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Harvesting Seed and Propagating Native Perennials for Your Garden

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Do your birds, bees, butterflies and bugs a favour and amp up your native plants!

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As the benefits of planting native wildflowers for pollinators are becoming more widely recognized, people are looking for cost-effective ways to increase the offerings of native plants in their gardens. Fortunately, the same hardiness that makes many native plants easy to grow and maintain also makes them easy to propagate.

Join Sheila Currie, Master Gardener, as she shows how she works with species of native perennials, dividing them and harvesting their seeds to germinate them. As a result of her work, Sheila has more than enough seedlings for her own gardens, as well as to give away to neighbours and friends. We will focus on coreopsis, 'showy' milkweeds, woodland sunflowers, coneflowers, virginia waterleaf, anise hyssop and others.

Do your birds, bees, butterflies and bugs a favour and amp up your native plants!

This program is offered by Ottawa Public Library in partnership with the Mater Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton.

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A social sciences researcher by profession, Sheila Currie took her first horticultural course at University of Guelph in 2017 and joined Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton. She continues to take courses in horticulture and landscape ecology from her rural home in Hastings County, where she moved at the onset of COVID, and became a Master Gardener in 2020. A lifelong nature-lover, she has a new and even greater appreciation for the local flora and fauna from her daily interaction with their environment.

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OPL is made up of 34 branches (33 physical and one virtual), two mobile libraries and one Kiosk. Serving close to one million Ottawa residents, OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. OPL has something for everyone. It’s a place to attend free programs. It’s a place for newcomers to get help settling in Canada. It’s a community hub, a meeting place and a place to connect. It’s a portal to the world.
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