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SLO Botanical Garden – Saturday at the Garden: Native Plant Propagation Workshop

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Native Plant Propagation Workshop
With Rodney Thurman, Arborist and Grower

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Want to learn how to grow your own California Native plants? Join arborist and native plant grower, Rodney Thurman, to learn how to grow native plants from cuttings, and how to treat seeds to get better growth rates. Native plants can be notoriously tricky to propagate at home, so learn from a skilled professional. Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday, January 11 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM to get some hands-on experience propagating several native plant species. Come with questions.  Workshop is followed at 2:30PM by a free docent-led tour of the SLO Botanical Garden.

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Suggested donation $5 for members/$10 non-members.

Ever since Rodney Thurman can remember, he has been interested in plants and how they grow. Beginning in 1989, after his time as a U.S. Marine, Rodney began working his way through college in the retail and wholesale nursery business. In 1994 he was introduced to native plant propagation and restoration while in a work-study position in Olympia, Washington. After graduating college, Rodney did contract work for the Washington State University Cooperative Extension, helping to build native-plant, educational gardens and teaching ethnobotany classes.  Rodney became a certified arborist in 2002. In 2011 Rodney worked as Director of Propagation for Greenheart Farms, a large wholesale nursery in Arroyo Grande, California. In 2018 Rodney ventured out on his own and started Heritage Tree Arboricultural Consulting where he works with landowners, developers and individuals to help protect their trees and give advice on landscape health. Rodney recently returned to Greenheart Farms where he works part time as the Restoration Department Coordinator.

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