Ecological Restoration Workshop: Collecting and growing native plants


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This workshop is a combination of lecture and hands-on practice with restoration techniques such as seed collecting, processing and planting of native species. The workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in growing native plants - in their gardens or for large scale restoration projects.  Seeds collected at this workshop will be used in the restoration of Hawk Cliff Woods.

Workshop leader:

Mary Gartshore, Ecological Restoration Specialist

Mary is an accomplished and well-respected ecologist and educator. Mary has been practicing ecological restoration for over 20 years. She has worked on numerous restoration projects in southwestern Ontario, provides tours of restored sites in Norfolk County and runs native seed collecting workshops for community groups.

Workshop location:

Sparta Community Hall, 46272 Sparta Line, Sparta, ON.


8:30 - 9:00 - Check-in and refreshments

9:00 - 11:00 - Classroom presentation: Ecological restoration essentials

11:00 - 2:00 - Field visit to collect seeds (lunch en route or at site) 

2:00 - 4:00 - Seed processing techniques 

4:00 - Wrap-up

What to bring:

  • We will be going outside so please come prepared for the weather (e.g. hiking shoes, rain coat, sun hat, warm clothes).
  • Please bring your own lunch that can be eaten on the move.
  • If you have any of the following equipment please bring them with you: tweezers, nail clippers, hand magnifying lens, hand clippers.


TTLT has received support for this event from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. We are so grateful for their contribution! 


November 01, 2015 at 9:00am - 4pm
Sparta Community Hall
46272 Sparta Line
Sparta, ON N0L 2H0
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