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Congratulations John!

NANPS is pleased to announce that Director John Oyston has won
a 2012 Moraine Hero Award from the Monitoring the Moraine Partners, EcoSpark, and STORM Coalition for his work in returning his Rice Lake acreage to tallgrass prairie surrounded by a newly planted arboretum of native trees.  John was awarded NANPS garden award in 2009 for the same project.

Joyce Chau presents John Oyston with Moraine Hero award

John continues to make NANPS proud through his exceptional work on NANPS Board of Directors; his continuing dedication to native species; and his other humanitarian causes.  John recently returned from teaching anaesthesiology in Ethiopia.  Welcome back John, and again, our heartiest congratulations for a well deserved honour!

Read the full story in Northumberland Today!

Board Retreat 2012

On Saturday July 2nd eight members of the NANPS Board met at Oak Hills Farm for the annual Board retreat. This allowed the Board the opportunity to brainstorm at length about the future goals and directions of NANPS, to plan for the October AGM, to discuss recruitment to the Board and to Board Committees.

Board members at Oak Hills Farm


There was also time for the Board memebrs to socialise, and to take a tour of the 100 acre property, which includes a prairie, an arboretum, and paths through a woodlot.

The Great Garlic Mustard Roundup of 2012

The Great Garlic Mustard Roundup was a great Roundup required!  The working area of Shining Tree Woods was completely cleared of this harmful weed by the dedicated members of NANPS Conservation Team on June 2, 2012.  Please consider joining NANPS next year for this annual event!

Shining Tree Woods is NANPS premiere conservation property, home to a number of rare species, some of which were under direct threat from the garlic mustard infestation.  Working together, NANPS team has beaten back this menace for another year...and had a great time doing it!  

In addition to taking 72 bags out to the roadside for garbage collection, the Teams identified dozens of species and initiated a monitoring program to evaluate the long term success of their efforts.

If you can’t join NANPS at Shining Tree Woods, you can also help by working to eradicate invasive species near you or by pledging your financial support to our efforts.  
2012 pledges amounted to $3.80 per bag of garlic mustard removed from Shining Tree Woods.  Many thanks to Irene Fedun, Jim Hodgins, Deborah Dale, David Skene Melvin, and Ann Butt and to Shell Canada and Lee Valley Tools for their financial support of this essential activity.

After a fun few hours in the woods, the Team continued on to St Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre, exploring Ontario’s oldest forestry station, enjoying a tasty supper and each other’s company.  The top five pullers each won a gift certificate from Lee Valley Tools and all participants took home a re-usable LVT shopping bag, 2 native plants for their gardens, and other small tokens of our appreciation.  

New Team members are always welcome and pledges are still being accepted toward this or next years Great Garlic Mustard roundup.

The North American Native Plant Society Awards

Our Awards

NANPS believes that it is important to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments, large or small, of the people and groups that work toward our shared goal of restoring North America's native flora.

We offer awards in four categories:

NANPS Founders Conservation Award

       Background Information

       Award Winners 1987 to 2017

NANPS Garden Award

        Background Information

        Award Winners 2007 to 2017

Volunteer of the Year Award

       Background Information

       Award Winners 2004 to 2017

Richard Woolger Cultivation Award

       Background Information

       Award Winner 2015 to 2017

Please help us find those deserving of recognition!

We encourage you to submit your nomination.

Please read the nomination guidelines, then send in your nomination by mail to:

NANPS Nomination Committee
PO Box 84, Station D
Toronto, ON M9A 4X1

or email your nomination to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Foreign weed on $20 Bill


The new Canadian $20 bill is appropriately adorned with symbols of Canada: Her Majesty the Queen, The Peace Tower, the Canadian flag and the Vimy Memorial.

But in a prominent position between the word “Canada” and the number “20”, highlighted by a transparent border, is the leaf of a nasty alien weed-tree, the Norway maple. This tree is taking over Canada’s woodlands and endangering Canadian native trees and flowers. (See CBC article.)

 20 dollar bill with maple design

Read more: Foreign weed on $20 Bill

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Plant Sale FAQ


Why does NANPS hold these sales?  
The sales are NANPS primary annual fundraiser.   They provide most of the funds needed to run the organization for the remainder of the year.  They also serve as an educational vehicle allowing NANPS to showcase hundreds of native species and to introduce thousands of native plants into GTA gardens.  Because we feel that it is important to help people choose the RIGHT plants for their location we have knowledgeable volunteers on hand to answer your questions. 

