On March 13, the Hastings Stewardship Council presents Peter Fuller speaking on The Local Landscape: Selecting, Growing and Propagating Native Plants for Property Owners. This is the third evening in their Winter Speaker Series, and it takes place at the Thurlow Community Centre, north of Belleville, at 7 pm.
Peter Fuller is the owner of Fuller Native and Rare Plants located just east of Belleville on Airport Parkway. Peter’s slide show will display a wide variety of recommended plant choices from ground covers to shrubs, from sun to shade, and from wet to dry areas. He will also give techniques for propagating your own plants from the abundant possibilities that surround us in eastern Ontario. Peter has long been an outdoor enthusiast, combining his interest in the natural world with his interests in horticulture.
The nursery propagates perennials, grasses, ferns, shrubs and trees, mostly from seed, to supply property owners with plant material. Whenever possible, local seed sources are used, as well as ethical seed collection practices. The nursery promotes habitat conservation and encourages people to develop naturalizing projects and shoreline restoration projects, as well aspropagation skills to increase enjoyment of our native flora. A percentage of Fuller’s sales is donated to local conservation efforts.
Native plants provide a host of interesting, hardy, and ecologically sound options for home gardeners and landscapers. Learning a good mix of native plants can increase site diversity, attract pollinators and birds, add colour and texture to natural areas, and ensure plants that are adapted to our local conditions.
Peter Fuller’s presentation will give gardeners new skills for planting and propagation, plant lists to take home, (and enhance your dreams of spring gardening), along with new perspectives on a host of native plants for a bountiful garden. This colourful show will “sow the seeds” of new planting ideas to help preserve our heritage.
All are welcome at the Thurlow Community Centre on 516 Harmony Road, (north of Belleville) on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 pm. There is no charge, but donations at the door will be gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Hastings Stewardship Council at 613-478-6875.