Advanced Seed Starting: Pollinator and Wildflower Gardening

Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Online Class via Zoom ONLY; Materials included and available for pickup at Botanic Garden (details below)

$5 for Members; $12 for non-members.


Wildflower gardens can offer a lower-maintenance option to your landscape while also attracting pollinators like butterflies and bees. Learn how to prepare, plant and cultivate a seed mix for wildflower gardening from Andy Fusco, curator of the Garden’s Lakeside Promenade.

Andy will also spend time on the different types of milkweed and starting them from seed using a method called cold stratification.

Materials are included with class registration. Seeds will include ​a mixture of flowers to attract pollinators as well as host plants for beneficial caterpillars. Other materials will include ​seed shaker and sand for seed mix, stratification kit, potting mix and small plastic container for growing seeds.

Seeds include: Zinnia, Fennel, Sunflower, White Bishop’s lace, Tithonia rotundifolia, Salvia coccinea, Dill, Parsley, Echinacea (purple coneflower) and Cosmos. Participants will also be getting a packet of 1 of 3 milkweeds-- Tropical (A. curassavica), Common (A. syriaca), or Butterfly (A. tuberosa). All materials are included in the price and must be picked up at the Garden between Friday, Feb. 5 and the Friday before the class between 10 a.m. – ​5 p.m. Free Garden admission (for registered class participant) is included when picking up class materials. Registration closes Thursday (midnight) prior to class.

A Zoom link for class participants will be emailed out by noon on Friday before class.

About your Instructor:
Andy Fusco is the Curator of the Lakeside Promenade at Tulsa Botanic Garden. He recently obtained a Master's degree in Horticulture from OSU where he studied Oklahoma Native Plants and their potential use in a future native garden at Tulsa Botanic Garden. He also worked with The Botanic Garden at OSU in planting a wildflower garden from seed. Andy is a longtime plant dad so when he is not at work, he spends his time caring for over 50 various tropical house plants and growing vegetables for his neighbors and friends.

Other Online Seed Starting Courses:

Seed Starting: Vegetables (March 6, 10 a.m.)

Advanced Seed Starting: Cut Flowers (March 6, 1 p.m.)

Seed Starting 101 (March 13, 10 a.m.)