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Community Wildflower Garden

What is it?

The Wardsville Woods Community Wildflower Garden is a community garden where you can collect seed from native wildflowers to plant in your own garden. Youll find a variety of wild- flowers native to Skunks Misery grown from seeds that were collected locally and responsibly. 

How do I use it?

Collect seeds from your favourite wildflowers by following instructions below. 

Why plant native wildflowers?

  • They are just as beautiful as exotic species.
  • They support the needs of local wildlife.
  • They won't impact natural areas if they escape from the garden.
  • They often require less care than exotic species.
  • They require less water than exotic species.
  • They don't require chemical pesticides and have natural defenses to local pests.

Butterfly Weed

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Collecting your seeds:

  • Collect seeds in the fall when the pods are hard and break easily.
  • Separate the seed from the coma by putting them into a bag and shaking vigorously.
  • Keep seeds dry and at room temperature until you are ready to plant.

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds require cold moist stratification so they are best planted in the fall.
  • Cover seeds with soil but no deeper than 1.5 inches.

Click here for more information about Butterfly Weed.


Indian Grass

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Collecting your seeds:

  • Collect seeds mid-September to October.
  • Scrape off seeds with fingernails.
  • Keep seed dry and at room temperature until ready to plant.

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds require cold moist stratification so they are best planted in the fall.
  • Plant in bare soil no deeper than 1/4 inch.

Click here for more information about Indian Grass.


Common Milkweed

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Collecting your seeds:

  • Collect seeds in the fall when the pods are hard and break easily. 
  • Separate the seed from the coma by putting them into a bag and shaking vigorously. 
  • Keep seeds dry and at room temperature until you are ready to plant.

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds require cold moist stratification so they are best planted in the fall.
  • Cover seeds with soil but no deeper than 1.5 inches.

Click here for more information about Common Milkweed.


Grey-headed Coneflower

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Collecting your seeds:

  • Cut the flower heads off in the fall after they become brittle. 
  • Break open the seed head, collecting the seeds as they fall, allow seeds to dry.
  • Keep seeds dry and at ambient temperature until ready to plant.

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds require cold moist stratification so they are best planted in the fall.
  • Plant in bare soil, no deeper than a 1/4 inch.

Click here for more information about Grey-headed Coneflower.


Virginia Mountain Mint

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Collecting your seeds:

  • Collect seeds toward the end of October. 
  • Place seeds in a paper bag and allow to dry.
  • Keep seeds dry at ambient temperature until ready to plant.

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds can be planted at any time but planting in the spring or fall is preferred. 
  • Cover seeds in soil but no deeper than 1.5 inches.

Click here for more information about Virginia Mountain Mint.


Cylindrical Blazing Star

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Collecting your seeds:

  • Collect seeds in the fall when the stalks have turned brown.
  • Collect the stalks and allow to dry.
  • Place dried stalks in a bad and shake to separate seeds.
  • Keep seeds dry and at ambient temperature until ready to plant.

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds require cold moist stratification so they are best planted in the fall.
  • Plant in bare soil, no deeper than 1/4 inch.

Click here for more information about Cylindrical Blazing Star.


Grey Goldenrod

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Collecting your seeds:

  • Collect seeds in the fall when the flower turns white.
  • Remove the flower head and allow to dry.
  • Rub seeds through a screen to separate the seed from the culm.
  • Keep seeds dry and ambient temperature until ready to plant.

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds require cold moist stratification so they are best planted in the fall.
  • Plant in bare soil, no deeper than a 1/4 inch.

Click here for more information about Grey Goldenrod.


Brown-eyed Susan

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Collecting your seeds:

  • Harvest seeds in the fall, 3-4 weeks after the flower has bloomed.
  • Remove the seed heads and place in a bag.
  • Vigorously shake the seed heads to dislodge the seeds. 
  • Remove plant debris and store.

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds require cold moist stratification so they are best planted in the fall.
  • Plant in bare soil, no deeper than 1.5 inches.

Click here for more information about Brown-eyed Susan.


Foxglove Beardtongue 

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Collecting your seeds: 

  • Collect brown pods in the fall and allow to dry.
  • Break open pods to collect seeds, which are small and resemble ground black pepper.
  • Keep seeds dry and store at an ambient temperature until ready to plant.

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds require cold moist stratification so they are best planted in the fall.
  • Cover seeds with soil but no deeper than 1.5 inches. 

Click here for more information about Foxglove Beardtongue.


Little Bluestem

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Collecting your seeds:

  • Run your hand along the stem to collect seeds in the fall.
  • Dry the seeds upon collecting.
  • Keep seed dry and at room temperature until you are ready to plant.

Planting your seeds: 

  • Seeds are best planted in a weed-free bed in the late fall.
  • Cover seeds with soil but no deeper than 1.5 inches.

Click here for more information about Little Bluestem.


Tall Sunflower

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Collecting your seeds: 

  • Collect seeds in the fall when the seed heads are completely dry.
  • Remove seeds from the head by simply picking them off the head and removing the hard outer shell.
  • Keep seeds dry and at ambient temperature until ready to plant. 

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds require cold moist stratification so they are best planted in the fall.
  • Plant in bare soil no deeper than 1/4 inch.

Click here for more information about Tall Sunflower.


Oxeye Sunflower

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Collecting your seeds:

  • Collect seeds in the fall when the seed heads are completely dry.
  • Remove seeds from the head by simply picking them off the head and removing the hard outer shell. 
  • Keep seeds dry and at ambient temperature until ready to plant.

Planting your seeds:

  • Seeds require cold moist stratification so they are best planted in the fall.
  • Plant in bare soil, no deeper than a 1/4 inch.

Click here for more information about Oxeye Sunflower.

 


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