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.
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.
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
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