Bees to Butterflies...and Beyond Event, June 20th at Not So Hollow Farm
Pollinator Week is June 15th to 21st and the North American Native Plant Society is partnering with Not So Hollow Farm in Mulmur, Ontario on their fantastic pollinator event called "Bees to Butterflies...and Beyond."
The goal of this event is to educate the public about why our native pollinators are important and learn about how protecting pollinators is vital to our food supply and natural environment. You will also learn how you can individually help our pollinator communities.
This event will be held on Saturday, June 20th and will feature educational talks, movie screenings ('The Vanishing of the Bees' and 'Wings of Life'), kids activities, and an artisanal honey-tasting bar. Food will be available and prepared by local establishments using ingredients made possible by pollinators. There will also be a mini marketplace with a mixture of educational booths and vendors selling products related to pollinators.
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
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.
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.