Become a Native Plant Gardener!
Join us at Hilltop Hanover Farm as we start our first Native Plant Nursery. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join us in protecting our local flora--from seed to sale. In the only hands-on program of this kind in the area, you’ll learn how to conserve and grow the beautiful native plants that are an essential element of our local habitats.
Here’s what you can expect from the free program:
- Training from top-notch horticulturists and botanists in a series of workshops
- Getting your hands dirty and applying what you’ve learned, through volunteer sessions after the workshops
- Caring for native plant seedlings the growing season and learning how native plants are used for habitat restoration and as a basis for local pollinator pathways.
Interested? Join us for a kick-off session on May 16, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. Shanyn Siegel, Director of Hilltop Hanover Farm, will provide an introduction to local ecotypes and provide an overview of the nursery.
The program includes multiple workshops held throughout the summer and fall on all aspects of native plants and seeds.
- Propagation Clinic with Dan Jaffe, New England Wild Flower Society- June 1st (registration coming soon!)
- Seed Plot Planting Day with Geordie Elkins, Highstead Arboretum
- Local Seed Banking with Shanyn Siegel, Hilltop Hanover Farm
- Wild Seed Collecting with Molly Marquand, Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank
- Seed Cleaning with Ken Greene, Hudson Valley Seed Company
The official dates will be announced soon, but the plan is for one workshop per month. Other work days will be announced for June, July, and August. So come join us on May 16!
Check back in fall for a catalog of native plants for sale.