This workshop will cover all aspects of seed saving: when and how to collect seed, various methods and apparatus for seed cleaning, drying and storage. We will also discuss seed germination, particularly as it relates to storage (which seeds are best stored dry, which need to be kept moist and stratified by exposure to winter temperatures.) We will also look at requirements for maintaining vegetable varieties – which species will cross pollinate, isolation distances, etc.
Half day classes are 1:00 – 5:00 pm Cost: $50
All day workshops are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Cost $100 (bring your own lunch)
Cost includes handouts, seed and plant distributions and samples of herbs and preparations as appropriate.
Each session will include: a plant walk in the garden and/or adjacent National Forest, lecture/demonstration, hands-on practice, resources and bibliography for further study.
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To register for an event, please either call: 828-675-5664 or follow the link for each date to register online.
We offer a 25% discount to students, Celo residents, and groups of 3 or more. Email us for a code.
These workshops take advantage of our unique combination of diverse habitats, extensive plant collection, extraordinary library and well-equipped herb shop, plus my forty years of study and experimentation.
As a ‘botanic garden of useful plants’, one of our purposes is to introduce and promote new useful plants, for gardeners, growers, herbalists and chefs. Areas of special interest include wildfoods, medicinal herbs, (native and oriental), health-boosting (tonic, adaptogenic) plants and east-west parallels in botany and pharmacy.
Seeds and plants of most of the species discussed will be available for purchase; additionally participants will have the opportunity to purchase freshly dug, bare-root plants at a considerable saving.