So wouldn't it be cheaper for me to buy my plants elsewhere?
Even though this is a fundraiser, our prices are very competitive.  Consider that when you buy from stores, it can be difficult to find out exactly where the plants came from. NANPS brings together plants from several LOCAL specialized growers so that you know they're suitable for planting in the GTA. By bringing together their inventories in one location you don't have to drive from nursery to nursery to find the plants you want. By buying from NANPS you're also supporting a great cause!

What happens if some of my pre-ordered plants don't arrive?
Despite our best efforts, there are always last-minute cancellations.  If we know a few days before the sale that some of your order won't be arriving, we will send you an email asking you to select alternatives.  Late cancellations will be posted on the entrance doors so you can peruse the sales floor for replacements before collecting the rest of your order.

Can I get a refund?
This is a charitable fundraiser.  We count on advance order sales to help us decide how many additional plants to bring for the sale.  In the unlikely event that a large portion of your order isn't available, and you really can't find any other plants at the sale that you'd enjoy having in your garden, we'd appreciate your accepting a charitable donation receipt in place of a refund.  

I'm new to native plants. How do I find out more?
You can spend some time browsing through our online database for information about individual species. The database is sortable by plant type, light, soil and habitat conditions.  If you still have questions feel free to ask any of our helpful volunteers at the sale. 

Where does NANPS get the plants offered at the sales?
NANPS has inspected and developed a relationship with many local, highly ethical, native plant nurseries.  We also accept plant donations from our members. Donated plants are sold at a special donations table.  If you have plants to donate please contact   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for details.

Why aren't all species available for advance ordering? 
Some species are only available in very small quantities from our growers.  Others are difficult to grow or are generally late to emerge in the spring.  Our growers are proud of their plants and generally refuse to ship plants that they aren't confident will survive.  Rather than disappointing you when you arrive to collect your order, these plants are only available on the sales floor (assuming they arrive at all). It's important to note, that while some species are only available on the sales floor, others are only available via advance ordering since they may have limited commercial appeal and we don't have the ability to hold over unsold plants for future sales.

Why do you charge a handling fee?
NANPS is a volunteer-operated society but assembling these orders often takes many hours, diverting our volunteers from other activities and sometimes necessitating working late into the night before the sale.  The small fee (less than taxes paid at retail outlets on most orders) goes toward providing refreshments for these hard working individuals and other incidental costs of providing this service.  

I'm not a member.  Can I still pre-order?
The plant sale is open to all, but only members can pre-order.  Simply join the Society when you place your order.  You'll be given that option after you finish selecting your plants.  Advance ordering is one of the benefits that we offer our members along with a 16-page quarterly newsletter, information sheets, and discounts to other NANPS activities like seminars and excursions.

Why do some plants seem small?
NANPS plants are grown by native plant nurseries which operate a bit differently from more commercial 
sources.  They are grown according to local conditions, not pushed along in heated greenhouses for earlier sale.  The majority of the plants are also grown from seed rather than being cloned or hybridized for standardized growth. As a result there can be considerable variability within a single species.  Perennials also emerge at different times. Some emerge later and may only be showing the beginnings of growth on the day of the sale.  Others may have already passed their peak. Spring Beauties (Claytonia), for example, usually have already bloomed and are entering dormancy by early May (for improved transplanting success). The few plants that are in full flower at our sale are usually snapped up quickly, but all the plants, given time, will eventually have their day.

How does NANPS benefit from my advance order?
By placing your order in advance, NANPS knows that these plants are guaranteed a home.  It also helps us to gauge which plants may be popular on the day of the sale so we have a better idea what to order from local growers.  Remember, we are not a full-time nursery and we don't have facilities to house plants leftover at the end of the day.  By ordering ahead of time, we know that your plants will be going to a good home!

How else can I help?
We always welcome volunteers!  Please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to offer your services for the plant sale or other activities.  You provide the enthusiasm.  NANPS provides the experience.


Dr. Dawn Bazely's Garlic Mustard Lecture

“Evil invader or just another immigrant looking to fit in?” by Dr. Dawn Bazely

Summary of notes from the North American Native Plant Society’s Dr. Barbara Fallis Lecture Series, March 4th, 2014, Lassonde Building, Room A, York University Keele Campus

Much of Dr. Bazely’s research on garlic mustard has been conducted in Point Pelee National Park and Rondeau Provincial Park.

