Thursday, April 24, 2014: Propagating natives in your backyard, with Daniel Geiger: Plant propagation is vital to spreading the use of native plants in gardens and parks. Most propagation is carried out by professional nurseries. Daniel, who is not a plant professional, but just regular guy, will show how to get started propagating plants in a home setting, focusing on easy plants and approaches, including saving unwanted natural propagules, growing from seeds, and making cuttings. The plants can be used in one’s own yard, make nice gifts, or may be donated to our chapter's annual plant sale. A propagator’s starter kit will be available; if you are interested, please contact this CNPS chapter or Daniel directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Daniel L. Geiger is curator of malacology (mollusks) at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, a Visiting Research Scholar of the Huntington Gardens for his work on tropical orchids, and a member of this CNPS chapter. For several years he has contributed home-propagated plants to the chapter's annual plant sale. He is also a constributor to our newsletter, The Paintbrush, including an article in the Winter 2011 issue titled Growing native bulbs from seeds (see Page 6 of that issue).