Many of the plants we grow are from seed that is collected by hand from the field. Finding and collecting wild seeds is both a challenging and rewarding process, and is the first step in creating a regionally specific library of native plant species.
Collecting seed involves long range planning and monitoring practices. Suitable plant populations must be located, and then monitored in order for collection to take place once seeds mature. Seed collection techniques take into account genetic variability, and a representative sample is collected. Seed maturity varies depending on plant species, and so timing is everything! If you miss the window of opportunity, you’re going to have to wait until next year to collect seed from that plant population. Our staff is very experienced in the collection of seed from various species.