On Jan. 8 at 11:30 a.m., join Wayland’s Native Plant Ambassador Jean Milburn at First Parish to learn a new technique — the winter sow — and grow local native flowering perennials from seed. In this in-person workshop, you will plant native seeds in a used milk jug, which you will convert into a mini-greenhouse.

Afterwards, you will take the jugs home and place them outside in the snow and cold. They will go through several freeze/thaw cycles before they germinate, and in the spring and summer you’ll have flowering perennials that you can plant in the ground. Most will be pollen/nectar/host plants for our native bumblebees.

Sterile Promix soil and five packets of local native perennial seeds will be provided, thanks to the Lydia Maria Child Fund. Participants should bring five one-gallon translucent milk jugs, gloves, sturdy scissors, a small hand trowel, and a box to carry your mini-greenhouses home.

To ensure there are enough supplies, please pre-register for the workshop by emailing Jean Milburn at 39york@gmail.com. The exact location of the workshop at First Parish will be determined by the number of participants.

ALSO:  Jean and her colleague Shelley will offer the same workshop at three different times on Jan. 18 at the Wayland Town Building Large Hearing Room. There is a small fee for these programs.

For 10 a.m. to Noon Session
         Council on Aging
Contact: Council on Aging 508-358-2990, coa@wayland.ma.us

For 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Session
         Wayland Garden Club
Contact: Pam Mauer 508 -358-5432, Mauerway1@aol.com

For: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Session
         Energize Wayland
Contact:  Shelley Trucksis, mtrucksis@gmail.com