First an overview on some biological principles worth mentioning. A non-indigenous species is one that has moved from one continent to another. Six species provide more than 80% of the total calories consumed by humans, either eaten directly or fed to animals: wheat, rice, maize, potatoes, sweet potatoes and manioc (taro). Most of the rest of the calories can be accounted for by sugar cane, sugar beets, common beans, soybeans, barley, sorghum, coconuts and bananas. Pimental et al. (2000) states that introduced crops and livestock provide 98% of the food in the U.S. See also Alfred W. Crosby’s book “Ecological Imperialism; the biological expansion of Europe: 900 – 1900”.

It is also important to remember that 99% of all species that have ever existed have gone extinct. Humans are primarily responsible for extinctions at present through 1. habitat destruction 2. habitat fragmentation 3. over-exploitation 4. introduced species 5. secondary effects also known as chains of extinction 6. pollution and 7. global climate change. Remember that lots of species have moved around but not all are invasive.

In Canada, most Canadians live within 100 miles of the U.S. border. The southernmost portion of southern Ontario is known as the Mixed Woods Plains Ecozone which includes the Carolinian zone. The Carolinian includes two interesting habitats: 1. closed-canopy deciduous forest and fire-dependent savanna (with black oak and red cedar). There are currently immense pressures on these ecosystems due to white-tailed deer which were measured at densities between 35 – 55 deer per sq. km. in the 1990s.

In parks where Dr. Bazely has conducted her research, non-native plants comprise 4-11% of the plant species composition in black oak savannas. Point Pelee N.P. spent $250,000 removing non-native plant species in the 1990s.

What does the research show about how garlic mustard is changing plant communities? First, garlic mustard likes disturbance. Dr. Bazely set out to study a major source of disturbance; deer browsing and its impact on forest communities. Deer are acting as a keystone herbivore as they browse the understorey and leave browse lines up to 2 m in height as they denude branches of trees and shrubs.   Densities of deer greater than 8-10 per sq. km. leads to a missing understorey and a more open habitat.

Dr. Bazely inherited two deer enclosures in Rondeau P.P. from another researcher. Deer enclosures demonstrate that a forest can recover with the elimination of deer. A study she conducted demonstrates that the height of white trillium flowers decreases with increased deer density and the percentage of plants that flower also decreases. Browse line also disappears.

Dr. Bazely set up permanent plots in some of the parks. She was interested in the role that deer were playing in the movement of garlic mustard. She found some evidence that deer management leads to a decline in garlic mustard density. In Point Pelee N.P. in 1996, 100% of her plots had garlic mustard within them yet by 2009 garlic mustard was missing from some of the plots. There had been a decline in garlic mustard. Interestingly, there was no difference in the number of species per plot between those plots with garlic mustard and those without, i.e the species diversity was not changing. Her conclusions indicate no long-term effect of garlic mustard on native plant species diversity.

Dr. Bazely also looked at the seedbank in these communities (i.e the natural storage of seeds, often dormant, within the soil of most ecosystems). There are far more seeds of ruderal or weedy species (including garlic mustard) in the soil than seeds of native plants. What is above ground doesn’t reflect what is below ground. Therefore short-term garlic mustard pulls are not particularly effective because of the massive seedbank. You would need to pull garlic mustard for at least six years straight in the same location to have an effect, but in the meantime what has been the effect of this pulling on the native plants?

Dr. Bazely also discussed the reported allelopathic properties (biological phenomenon by which an organism produces one or more biochemicals that influence the growth, survival, and reproduction of other organisms) of garlic mustard. These reports are inconclusive. Reports that garlic mustard negatively impacts the mycorrhizal fungi of neighbouring plants came from a study conducted in greenhouses by Dr. John Klironomos but Dr. Kristina Stinson could not duplicate this effect in field conditions.

Non-native earthworms may also be affecting forest ecosystems as they consume disproportionately large amounts of forest leaf litter leaving exposed mineral soil. Native spring ephemerals have a difficult time getting established on mineral soil without leaf litter.

In conclusion, garlic mustard is not evil incarnate but is a symptom of a disturbed forest ecosystem. Dr. Bazely is more concerned with dog-strangling vine. The choice as to whether to pull or not pull garlic mustard is difficult and Dr. Bazely has flip-flopped back and forth on the issue. Garlic mustard management on the whole is site specific and one should know the history of the site before decisions are made. In some cases, even prescribed burns may be a good management tool for garlic mustard.  

