Native Plant Propagation
In recent years, landscape professionals and homeowners have demonstrated an increased demand for sustainable, low-maintenance landscaping. As a leading public garden in the Chesapeake Bay region, Adkins Arboretum supports this movement by evaluating select native plants of local provenance in order to enhance the offerings of ornamental horticulture. This work is made possible through generous support from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.
In addition to the more popular native plant species, new choices that provide numerous ecological benefits and are easy to care for are now being located, collected, and propagated as seeds or cuttings by a core group of Arboretum staff and volunteers. Plants under evaluation in the project will be grown to larger sizes for testing in trial beds and assessed for potential ornamental worthiness.