Since childhood Peter has been interested in growing plants. He re-located to Costa Rica 30 years ago and has been professionally dedicated to propagating and growing tropical fruit trees, ornamentals and some medicinal plants ever since. He is based at “Finca la Isla” on the southern Caribbean coast.
Peter has established a collection of more than 190 kinds of quality fruits, runs a cutting edge plant nursery, makes fine chocolate from his own cacao, and is the president of the committee that runs the local farmers’ market. Peter’s plant nursery specializes in plants and trees that are hard to get. In many cases he has collected, in the wild, overlooked plants and learned how to grow them in the garden.
ADVANCED PLANT SKILLS:
Establishing an Ethnobotanical Garden
Ethnobotanical plants are generally collected in the wild. Hence there is much more known about their potential uses than about how to grow them. Unfortunately some important plants are harder and harder to collect.
The goal of this workshop is to share experience on collecting plant material, whether seeds or cuttings, or divisions. How to be sure seeds are mature and viable, different techniques for making cuttings. What plants should be divided. Appropriate light, soil, humidity, etc.