Marin Master Gardeners
University of California
Marin Master Gardeners

Native Plant Propagation

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Master Gardeners help Marin County Parks propagate native plants for habitat restoration projects. In late spring and through the summer, Master Gardeners collect ripe seed at designated open space preserves. We work at the county's nursery in Lucas Valley, sowing the seeds, then weeding, thinning and transplanting seedlings to successively larger cells until they are ready to be planted in the ground. During the rainy season, Master Gardeners join with school and scout groups to plant the seedlings at habitat restoration sites. Care is taken to return the seedlings to the same watershed where the seeds were collected.
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Among the native species we grow are coyote brush, buckwheat, marsh gumweed, farewell to spring, purplish morning glory, purple needlegrass, California bottlebrush grass and California oatgrass.

Projects have been completed or are underway at:

  • Santa Venetia Marsh in San Rafael
  • Bothin Marsh in Mill Valley
  • Hal Brown Park at Creekside in Greenbrae
  • Old St. Hilary's Open Space in Tiburon
  • Ring Mountain Open Space in Corte Madera

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