Date: Saturday October 15th
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. East at Leslie St., Toronto, Ontario
Flowers and Food: Growing Edible Native Plants - Lorraine Johnson
Talk and video were made possible by generous funding from the McLean Foundation
Our 2015 AGM was held Oct. 3, 2015 at North York Central Library in Toronto, Ontario. The Richard Wooler Cultivation Award was presented to Peter Fuller of Fuller Native and Rare Plants Nursery in Belleville, ON,. Peter spoke about his nursery (now six years in operation) and some of the techniques used in propagating native plants, and particularly how well some species responded to mycorrizal inoculated seed mixes. Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Anne Butt and Peter Kelly for their invaluable contributions.
Susan Walmer of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust gave an overview of her organization. Susan included a special recognition and thank you to NANPS member, Darcie McKelvey, who has placed an easement on her 25 acre property with ORMLT.
Susan Chan spoke about Native Bees from a Bee's Perspective. In her role as program manager of Farms at Work, Susan works with regional farmers and landowners to protect and encourage wild pollinators.
For a snapshot of what we've been up to, see our 2014-15 Annual Report
Please consider supporting our efforts! Membership in the North American Native Plant Society is only $25 a year ($10 for students!). For your membership fees you will receive four issues of The Blazng Star, our e-newsletter The Local Scoop, members-only access to our seed exchange, and pre-order priveleges at our annual native plant sale. You will also support our other activities that include the preservation of our two conservation properties (Shining Tree Woods and Zinkan Island Cove), the Dr. Barbara Fallis Lecture Series, plant rescues, restoration projects, education materials as well as advocacy and promotion for the inclusion of native plants in green spaces.
You can join NANPS using our online membership form (use Visa, Mastercard or PayPal).
Thank you for your support!
Community Canoe Projects
What’s a Community Canoe Garden? NANPS has been working in conjunction with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park project and helping to convert old canoes into pollinator-friendly native plant gardens. NANPS has provided funding and plenty of volunteers to assist in the creation of the canoe planters. Community Canoe Gardens have been installed in a number of parks, school yards etc. The photographs below are from a planting that took place in July, 2014 in Toronto's Stanley Park.
Photos by Adam Mohamed of NANPS and Jode Roberts of the David Suzuki Foundation
We are pleased to welcome Margaret Atwood as a new Honorary Director of the North American Native Plant Society. Margaret Atwood has written more than forty volumes of ficton, non-fiction, poetry, and children's literature. She has been acknowledged with numerous literary awards and honours including the Booker Prize, Governor General's Award and Giller Prize. She has received honorary degrees from 24 academic institutions and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. She is also an unflinching advocate for environmental issues.