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SCMGF Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series – The Role of Seed Banking in Native Plant Conservation

February 9 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for The Annual SCMGF Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series, live at our NEW LOCATION:
Everett Station
Weyerhaeuser Room, 4th Floor
3201 Smith Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
(free parking at the train station)

Topic: The Role of Seed Banking in Native Plant Conservation

A seed is one of nature’s marvelous adaptions. It makes the perfect receptacle for an embryonic plant, providing protection from the elements and transportation to a new home. Early humans took advantage of seeds’ longevity, storing them through winter months and transporting them over trade routes. One could argue that without the seed, the course of human society may have taken a drastically different trajectory. Today, seeds are serving another purpose, this time for their own species benefit. In seed banks across the country, scientists and land managers hold millions of seeds of the nation’s native rare plants, painstakingly gathered from wild populations. In this talk, Wendy Gibble will explore the biology of seeds, the science of seed banking, and an overview of the conservation efforts to protect rare native plants by the Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation (Rare Care) program.

$85 for the entire series, if purchased in advance. Tickets for individual sessions will be available for $20, starting January 1st, based on availability. Limited space available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

Speaker Profile:
Wendy Gibble
​Wendy Gibble is Associate Director at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Manager of the Rare Care Program. In her 18 years with the program, she has conducted research on rare plant ecology to support recovery of endangered species, overseen the seed banking program, developed propagation protocols for rare native plants and conducted outplantings to establish new populations in the wild.
​She completed her master’s thesis in plant ecology at the University of Washington.


February 9
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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3201 Smith Ave, 4th Flr
Everett, WA 98201 United States
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