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Rhody Native Propagation
Workshop Series 2011

2012 Workshop Series Details

This workshop series was offered free of charge to nursery industry professionals by the University of Rhode Island, in cooperation with the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey through a Northeast SARE grant. It was intended as a collection of industry best practices for nurseries interested in diversifying or training employees in native plant propagation.

All handouts and presentations are listed below each workshop for your reference.

We are in the process of planning our next series which will begin in the fall of 2012. Contact Vanessa Venturini at 401.874.7142 or vanessa@uri.edu with questions or suggestions of workshop topics.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Preference will be given to green industry professionals.
Call (401) 874-2900 to register.



Workshop 1: The Native Plant Industry with a Local Focus

Thursday, October 13, 2011 6-8pm
Location: Watkins Building, Corless Auditorium
URI Bay Campus, Narragansett, RI
Speakers: Vanessa Venturini, URI; Shannon Brawley, RINLA; Tysh McGrail, Woodscapes, Inc.; Jane Case, Blue Moon Farm Perennials.
Overview of the course and the Rhody Native initiative; designing with natives; case study of a local native plant nursery.

Rhode Island Seed Collection 2010-2011
Presentation PDF

Photo by Catherine Weaver, Tupelo Gardenworks


Workshop 2: Field ID Session

Saturday, October 15, 2011 3-5 pm
Location: TBD
Speaker: Hope Leeson, RINHS
Native plant ID and seed collection methods


Workshop 3: Grower Round Table - Outdoor Seed Propagation

Thursday, October 27, 2011 3-5 pm
Location: Hoogendorn Nursery, 408 Turner Rd., Middletown, RI
Speakers: Dr. Brian Maynard, URI; Dick Hoogendorn, Hoogendorn Nursery
Seed cleaning and storage; seed treatment for dormancy including stratification and scarification; seed bed prep and management.


Workshop 4: Grower Round Table - Indoor Seed Propagation

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 3-5 pm
Location: Greenhouse Classroom 123, URI Kingston Campus
Speakers: Dr. Brian Maynard, URI; Harry Chase, Chase Farms; Kate Pawling, New England Wildflower Society, Nasami Farm
Seed flat production; greenhouse culture comparing indoor vs. outdoor; winter cutting propagation of woody plants.

Chase Farms, Photo by Sanne Kure-Jensen


Workshop 5: Panel Discussion - Sources of Demand & Marketing of Native Plants

Thursday, January 19, 2012 5-7 pm
Location: Watkins Building, Corless Auditorium
URI Bay Campus, Narragansett, RI
Speakers: Catherine Weaver, Tupelo Gardenworks; Caitlin Chaffee, CRMC; Wenley Ferguson, Save The Bay; Don Knezick, Pinelands Nurseries; Dale Hendricks, Greenlight Plants, LLC.
Demand from a habitat restoration, reclamation and landscaping perspective; marketing native plants.

Marketing Native Plants: Case Study of American Beauties by Dale Hendricks

Demand from Save The Bay's Habitat Restoration Perspective by Wenley Ferguson

Panel Discussion Summary by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Top 10 Practical Hints for Developing a Successful Native Plant Nursery by Don Knezick

Photo by Catherine Weaver, Tupelo Garden