MN SEED Native Plant Community Science Project

Posted on April 22, 2021 - 9:57am

An exciting opportunity that helps gardeners identify, track, and learn to save seeds from their native plantings and then propagate new plants in the coming season.  Minnesota State Horticultural Society in collaboration with the Saint Paul Seed Circle, Como Community Seed Library, and with generous funding from a Capitol Region Watershed District Partner Grant is offering this special initiative during the 2021 growing season.

More Information: MN SEED Native Plant Community Science Project

Native plants are especially adapted to their region and support a wide range of wildlife while also improving soil, air and water. Native plants also typically produce an abundance of seed that can be saved and shared gardener to gardener.

Through the MN Seed Native Plant Community Science Project gardeners will have access to 

  • Online webinars on native plant identification and plant family characteristics, how to use the citizen science app iNaturalist, and later in the season how to propagate new plants for collected native seed hosted by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society

  • The MN Seed iNaturalist project, a free citizen science app-based project that will help gardeners identify, track, and evaluate their plantings.

  • Seed Collecting and Processing events

  • Seed Swaps to share the collected seed at the end of the growing season.

Residents and gardeners who live in the Capitol Region Watershed District boundaries and who sign up for the project will be provided with bonus tools and discounted access to the webinars!

This Project will be especially helpful to Hamline Midway neighbors who have rain gardens and are struggling to maintain the plantings.