NANPS Awards 2013
NANPS is dedicated to study, conserve, cultivate and restore North America’s native flora, so each year we look to recognize those projects that best reflect our mandate.
Help us celebrate!!
Nominations and submissions are still being received for the following:
Our annual Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Award looks to recognize those extraordinary contributions of an individual or group to the conservation, protection or restoration of the natural heritage & native flora of North America. This could be at the community, regional, provincial, national or continental level.
Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy, 2011 Award recipient
Check out ‘Awards’ on this website for more information … and read about our previous recipients.
Deadline for submissions has been extended to July 31st. *
Help us also celebrate native plants gardens and the people who tend them!
Our annual NATIVE PLANT GARDEN AWARDS gives us an opportunity to share in these unique successes and recognize the amazing gardens that support diverse habitat and shared accommodations for our native flora and fauna.
2010 Garden Award recipient: Christina Kobland, Lafayettte Hill, Pennsylvania
Gardening with natives is no longer just a peripheral option....it is part of a paradigm shift in our shaky relationship with the planet that sustains us … one that mainstream gardeners can no longer afford to ignore.” Doug Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home, 2009
Tell us about your journey along the way, and the things that make it special! … the plants …. the things that give you joy ….. small visitors to your garden retreat, etc..
Nominations and submissions are invited for this year’s annual NATIVE PLANT GARDEN AWARDS until July 31, 2013. *
*Applicants must be current NANPS members.
*Official presentation of certificate and plaque to be made at the NANPS Annual General Meeting on Saturday October 19, 2013.
*Selected entries to be posted on the NANPS website and in our quarterly newsletter, the Blazing Star.
Has NANPS moved?
Eagle-eyed NANPSters may have noticed that our mailing address has changed on the web site, but not on some of our publications.
PO Box 84, Station D,Toronto, Ontario, M9A 4X1,Canada
is our correct new postal address. The former municipality of Etobicoke was lost by amalgamation into the city of Toronto. We have not moved, and we still pick up our mail at exactly the same location. We will slowly correct all our publications to reflect this change, but as an environmental organization, we will not be discarding documents and forms which are printed with the old address.
From the point of view of Canada Post, it makes no difference whether mail is addressed to us in Etobicoke or Toronto, as long as the rest of the information is correct.
In future we should all try to remember to write “Toronto” instead of “Etobicoke”, but old habits die hard and if we slip up and forget it will not prevent the mail getting through.
Markham Pond Planting
Markham Civic Centre Pond Planting
Part 2, Saturday June 8th 2013
After many years of planning and fund-raising, the creation of a native plant garden beside Markham Civic Centre pond is under way! The first phase, planting native shrubs, took place on a beautiful fall day in 2012 and the wildflower planting will take place in the spring of 2013.
Zinkan Cove Inspection Tour, May 2013
On May 25th 2013 three board members (John, Alice and Miriam) visited the NANPS conservation property at Zinkan cove. We were accompanied by four other NANPS members, and led by Bob Barnett and Bill from the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy.
It was a cool day, but with bright sunshine and no bugs! We entered the property by a snowmobile trail that comes out into Georgian Bay at the north-west corner of the NANSPS property. The trail itself was interesting, as there were columbines and gaywings (fringed polygala) in bloom.
Back Issues of Blazing Star
"Blazing Star" is a quarterly magazine about native plants, published by NANPS. Members get it hot
off the press, either in print by mail, or in full colour and faster as an electronic version delivered by email in pdf format.
Once they are at least a year old, we are making back issues of Blazing Star available on line. They are pdf files, usually about 500 - 1,500kb in size.
Kentucky Coffee Tree, Gymnocladus dioicus by Stephen Johnson
North of Superior by Barbara Yurkoski
My First Pond (Garden)by Mark Funk
Putting Native to Plants Work on Missouri's Landscapes by Bonnie Chasteen
lue Giant Hyssop, Agastache foeniculum by Graham Buck
Planned Subdivision Sparks a Wildlife Haven by Patricia Baldwin
Virginia Barrier Islands by Stephen Johnson
Engelmann's Quillwort by Paul Heydon
Acer platanoides - A Cautionary Tale by Merle Gunby
Please join NANPS in the
Study, Cultivation, Conservation and Restoration of North America's native flora.
NANPS special 48 page, colour 25th Anniversary Edition of NANPS newsletter, The Blazing Star, is still available.
Photo credit: Deb Chute
In Support of Native Plant Gardens
Native plant gardening is a wonderful way to connect with nature and to improve your piece of the planet, yet such gardens are not always appreciated by neighbours more interested in tending lawn and other Eurasian species. Ecological gardens are, however, on the rise and a new appreciation of their multi-dimensional aesthetic qualities is growing. In addition to being popular, practical and ecologically relevant, there are also legal protections for these important spaces.
For inspiration check out Deb C's garden, a supplement to the Summer 2012 edition of The Blazing Star, with glorious illustrations of a new Richmond Hill suburban garden turned into a heavenly habitat for wildlife.