Fern Propagation Workshop

Bob Payne, Wake County Extension Master Gardener

  • Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 9:00 am12:00 pm

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Learn about the reproductive cycle of ferns and how to propagate them from spores in this hands-on workshop. Participants will be introduced to terms like gametophyte and sporophyte and will clean and sow spores and divide gametophytes and sporophytes. Each participant will take home a variety of ferns in various stages of development.

Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Fan Dance'

About Bob Payne

Bob Payne is an Extension Master Gardener with Wake County. He has been involved in gardening his entire life and inherited his love of plants from his mother. Bob has had gardens in New Mexico, Arizona, and Florida before moving to North Carolina almost 28 years ago. Faced with landscapes that have been dominated by large red and white oaks, he has come to enjoy the challenges and opportunities associated with shade gardening. He developed a particular interest in ferns and their propagation—a group of plants he feels that are underutilized and under appreciated. Bob has a B.S.Ag. (entomology/plant pathology) and B.S.N, from the University of Delaware and a M.H.A. from Duke University. He recently retired from Duke University Hospital where he worked as an operations administrator.

COVID-19 Guidelines

This program is scheduled as an in-person program under the assumption we can meet together in groups at this time. If NC State or the state have any COVID-19 safety guidelines in place at this time, everyone in attendance will be required to follow them. If meeting in person in large numbers indoors isn't permitted at the time of the program, we will conduct this program entirely outdoors weather permitting.

$45.00 for members, $60.00 for nonmembers.
Advance registration is required. Online registration opens soon. Registration is limited to 18 people and is considered complete when payment is received.
Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks prior to the program's start date. No refunds will be made after this time. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
Head House, Horticulture Field Laboratory, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Directions will be provided to participants the week before the program. The head house is located near the JC Raulston Arboretum, but the driving directions will differ somewhat.
Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please write jcraprograms@ncsu.edu for more information about this program.