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Native plant seed walk and talk

Oct 11, 2013
Photo by: Kim Gaffett Northern Blazing Star

Here is a two-part program for anyone who has wanted to know more about native plants and how to propagate them.

Part 1: On Saturday, Oct. 12, from 2 – 4 p.m. join Rhode Island Natural History Survey (RINHS) staff for a fascinating walk in Rodman’s Hollow (meet at the Black Rock Rd. trail head). Hope Leeson, botanist and coordinator of the RINHS Rhody Native Initiative, will lead a native plant seed collection walk. During this walk you will learn to identify native plants and how to tell when their seeds are ripe.

Part 2: Hope Leeson will follow the field walk with a short discussion and slide show about RINHS’s Rhody Native Initiative and the importance of native plants in the Block Island landscape. Meet at the Island Free Library at 5 p.m. for refreshments and 5:30 p.m. for a captivating discussion and information session. (Enter at the side door.)

The Initiative’s prime goal is to make sure that genetically diverse native plants are available to consumers for landscape applications and habitat restorations and, of course, to conserve native ecosystems.

For more information about this event or the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, contact Kim Gaffett (RINHS President-elect) at (401) 466-2224.

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