Seed collecting is a fascinating skill to learn and can become quite addicting! This lost art is more important now due to the loss of natural lands all over the country. Why collect seeds from your garden? Collecting seeds helps you start new plants for free, protects diversity and affords you gifts for friends, family and community plantings. Some native plants can be difficult to find so collecting seeds from your garden or a trusted source can help save a species. Remember to never collect where you do not have permission. Seed Collecting Fun Fact: collecting seeds gets you outdoors on what could be the last good day of the year! Join us for a fun class full of tips, tricks and skill building.
Dolly Foster, Landscape Horticulturist, has been a Master Gardener for 22 years, an Indiana Accredited Horticulturist for 20 and a Certified Arborist since 2008. For the past 22 years, Dolly has been presenting lectures on many gardening topics. She spent a few years as adjunct faculty of the Joliet Junior College Agriculture/ Horticulture Department and 18 years in the Parks and Recreation industry as staff horticulturist for two park districts. She has been butterfly gardening from the very beginning of her gardening career. Her passion has led her to raising monarch and swallowtail butterflies for 15 years. Her garden at home has been a Monarch Waystation since 2011. Dolly also managed the Oak Lawn Community Garden.