Native Plant Walk at Kennebunk Plains

$ 15.00

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Date: Friday, August 19th
Time: 10am-12pm

Presented in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Norcross Wildlife Foundation.

Come join Dan Wilder for a tour of one of the most amazing and unique sites on the east coast. The Kennebunk Plains is a pyrogenic grassland ecosystem situated in Kennebunk, Maine. These ecosystems, once more common on the landscape, are home to numerous rare and endangered species such as grasshopper sparrows, broad sallow moths, and the largest population of New England blazing star in the world. Learn more about Kennebunk Plains on The Nature Conservancy website.

Dan Wilder is the Director of Applied Ecology at Norcross Wildlife Foundation which is currently undertaking the task of restoring several pine barrens and grassland sites in Massachusetts where he works and lives. With a focus on native plants and their associated ecology, Dan will lead us on a tour of the preserve to discuss the various species present and the work that goes into restoring and maintaining these unique ecosystems.

Each seed package carries a specific germination code along with the plant description. These codes indicate specific sowing instructions.

  • A Seeds can be sown outdoors in fall or early spring.
  • B Seeds need a winter or cold period to germinate. Sow outdoors in fall or winter.
  • C Seeds need light to germinate; sow on soil surface and leave uncovered.
  • D Seeds need alternating cycles of warm-to-cold-to-warm to germinate. They can be sown either outdoors in spring or summer and will germinate the following year or in a flat in a warm place for 3 months, then moved to a refrigerator for 2 months, then moved outside in the early summer warmth.
  • E Seeds can not be allowed to dry out. Sow immediately.
  • F Seeds take two years to germinate. Sow outside in the fall or winter and look for germination in the second spring. A shady location prevents the flats from rapid drying and reduces weeding
  • G Large seeds should be soaked overnight in water.
  • FERN: Sow spores in a warm bright location in a sealed container and keep moist. Directions enclosed with package. Challenging.

If you have specific questions about seeds and germination guidelines please contact us at

All seeds can be sown and placed outdoors in fall or winter bypassing the need for an artificial indoor cold stratification (refrigerator) required for some species when planted in spring. This is the simplest method. See How to Grow Natives From Seed for detailed instructions.