US (UT): New greenhouse sprouts at Trailside Park

Amelanchier arborea. Juniperus scopulorum. Quercus gambelii. Artemisia tridentata. Cercocarpus ledifolius.

Although the scientific names are hard to recognize, the plants they refer to — the downy serviceberry, the rocky mountain juniper, the Gambel oak, the big sagebrush, and the curl-leaf mountain mahogany — should be far more familiar as native species in Utah.

The idea for the greenhouse started a little over a year ago, intending to propagate and germinate native plants for restoration projects as well as drought-tolerant plants and pollinator plants for gardens around trailheads and other sites, according to Seychelle Marcus.

Marcus is the lead open space technician for Basin Recreation. Her role requires her to manage green spaces throughout the district, which also involves working with invasive species, restoration projects, and geographic information systems. She’s been involved in the greenhouse since its launch.


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