Collect and Grow Native Trees Seeds - Field Excursion - RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 2, 2022

02apr9:30 amCollect and Grow Native Trees Seeds - Field Excursion - RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 2, 2022

Event Details

A joint project of Canadensis Botanical Garden Society (CBGS or Canadensis) and the Ottawa Field Naturalist Club (OFNC). This collaborative project is being held to promote the cultivation of Native Trees through the collection and distribution of their seeds and seedlings, and to educate the public.

Sign up to join our first tree seed collection field excursion for 2022, to collect seeds for:

  • American Sycamore  (Platanus occidentalis)
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
  • Highbush Cranberry Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum)
  • Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata)
  • Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
  • Pussy Willow  (Probablement Salix discolor)
  • Gather germinating seeds – targeting Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
  • Others to be confirmed

Excursion Leader: Owen Clarkin, Ottawa Filed Naturalist Club

Collect seeds to grow your own trees. We ask that excess seeds which you collect be voluntarily donated to Canadensis for our planned Native Tree Gardens at the Canadensis site.

RESCHEDULED – Saturday April 2nd at 9:30 AM. Registrants will be kept informed

Departing location: From the Red Barn at the Canadensis location on Prince of Wales Drive.

What to bring: you must have a vehicle or be prepared to car pool.

                         – Suitable footwear for muddy terrain.

Cost:  Choice of two options:

1) $20 to cover:

  • Participation in the excursion
  • Written instructions on what to do with the seeds
  • Materials needed for planting seeds 
  • Participation in workshop on planting collected seeds, which will be held at Canadensis Native Tree garden
  • Ongoing support when planting your own seeds at home or wherever they choose

2) Free: if you have everything you need to grow your seeds at home. (Donations are welcome)


Advanced Registration open to Canadensis Members until to March 15th.

General Registration open to all from March 16th 

To register, simply send an email to 


For questions, please use the same email address

If you want seeds, but are not available for the excursion, please email us.

Additional Information

This collaborative project promotes Native Trees through the collection of their seeds and seedlings, education and distribution to the public.

There are roughly 50 native tree species in the Ottawa area. However, only about 5 or 6 of these native trees are available for purchase at area garden centres and nurseries. This is quite disturbing for the propagation of native trees.

We will promote the planting of native trees in Ottawa, for the protection and restoration of native plants. Ecosystem-based adaptation can reduce climate risks while also delivering co-benefits for biodiversity, livelihoods, health, food security and carbon sequestration. This native tree program includes:

  • Field trips for gathering seeds from native trees for the purposes of new planting: Ottawa Field Naturalists (OFNC) know where to find enclaves of various native trees in the Ottawa area. OFNC will lead field trips.
  • Education workshops on tree propagation from the collected seeds
  • Targets for the number of new trees, for each tree species.
  • Plant a native tree garden at Canadensis
  • Offer
  • excess seeds and seedlings to the general public on the Canadensis Web site store. This store would be coordinated with local nurseries so as not to impact their business. 



(Saturday) 9:30 am

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