Plant Propagation at Helliwell

The Natural History Centre has been assisting with a plant propagation project at Helliwell Park. Last spring, the stewards each grew a variety of native plant species at their homes for the project. Finally, the time came to plant them in the allotted zones at the park! It was a fine warm day on October 26 to be in the park with the twelve older students, accompanied by biologists Erica McClaren and Bonnie Zand, and Norma and Neil Wilson of the NHC. The group planted several hundred plants as well pulling plenty of weeds in the planting zones. Erica talked to the students about the science behind the project. It was a great learning experience for everybody. A total of 1100 to 1300 plants were planted, such as Blue Wildrye (Elymus glaucus) plugs, California Brome (Bromus carinatus) plugs, Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum) plugs.

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