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Reproductive Genetics: Seed Saving, Grafting & Pollination (as part of The Science of Edible Gardening Series)

May 20, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Science of Edible Gardening Seed Saving

Plant reproduction is essential to our food production systems. Delve into the world of pollination and understand why some plants need cross pollinators and others are self-fertile. Understand vegetative methods of plant propagation, including different types of cuttings. Learn how to graft fruit trees and how to choose the right rootstock. Explore seed saving, and the difference between hybrid, heirloom and GMO seed.

This workshop in the Science of Edible Gardening Series, specifically looks at plant reproduction and how it can influence plant propagation methods. You will come away with the skills and confidence to propagate many different types of plants, as well as save seed for future crops.


  • Plant Life Cycles
  • Fruit Tree Pollination Requirements
  • Seed Saving
  • Fruit Tree Grafting
  • Sowing Seeds
  • Propagation via Cuttings

The class involves a combination of theory in a classroom setting, demonstrations and hands-on practical activities including:

• Collecting seed for saving activity

• Demonstration of different pollination techniques (particularly for seed saving)

• Fruit tree grafting

• Striking cuttings and other plant propagation methods

By the end of the class you will have a greater understanding of pollination of flowers and plant reproduction. You will have the confidence to propagate plants using a range of methods.

What to Bring:

• Enthusiasm for learning

• Your lunch

• Water bottle

• Notebook and pen

• Closed toed, practical shoes

• Appropriate Clothing as Kyneton can be cold and wet in autumn.

Participants will be able to take home some samples of saved seed and plant cuttings to strike.

The Science of Edible Gardening Workshop Series

These events are being run as part of The Science of Edible Gardening Workshop Series from Leaf, Root & Fruit. The series has been designed to give you an overview of how plants grow and interact with the environment. This understanding makes decision making, planning and garden maintenance straightforward. Observation and understanding of natural ecosystems and phenomena can help you to be a more successful and fulfilled gardener.

Each workshop is based around a theme that will integrate into the entire series. There will be minimal repetition of content across each event, although certain important ideas will be revisited from time to time. We anticipate most attendees will complete the complete series. However, you can book in for each workshop individually to pick and choose the ones relevant to you.

The 8 workshop topics are:

  •        Nutrients and Fertilizers: Growing Nutrient Dense Food (Held each March)
  •        Population Ecology: Pests and How to Control Them (Held each April)
  •        Reproductive Genetics: Seed Saving, Grafting and Pollination (Held each May)
  •        Plant Physiology: Pruning and Plant Manipulation (Held each June)
  •        Seasonality and Timing: Environmental Gardening Influences (Held each July)
  •        Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles: The Science of Compost (Held each August)
  •        Ecological Succession and Soil: Edible Forest Gardens and Weed Control (Held each September)
  •        Photosynthesis: Irrigation, Rainwater Tanks and Sunlight (Held each November)

See our dedicated web page for more information on The Science of Edible Gardening workshop series:


Please go to our ticketing website to book tickets: https://site.corsizio.com/c/635a0178bc523a469c2af69c


May 20, 2023
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Leaf, Root & Fruit
0423 003 764
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Kyneton, Victoria
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