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SFA Gardens to host seed-saving workshop

July 19, 2016 - University Marketing Communications
Heirloom strains of corn that have been selected, saved and passed down over thousands of years will be one of several examples addressed during the SFA Gardens' seed-saving seminar and workshop, which is slated from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building in the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A seed-saving seminar and workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building in the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Led by SFA Gardens' research associate Greg Grant, the workshop will allow participants to explore the basics of saving vegetable and flower seeds, including seed development, harvesting, cleaning and storage. They also will learn the different categories of seed treatment in order to promote germination.

"Seed saving is economical, helps preserve non-commercial heirloom varieties and provides an avenue for creating unique and more adapted selections," Grant said.

An active seed saver, Grant is author of "Texas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening," "Heirloom Gardening in the South," and "Home Landscaping." He also has introduced a number of popular plants into home gardens and the Texas nursery industry.

Space is limited. To make a reservation, contact Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens' research associate, at erodewald@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1832. Cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. A second family member may attend for an additional $10.