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URI Outreach Center

Rhody Native Propagation
Workshop Series

This workshop series is offered free of charge to nursery growers and green 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.

These workshops showcase a collection of industry best practices, and are intended for professionals interested in diversifying to natives or training employees in native plant propagation, design and marketing. Growers that attend all four workshops will be eligible for seed donation through the Rhody Native Initiative.

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

Workshop 1: Designing with Natives

Open to the Public

Thursday, October 18, 2012 6-8pm
Location: URI Kingston Campus, CBLS Auditorium
Speakers: Karen Beck, Commonwealth Engineers & Consultants, Inc.; Catherine Weaver, Tupelo Gardenworks; Shannon Brawley, RINLA; Vanessa Venturini, URI

Designing with natives for residential, municipal and habitat restoration projects

Recording of the workshop (skip to 1:50 for beginning of presentation)

Introduction to the Rhody Native Initiative and Workshop Series, Presentation by Vanessa Venturini

Using Native Plants in Traditional Landscape Settings, Presentation by Catherine Weaver

Designing with Rhody Natives: Opportunities Beyond the Residential Scale, Presentation by Karen Beck

Rhody Native Plants Available 2012


Catherine Weaver, Tupelo Gardenworks

Workshop 2: Field ID and Seed Collection

Preference given to green industry professionals

Saturday, October 20th, 2012 9am-12pm or 1-4pm
Location: TBD
Speaker: Hope Leeson, RINHS

Native plant identification and seed collection methods

Workshop 3: Propagation Methods

Preference given to green industry professionals

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 4:30-7 pm
Location: Clark Farms, Matunuck, RI
Speakers: Nick Castrataro, URI; Hope Leeson, RINHS; Dr. Brian Maynard, URI; Thomasina Taylor, Blue Moon Farm Perennials; Peter van Berkum, Van Berkum Nurseries

Hands-on methodologies including seed cleaning and stratification, stem cutting, growing mediums and practices

Handout: Rhody Native seeds available for donation

Handout: Van Berkum Nurseries Species List


Workshop 4: Marketing Native Plants

Open to the Public

Thursday, November 8, 2012 6-8 pm
Location: URI Kingston Campus, CBLS Room 10
Speakers: Billie Best, Project Native; Steve Castorani, North Creek Nursery and American Beauties Native Plants; Ken Ayars, RIDEM Division of Agriculture; Gary Casabona RI NRCS

Native plant marketing and point of sale display for nurseries and garden centers. Discussion of opportunities and resources for growers.

Podcast of the workshop

Marketing Native Plants, Presentation by Steve Castorani

Marketing Native Plants, Presentation by Billie Best

Handout: RIDEM Nursery Licensing, Inspection & Certification