost. But unfortunately, success is not often as simple as putting a seed in the ground and having a seedling appear a week or two later. Many native plants have evolved to require exposure to the elements of a New England winter (fluctuating cold temperatures and varied moisture over a period of months) before they will sprout in the spring. During that winter and spring many things can happen to interfere with seeds successfully growing into strong and healthy plants – they may be become food for birds, rodents, or other creatures, be washed away by rain or melting snow, be buried too deeply under soil or leaves, or not deeply enough, be exposed to too much or too little moisture at critical times. Intentional Winter Seed Sowing creates a more ideal environment for seeds that allows us to control for many of those variables so that many more seeds sprout where you can locate them and nurture them along to grow big and strong. Learn to grow your own native plants from seed with a mini greenhouse crafted from an empty milk or water jug. Soil and native seeds will be provided and participants will get to bring home their own mini greenhouse in a bottle. This 1.5 hour workshop will give you the tools to spark your own pollinator garden.
- Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024 (Snow Date: Sunday, January 21, 2024)
- Session 1: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (REGISTER BELOW for the Morning Session)
- Session 2: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Visit this Link for the Afternoon Session)
- Watch this website or your email in case of snow.
- Location: Nahanton Park Nature Center, 471 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA
- Cost: FREE thanks to the generosity of our co-sponsors. A donation of $5.00 would be appreciated.
- Supplies: We can provide 2 translucent milk jugs, 2 packets of native seeds, soil, and additional supplies for each attendee.
- What to Bring: Scissors or other implements to cut milk jugs. Optional – up to 2 translucent gallon milk jugs, and your own seeds if you wish.
- Workshop Leader: Freddie Gillespie, founder of Biodiversity through Pollination. The local Newton organizers are Ann Dorfman, Alan Nogee and Ted Kuklinski. Channon Ames of Newton Parks. Recreation, and Culture is the site coordinator.
- Co-sponsors: Newton Conservators, Friends of Cold Spring Park, Newton Parks, Recreation & Culture Department, Newton Community Pollinator Project (NCPP), Green Newton, Friends of Nahanton Park
- Questions: Please contact Ann Dorfman ( firstname.lastname@example.org , 617-413-4901)
Pre-registration required. Space is limited to 20 per workshop. REGISTRATION is below for the MORNING session. If the session is full, please check the Afternoon Session for openings.
NOTE: Both Morning and Afternoon Sessions are now FULL Registration here is for the waiting list in case of a cancellation. In addition you will be notified if we do additional sessions this season. Alternatively you can email Ann Dorfman ( email@example.com) to get on the waiting list OR to be informed any future workshops.
Bookings are closed for this event.