The Borderlands Restoration greenhouse has been growing. Last year we propagated 10,000 plants for use in restoration projects & plant sales. In 2015, we are looking to double our production. In the past year, we have added weekly volunteer days, a shade structure to house “adolescent” plants, a new employee and a contract with the National Park Service. These photos help tell the story.
Greenhouse manager, Francesca Claverie, shows off the new Agave palmeri babies propagated for the National Park Service in our new Nursery/NPS partnership.
Oak (Quercus emoryi) seedlings in the hands of the BR Nursery Volunteers. The nursery has around 5 steady volunteers who come on Tuesdays from 8:30 to noon (including snack time). They help with all aspects of our propagation from taking cuttings and seeding, to transplanting and recording. Contact Francesca or show-up at the greenhouse if you’d like to join in the fun!
Our resident mother fairy, Anita CW overlooks her Asclepias babies that were just seeded. Anita has been growing plants with Borderlands since we were a sprout.
Andrea Stanley, our newest addition to the Greenhouse crew, models the plants available at the BR Trading Post during the end of year plant sale. Plants are still selling for $5.00 at the BR Retail Space. Hours: M, W, TH 10-1, F & SA 10-3.
Through Winter 2014 the BR Greenhouse grew out thousands of milkweeds (Asclepias) of 11 different species in partnership with Southwest Monarch Study. We will continue to grow milkweeds, we’ve already sowed 5 species.
Morgan Parsons models the new shade structure which came along in the Spring to expand our production. Morgan is a farm technician at the Native Seed/SEARCH farm, where the BR greenhouses are located. Special thanks to the “Restoration Crew” who assembled the storm and insect-proof structure.
The completed shade house full of plants that were collected within our watershed. The nursery is currently growing around 75 species of native plants.
Plants loaded up and ready to be installed at a restoration site in support of pollinators. Shown are members of last year’s greenhouse staff: Bethany Brandt and Travis Gerkins, Greenhouse Manager: Francesca Claverie. Restoration Project Coordinator: Molly McCormick.