Adult Opportunities

Spring Plant Propagation

Grow your own native plants from seed or grafts.

Content Detail

Learn methods for propagating your favorite native plants in the late winter and early spring in this class at The Morton Arboretum. Learn which seeds should be sown in the fall or spring, and learn techniques for grafting and spring seed starting. Discuss seed storage, learn which seeds will need cold to germinate, practice identifying and collecting seeds in early spring, and more.

This program meets in person at The Morton Arboretum.

Instructor: Luke Dahlberg, seed technician, Citizens for Conservation

Age: 16 and older

Course number: W345


Luke Dahlberg, seed technician, Citizens for Conservation

Luke Dahlberg has done propagation of native plants and native seed collection for Citizens for Conservation and Lake County Forest Preserve since 2018. His work has developed a better understanding of the growth and development of rare native plants that better help understand their reintroduction into the wild. He has a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture with a business emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. While he has had over a decade of experience in the commercial nursery trade, his passion for growing plants started as a kid in his backyard.

What to Know

This program is held indoors and outdoors.

Please bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them. A limited number will be provided in class for those who do not have their own pruners.

Program Schedule

Section A: Saturday, March 23, 2024, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Section B: Saturday, March 23, 2024, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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