Propagating Pollinator Plants from Seed

Saturday, November 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, December 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  Yale West Campus , 230 West Campus Drive, Orange, CT


  • Adult Program
  • Registration & fee required

Including native plants in your garden is a great way to provide food and habitat for pollinators.  You can expand your native plantings inexpensively by growing them yourself from seed. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the germination requirements for different species and get you fully prepared for next season. We’ll send you home with a plastic milk jug filled with a planted seed selection to stratify over the winter.

Proper after care will also be shared. Seeds and soil provided.

Fee: $40

Germinated seeds in a plastic jug
A view inside a plastic milk jug containing germinated wildflower seeds.

About the Instructor

Jim Sirch, Education Coordinator at the Yale Peabody Museum, is a UConn Master Gardener and board member of his local land trust. As a trained naturalist, he brings a deep understanding of geology, plants, and wildlife, and how they interact within a particular ecosystem. He holds degrees in Forestry, Science Education, and Environmental Studies Administration. Jim received the 2014 Sigmund Abeles Award from the Connecticut Science Teachers and Supervisors Association for outstanding science teaching and professional development.  Jim also writes “Beyond Your Back Door”, a blog about nature in your neighborhood.

Jim Sirch collecting wildflower seeds
Photo of Jim Sirch collecting wildflower seeds; Photo by Willow Ann Sirch

Event Location

Yale West Campus

230 West Campus Drive, Orange, CT