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Meadow Making Part 4: Wild Collecting Native Seed (Frederick Co)

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Middletown Municipal Center

31 West Main Street

Middletown, MD 21769

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Wild seed collection is usually the only way for Marylanders to acquire locally native seed for meadow projects. People also wild collect seeds for seed banking, potted plant production, and even to start native seed production plots. Whatever your motives are, join us and by the end of class you will have the skills and knowledge needed to wild collect seeds for your own project!

In this class you will

  • Learn the Seeds of Success seed collection protocols
  • Try techniques for removing seeds from several types of plants
  • Play a game with candy and learn something about biodiversity
  • Clean small batches of seed using several types of tools
  • See how to store seeds so that they remain viable for many years
  • Wild collect seeds from a meadow/forest edge ecosystem

Tentative Class Schedule
9:00-9:30am | Attendees check-in and enjoy light refreshments
9:30am-12:00pm | Finding collection sites; collecting for diversity (includes practicum); removing seeds from plants (includes practicum); seed banking and seed sharing networks
12:00-12:30pm | Lunch break (bring your own)
12:30-1:00pm | Travel to Wiles Branch Park
1:00-2:00pm | Seed cleaning and storage (includes practicum)
2:00-3:30pm | Seed collecting practicum
3:30-4:30pm | Optional: Help create the class meadow!

Optional After-Class Activity: Help us Make the Class Meadow!
In the corner of Wiles Branch Park there is a little botanical treasure of a native meadow overlooking Catoctin Creek. This spot is the focus of our 2017 Meadow Making Course project, a partnership with the City of Middletown. The beautiful wildflowers there are smothered by invasive plants, mostly daylilies, and we will be creating the meadow by both removing the daylilies and by expanding the existing native vegetation into the area now occupied by lawn. If you can stay for about an hour after class, you’ll receive a brief introduction to the amazing botanical diversity this tiny area contains, as well as tips on how to remove daylily tubers (in case you don’t already know). Then we dig! More detailed information will be sent out with the class reminder, but you can start sharpening your trowels and soil knives if you're interested in this opportunity.

Rain Date
Friday, October 27th

Continuing Education Credits
This class will count as 6 hours of UME MG or UME MN continuing education and also towards the Advanced Training: Native Plants Certificate.

Refund Policy
Before October 12th, registrants can receive a full monetary refund. After October 12th, registrants can receive full credit towards a different advanced training event.

About the Meadow Making Class Series
In 2016, University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners partnered with NASA offer Advanced Training Classes in conjunction with the creation of a small meadow at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). We invite you to visit their blog to learn about their successes and challenges!

In 2017, we are offering the Meadow Making Class Series again, this time in conjunction with the city of Middletown, Maryland.

In the series we'll cover everything you need to know to convert lawn into native meadow. The majority of this process is generally completed within one year and includes these classes:

  • Meadow Making (MM) Part 1: Planning a Meadow
  • MM Part 2: Site Preparation
  • MM Part 3: Selecting and Acquiring Species
  • MM Part 4: Wild Collecting Native Seed
  • MM Part 5: Sowing Seeds
  • MM Part 6: Monitoring and Maintenance in Year 1
  • MM Part 7: Monitoring and Maintenance in Year 2 and Beyond

After they have been scheduled, updates about the Meadow Making Parts 5, 6, and 7 classes can be found on the UME Master Gardener Advanced Training website.

Will I learn everything I need to know about Meadow Making from taking the Wild Collecting Native Seed class?
That would be amazing! But no, you cannot learn everything you need to know about Meadow Making from only attending the Wild Collecting Native Seed class, as it is only one class in a series of seven classes. But take heart, the hands-on experience you gain while attending the class on site will be valuable. In addition, you will have early access to information that will not be available again until the Meadow Making online series is completed in late 2017/early 2018.

If you would like to learn about the entire Meadow Making process, to help put this part in context, we highly recommend the excellent free booklet, Planting the Seed: A Guide to Establishing Prairie and Meadow Communities in Southern Ontario. Published by Environment Canada, Downsview, Ontario.

Instructor
Dr. Sara Tangren (Agent Associate, University of Maryland Extension) is a specialist in sustainable landscaping and native plants. In addition to working with native landscapes and planted meadows, she has worked with the University of Maryland Arboretum and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on the conservation of native plants.

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