Every year The Land Conservancy of McHenry County adds as much native seed as we can to our sites, either making whole new prairies out of nothing or adding more diversity to our preserves. We also bring seed to our Seed Sharing Day in October, where we teach anyone interested in restoration how to collect seed for their own properties and spend the day collecting seed or giving away an assortment of seed people have donated.
Native seed can be expensive, but it's free if you collect it from your own natural areas!
We'll take any native seed and no amount is too little! Please be sure it is the native form and not a cultivated variety. It helps if each species is collected separately and placed in its own paper bag and labelled. Most seeds can be fully dried and stored in a paper bag, but some cannot and we have made notes if any special storage is required. Seeds can be dropped off at our office in Woodstock. If you have questions send us an email.
Thank you to everyone who has donated seed to us already this year!
We've included another six species common in native flower plantings and have directions on how to collect these!