The Ontario Invasive Plant Council is currently seeking funding to develop simple measurements every landowner can use to assess whether they need to actively get rid of garlic mustard. She also encouraged landowners to contact her if they would be interested in having her lab use their property as part of her seedbank and garlic mustard research.

Richard Woolger Cultivation Award

The Richard Woolger Cultivation Award honours the legacy of a long-time contributor to our society and a former board member. As a talented propagator of native plants, he was able to supply to various local projects as well as the NANPS annual native plant sale. After his death in May 2013, the woodland section at our sale appeared greatly diminished without the many varieties of lush ferns and often rare, woodland species that he had always provided.

This award looks to celebrate Richard’s contribution to the native plant movement by encouraging and celebrating growers who also demonstrate that special passion and devotion to the growing, restoring and promoting of native plants.

This award will

• recognize those individuals who demonstrate a special gift for propagation and restoration work, either as a professional or as a backyard gardener

• salute those who strive to spread local native plant genetics throughout their communities

• acknowledge those who by way of landscaping endeavours are able to restore and support sustainable native plant habitats.

Application Process

Nominations for the award may be made by any member of the North American Native Plant Society.

Submissions should include a short written description or 'profile' of the nominee, their accomplishments and rationale for the nomination. Photos are always appreciated.

Nominees do not need to be members of NANPS.

Current NANPS Directors are not eligible for the Award.

Official presentation of the award is made at the NANPS Annual General Meeting. Selected entries will be posted on the NANPS website and in our quarterly newsletter, The Blazing Star.

Please submit nominations by September 1st to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

2017 Karen Boniface

2016 Alexandrina Canto Thaler

2015 Anne Butt 
for her dedicated contributions over a number of years to various activities including plant sale, newsletter mailing, seed packaging and sharing her knowledge with the public

        Peter Kelly, was our first Executive Director ( a part time position), who followed up  as a volunteer in the same position for the year 2014- 2015.

2014 Rolf Struthers  for his outstanding job in processing memberships and maintaining the NANPS membership base.

        Vivienne Denton for her ongoing contributions to the society and in particular her contributions to the NANPS seed exchange.

2013 Irene Fedun, who has consistently done an excellent and thorough job as editor of The Blazing Star as well as being a long-time contributor and asset to the organization.

2012 Stacey Shannon and Sue Wells, for their excellent and continuing work to provide refreshments at the NANPS AGM and other events. (The Board voted with their stomachs!)

2011 Linda Read. Linda has worked tirelessln on restoration projects, particularly our flagship conservation property, Shining Tree Woods. A fabulous nature photographer she has provided many photos to NANPS and other environmental organizations

2010  Mary and Clive Clark. Among NANPS earliest members and tireless volunteers in countless capacities.   Thank you both for 25 years of service to NANPS!

2009  Janet Harrison and Charles Iscove.  Creators and managers of NANPS e-newsletter:  The Local Scoop.  Each issue of the Scoop comes as a surprise to even NANPS Directors...sometimes controversial, always entertaining!  To receive your copy, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2008   Alice Kong.  Plant Sale & Volunteer Coordinator.  Alice continues to coordinate NANPS annual native plant sale, Canada's largest, and a crucial component of our annual fundraising efforts.

2007  Kathy Edgar.  Creator of NANPS original plants database.  A fantastic addition to the sale, the database is used to create printed handbooks of the specific species available at the sale and for online advance sales. Kathy joined NANPS Board from 2002-2004 in order to apply her excellent organizational and accounting knowledge to our administration processes.

2006  Janet MacKenzie Cohen. Janet stepped up to the plate in the final inning and coordinated a slate of volunteers for a 5 day exhibition at Toronto's annual Canada Blooms exhibit.  She also was a crucial contributor to the quarterly mailings of the Blazing Star newsletter for many years.

2005  Tom Atkinson.  Tom, a past-President of NANPS, in addition to his many years promoting native trees and shrubs, has worked tirelessly on NANPS Land Management and Website Committees.  

2004 Monica Dennis.  NANPS first "Volunteer of the Year", Monica has been the face of Trees & Shrubs, along with Past-President Tom Atkinson, at NANPS Plant Sale for many years.  Monica is a long time member of the Plant Sale organizing committee and provides much of the photography and design used in NANPS publications, flyers, and events.

