Tuesday’s workshop which was aimed at teaching the basics of responsible and effective seed collection was a success.  Participants learned about collection techniques, identifying seed maturity, and proper storage.  Three plants offered viable seed for collection: giant vetch (Vicia nigricans var. gigantea), cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum), and thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus).  We inspected a few seeds with a microscope – here’s giant vetch.

After collection and inspection, seeds were redistributed in a weed management project area that has been treated for Himalaya berry, a highly invasive non-native blackberry.  Below Bob is spreading seeds on the restoration site.  Here’s a link to the handout with germane information on seed collection. (Note: PDF document may take a few moments to load)

Here’s a brief summary of the day from an attendee:

Lech was incredible—sorry I could not stay I was able to contribute by gathering quite a few seeds on the uppermost part of the trail from theVicia nigricans gigantea.  Your group’s work and the planting project are outstanding and I like Lech’s very locavore emphasis.

I had never been to Garber Park. I was excited to see Acer negundo, Fraxinus, Alnus rhombifolia, lots of invading Epipactis helleborine and tons of Ash –Fraxinus along with cream bush Holodiscus, lots of fairy bells-Disporum hookeri, Dryopteris , Elymus, bromes and Juncus—not to mention 2 kinds of Solanums- blue witch and a white flowered solanum. I think Garber Park has fascinating diversity. I admire your fight against the dreaded Himalayan Blackberry and you and your group have done an incredible job on the park.  – A.S.

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Written by GoldenHour