Native Plant Propagation Classes

This series of classes was developed by Charlotte Torgovitsky to help train volunteers to support the range and vegetation resource management programs at the Pt. Reyes National Seashore by establishing a volunteer-based nursery.  Everyone is welcome to attend, and many homeowners who wish to restore habitat on their properties do so because "growing your own" is a better and cheaper source of native plants.

Growing your own native plants from seed, cuttings or divisions is not only very cost-effective, it’s also incredibly satisfying! And once you’ve learned some basic principles and can avoid the most common mistakes made by gardeners trying to successfully propagate plants, you will find that the rewards are many.

Extensive, detailed handouts are provided as well as light refreshments. At every class, participants can take home a selection of seeds, seedlings, or cuttings for their own gardens.

Classes are taught by Charlotte and held on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon at the Red Barn at Bear Valley Visitor Center.

August 5th

- This class is the only one off site -
Students are invited to come to Novato to see the Home Ground Habitats nursery set-up: tools, soils, components and containers, irrigation systems, and growing areas will all be looked at and discussed in detail. Bring a picnic lunch, as there are lots of nice shady spots to sit in the garden, and a garden tour will be offered after lunch to those who are interested.

Charlotte will also have a special treat to offer. By August, I’ve usually made at least one batch of Elderberry Tonic – something really delicious, unusual, and healthy to try!

September 9th - 10 am to 1pm  

This class is a little longer since we’ll be focusing on both cuttings (cloning plants) and making more plants by divisions.

October 14th – 10am to 1pm

Stay tuned – we’ll be coming up with another very special class offering!

This series of classes is a collaborative effort between Pt. Reyes National Seashore and the Seashore’s volunteer association, Marin Resource Conservation District, and Home Ground Habitats.

Please RSVP with Sarah Phillips, Urban Streams Program Manager with the Marin RCD by emailing or by calling 415-663-1170 x 302.