Save the Date! Our Annual Markham Native Plant Sale: May 9, 2015
Our large Annual Native Plant Sale will be taking place on Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Markham Civic Centre. Parking is free. It is Canada's largest one-day native plant sale. We hope to see you there!
The 2014-15 NANPS Seed Exchange
The first round of the 2014-15 North American Native Plant Society Seed Exchange is now available on our web-site. Please click here.
The 2014 North American Plant Society Annual Report
Please click on the link below to read the North American Native Plant Society's Annual Report covering the period October 20, 2013 to November 15, 2014
Barbara Fallis Memorial Speaker Series 2015
Our first talk in the Barbara Fallis Memorial Speakers Series for 2015 is "Using Native Plants for Landscaped Constructed Wetlands and Alternative Waste and Stormwater Treatment." This event will be held on Tuesday, February 17th, 7:00 pm in Room 103 of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto (230 College St.). Attendees to this lecture are eligible for 1.5 OAA or OALA learning credits.
Phil James, P.Eng, Manager of Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration, Credit Valley Conservation. Phil oversees a variety of urban watershed restoration projects ranging from pollution prevention studies to innovative stormwater retrofit projects. He has worked both in consulting and government in the field of water resources engineering.
Kevin Rawlings, technician scientist, Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment which is an applied research facility focusing on innovative wastewater treatment technologies.
NANPS Members / Guests $8,
General Admission $15
Students free with ID
The second talk is entitled "Reviving Rare Plants at The Riverwood Conservancy". This event will be held on Thursday, March 19th, 1:00 to 2:30 at the Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Avenue East, North York, Ontario)
Presenter: Nina Barabas
The northernmost part of Canada’s Eastern Deciduous forest, the Carolinian Zone, hosts numerous rare native wildflowers. Many are endangered due to loss of habitat, or from years of over-harvesting from the wild. Join Nina Barabas, co-author of Wildflowers of Riverwood, to explore the impacts of including them in our gardens.
Presented by TBG as part of their HortiCULTURE Lecture Series in partnership with the North American Native Plant Society.
NANPS and TBG Members / Guests $22,
General Admission $28
Photo courtesy of The Riverwood Conservancy
Lorraine Johnson to Speak on Growing Edible Native Plants
The North American Native Plant Society is proud to present noted author and native plant expert Lorraine Johnson at the North York Central Library Auditorium (5120 Yonge St., Toronto) on Monday, March 30 at 7:30. Lorraine will be speaking on the topic “Flowers and Food: Growing Edible Native Plants”. This talk is the first of two presentations that will be video recorded, edited and made available online thanks to generous funding from The McLean Foundation.
Photo by Andrew Leyerle
Lorraine is the author of more than 10 books, including The New Ontario Naturalized Garden; 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Cities; and The Gardener’s Manifesto. Her most recent books are City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing and editor for the Canadian Gardener’s Guide and has travelled extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada to research native plant landscapes and design. She continues to work as a consultant on various landscape projects and has also been involved in urban agriculture since the early 1990s. Most recently, she was the lead writer of the document “GrowTO: An Urban Agriculture Action Plan for Toronto,” the recommendations of which were accepted for further study by Toronto City Council in November 2012.
Over the years, Lorraine has been involved with many organizations, including the North American Native Plant Society from 1995 to 2002 (President from 1998 to 2001). Lorraine is currently at work on a book tentatively titled From Barnyard to Backyard: The Urban Livestock Revolution.
In this illustrated talk, Lorraine Johnson will combine two timely and popular subjects—urban agriculture and native plant gardening—and inspire gardeners to grow edible native plants on their own properties.
Location: North York Central Library Auditorium (5120 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario (at the North York Centre subway stop))
When: Monday, March 30 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Admission: General Admission $8, NANPS Members / Guests $5
Dr. Douglas Tallamy
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Douglas Tallamy as a new Honorary Director for the North American Native Plant Society. Dr. Tallamy is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. His 2007 book "Bringing Home Nature: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in our Gardens" (Timber Press, 2007) is a landmark publication that encourages us to think of our gardens as wildlife preserves and habitat for local diversity. His research indicates that even modest increases in native plant cover on suburban properties significantly increases the number and species of breeding birds. Dr. Tallamy is a firm believer that biodiversity is essential to our survival because it is other species that create the ecosystem services essential to us.
Photo courtesy of the University of Delaware
Our 2014 Award Winners
The North American Native Plant Society recently held its Annual General Meeting in Markham, Ontario on November 15, 2014 where we announced the winners of this year's awards.
Congratulations to the Red Mountain Campus of Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona for being awarded the Founders Conservation Award. You can find out more about Red Mountain Campus' efforts to restore and maintain native plant populations on their grounds by watching this short acceptance video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pyh-X8h33A&feature=youtu.be
We would also like to congratulate Angelique-Marie Mori, Alan Bell and Paul Foster, each of whom were awarded a Garden Award for their inspiring efforts to create native plant habitat in urban settings.
Rolf Struthers and Vivienne Denton were also recognized with Volunteer of the Year Awards for their contributions to the society. Rolf has done an outstanding job processing our memberships and maintaining our membership base while Vivienne has supported NANPS in several ways, particularly as a long-time supporter of our seed exchange.
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
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! Peter Kelly, Executive Director