NANPS Founders Conservation Award Winners




Mesa Community College - Red Mountain Campus

Located in Mesa Arizona, the Red Mountain Campus was constructed with minimal disturbance to surrounding desert habitats.  From the outset, the ecological imprint of the buildings was kept small. After construction, disturbed areas were planted with native species and signage was installed to educate visitors on the importance of these plants. A cienega (or desert spring or marshy area) was also planted in the center of campus. Even the buildings are named after native desert plants! View the following thank you from Red Mountain Campus:


Carole Sevilla Browne

As a managing editor and creator of web sites, workshops, and team blogs that promote Ecosystem Gardening, Carole has made significant and valuable contributions to the education and understanding of the importance for stewarding and wildscaping of residential properties.

Bill and Louise Ford

Bill and Louise Ford for their restoration of open wetland in which endangered flora and fauna now flourish, and in recognition of the tremendous  work and planning that went into protecting the natural heritage of the area.


Sharon Keogh and David Acomba

Sharon Keogh and David Acomba for their instrumental role in the restoration and stewardship of the historical Ontario landscape of Mount Ararat overlooking Rice Lake, providing an important link to Catharine Parr Traill's literary legacy and invaluable record of native flora in the 1800s.

Bronx River Alliance

Bronx River Alliance for its ongoing commitment and activities to restore native plant habitat along the Bronx River and its 23 mile Greenway corridor.  The Bronx River, once plagued by pollution and neglect, now provides New York city residents continuous access and new opportunities to rediscover their river. (YouTube video)


The Meduxnekeag River Association

The Meduxnekeag River Association, Woodstock, New Brunswick was honoured for the preservation of 53 hectares (over 132 acres) of watershed lands, their educational and advocacy work, and their current project restoring the Red Bridge gravel pit.

Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy

Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy for their work to maintain and manage a system of nature reserves on the Niagara Escarpment including the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. They have been highly successful in this endeavour preserving almost 3,300 hectares (8,151 acres) in 102 reserves to date.

High Park Stewardship Program and High Park Nature

High Park Stewardship Program and High Park Nature for supporting Toronto's efforts to maintain the health and sustainability of the city's west-end 54 hectare (135 acre) park, control invasive plants and restore the black oak (Quercus velutina) savannah.


The Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians for its instrumental role in raising public awareness about water conservation through the Blue Planet Project.

The Town of Markham 

The Town of Markham for its commitment to preserve, restore and expand native habitats through its Trees for Tomorrow program and through policies promoting woodlot preservation, public planting s and wildflower gardening.


LEAF, Local Enhancement and Apprecation of Forests, for its important work promoting the planting and protection of native trees and shrubs in backyard habitats, thereby supporting biodiversity for all living things within the urban ecosystem.


Friends of Ojibway Prairie for the Ojibway Prairie

Nancy Pancheshan, president of Friends of Ojibway Prairie for the  Ojibway Prairie Complex in Windsor acepted the award on behalf of the Friends

Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team

Andrew MacDougall from the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team accepted this award for the group's work to  save this important endangered west coast habitat.

Walpole Island Heritage Centre

Walpole Island Heritage Centre


Ontario Vernal Pools Society

Scott Samson accepted on behalf of the Ontario Vernal Pools Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving ephemeral wetland ecosystems.


Emily J. Alfred for  RiverSides, another environmental non-governmental organization, which is doing work protecting our waterways. 


Paul O'Hara

Richard Woolger

Naturalized Habitat Network

Paul O'Hara- botanist, landscape designer and owner of Blue Oak Native Landscapes, for his advocacy of native flora and for inspiring our spiritual connection to nature by urging that we 'listen to the land'.

Richard Woolger- for his dedication and innovation in propagating native ferns and other woodland species.

Naturalized Habitat Network- a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to establishing and nurturing wildlife habitat in Essex County and Windsor, for encouraging the use of native plants and other environmentally sustainable practices within home landscapes.

2004 The Algonquin to Adirondack
Conservation Association: A2A

A2A is an international landscape initiative, extending from and including Algonquin Park in the north to Adirondack State Park in New York State, the two largest parks in eastern North America. In the A2A area the greatest biodiversity of plant species in Canada can be found, which in turn support wide a diversity of animal species.

A2A is a bold vision. . . A vision of ecological linkages in the natural landscapes, which come about, not by creating parkland and reserves, but through local land owner initiatives and community partnerships.

