Seed Share: Collect, Conserve & Grow!
October, 2013 - Washington, DC and the Shirley Meniece Horticulture Conference sponsored by GCA. An incredible three day conference in the Nation's Capital held at the US Arboretum with side tours and visits to the Nation's Capital, the US Botanic Garden, Mount Vernon, Hillwood and other beautiful gardening sites in the DC area. Most notable were the speakers, the new friendships forged and the knowledge to bring home and share with our own members. Part of the conference was "Seed Share" - each member was to bring seeds collected from our own members' gardens. Each carefully collected and valuable set of seeds was packaged individually in small manila envelopes with the botanical name, common name, hardiness zone, description (annual, perennial, vine, etc.) with some growing tips. Tubs of the packets were put out one afternoon and we were free to select and bring home our seeds. Our members who contributed seeds received first choice on the ones I brought home. Now what??? In brief - Sow it, Grow it, Share it, Show it! You, too, can start a seed share with your friends, your local garden clubs, your state garden clubs, within a Master Gardeners Group - the possibilities are unlimited! Stay tuned for the next post.
|The Capitol Columns at the US National Arboretum|
|Our Seed Share Bags full of precious cargo!|