Our motto is "Connect with Respect" - which derives from our vision of working with private landowners, who own about 60% of the land in the A2A region. We partner with a wide range of groups, which we enable to do conservation work to enhance and protect wildlife habitat.

2003 Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition: STORM

Other winners for 2003:
Mathis Natvik
Carolyn King


Debbe Crandall accepted the award on behalf of STORM.

Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition (STORM) is a coalition of 25 citizens' groups and individuals whose focus of concern is preserving the ecological integrity of the Oak Ridges Moraine. founded in October 1989.

One of Ontario's largest moraines, the Oak Ridges Moraine extends 160 kilometres from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to the Trent River system in the east, and is on average 13 kilometres wide. The Moraine stands out as one of the most distinct landscapes of southern Ontario.

Recognizing the problems presented by multi-jurisdictional governance (26 area municipalities and nine regional and county upper-tier municipalities) along its 160-kilometre length, STORM's major goals were to seek legislated protection for the Moraine and ecosystem-based land-use planning that acknowledged the fragility of watersheds and headwaters regions.

In the process of working cooperatively, STORM and its member groups have established a relationship of mutual support and the sharing of information and resources that has been applied at both the local and regional levels. STORM participates in environmental, land use planning and policy issues and acts to safeguard the Moraine from inappropriate development which would have profound cumulative and irreversible impacts.

STORM Coalition is committed to continuing its advocacy work to ensure that the entire 160-kilometre Moraine is protected in perpetuity through strict implementation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan policies.

2002 The Cascades Conservation

The Cascades Conservation Partnership, a coalition of the Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, NW Ecosystem Alliance, The Seattle Audubon Society, Pacific Crest Biodiversity Project, The Alpine Lakes Protection Society, and the Washington Trails Association, was formed the to purchase 75,000 acres of checkerboard timberlands. This land, presently owned by private logging companies, contains almost all of the old-growth forest still in private hands in this area of the Northwest. Some of these trees are over 800 years old, a truly irreplaceable resource. Land purchased by the Partnership is donated to the United States National Forest under various designations that will restrict logging and development.

Populations of rare species being protected under this plan include: Clustered lady’s-slipper, Mountain lady’s–slipper, Silene seelyi, Fuzzytongue penstemon, Thompson's chaenactis, Victorin's Grape Fern, Western ladies tresses, and little grape fern.

The Partnership has also teamed with the Washington Native Plant Society to lead hikes into the lands for the purposes of public education and of expanding botanical lists of the properties.

Since May 2000, the Partnership has purchased approximately 18,500 acres in the Central Cascades by raising over $44 million.

2001 Peter Carson
Mary Gartshore
Peter and Mary are well known in the Ontario conservation movement. In addition to their many many accomplishments and involvement in countless organizations and initiatives, they operate one of Ontario's finest native plant nurseries, Pterophylla, and are restoring a 24 hectare prairie near Walsingham, Ontario.

2000 Nelson Maher Nelson Maher has inspired many people with his extensive knowledge of the ferns of Ontario, and has shared his wisdom through publications and as a regular nature walk leader. He has been the catalyst for Grey-Bruce County in Ontario becoming known as a centre of fern biodiversity and hence a destination for ecotourism.

1997 Larry Laws
Andy and Sally Wasowski
Chris Czajowski
Prairie Restoration

1996 Norris Denman For his decade of outstanding writing in Wildflower magazine. His unique blend of solid science and folksy style have made Norris one of Wildflower's most popular writers.
Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society In Victoria B.C. for their successful efforts to educate the public and preserve Garry Oak habitat on Vancouver Island
City of Windsor, N.S. For their exemplar work in the regreening of public and private property, and school grounds, with native plants, using an ecosystem community involvement approach.

1995 Rosemary Gaymer
Sue Meades
City of Toronto Parks Department

1994 Jim Rainer
Doug Larson
Rouge Valley Association

1993 Lorrie Otto
Phillip Fry

1992 Manitoba Naturalist Society
Alex Wilson
Bill Granger


1991 Bernard Jackson
Perry Peskin
John Ambrose

1989 Jack Sanders
Donald and Joan Gunn

1988 Allan Anderson
Robert Dorney
Irene Smith
Living Prairie Museum

1987    Joan Ward-Harris
Dora Howarth
Katherine Dunster
Dr. Lillian Langstaff Park
Tom MacMillan
parks advocate