Rebuilding North America's ecosystems is a daunting task and will require the combined efforts of every individual and organization possible.  If you have an event, seminar, conference, planting, plant rescue or other activity related to native plants, please let NANPS help you to promote it.  

Organizers are urged to contact our newsletter editor (at least 3 months in advance) and to post their items on NANPS calendar.

NANPS activities are also posted on links from our home page. 

Let's grow together! 

Homegrown National Park

On Wednesday, June 26 the David Suzuki Foundation, along with several partners including Fort York National Historic Site and Toronto and Region Conservation, will be holding aHomegrown National Park event at Fort York. Admission is free and the event will run, rain or shine, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. 

At 7:00 PM we will be presenting the Gardening with Native Plants workshop in the Blue Bunker. Visit to register. We'll have great resources, door prizes, and local, native tallgrass prairie seeds to help start your garden. Canoe garden design

At 8:00 PM the unveiling of the Flagship Community Canoe container garden sponsored by North American Native Plant Society will be unveiled. This project encourages residents to plant native plants for pollinator habitat throughout the Homegrown National Park. Throughout the event there will be food trucks, local beer, and a campfire. 

Read more: Homegrown National Park

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.

Markham Pond Planting Diagram


Read more: Markham Pond Planting

NANPS Annual Spring Native Plant Sales


Saturday May 13, 2017,  noon to 3:00 pm
Markham Civic Centre 
101 Town Centre Boulevard, Atrium 
Markham Ont. L3R 9W3
 (N of Hwy 7, W of Warden Ave.)



East End
Saturday May 20, 2017,  11 am to 4 pm
Artisans at Work
2071 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON M4C 1J6
(Woodbine subway station)

 West End
Sunday May 28, 2017, noon to 4 pm
Christie Pits
750 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON M6G 3K4
(Christie subway station)
see the plant list here

Check out the Markham plant sale flyer and the Toronto plant sales flyer


 All our plants are neonicotinoid free. 


 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 sale?
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.











2012 Members Challenge

is 2012 Volunteer Hours!  We know everyone leads busy lives these days, and not everyone has time to participate, so this challenge has set the bar very very low.  Please don't disappoint us!  If you can spend even an hour or two sometime over the year working to promote native plants or to help stop invasive plants from spreading, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your hours at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Will you help NANPS achieve its goal this year?  Check out volunteer opportunities with NANPS or join a restoration project near you.  Every native species you protect, every invasive species you remove, helps NANPS, helps the country, helps the planet, helps you!

Volunteer Hour Leaders  (excluding NANPS hard-working Board of course...otherwise this goal would already have been achieved!)  If we’ve missed your name, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to shake our tree!  


Sapling Shrub Sylvan

(under 20)

(20-50) (51-100) (over 100)

Tom Atkinson
Netonia Brenan
Patricia Baldwin
Maria Kasstan
Barrie Gray
Henny Markus
Clive Clark
Mary Clark
Kelly Nesbitt
Susan Morley
Ian Payne
Vicki Reynolds



Gerry Stephenson
Patricia Mohr

Monica Dennis

Heidi Eisenhauer
Deborah Dale



Native Plant Event Calendar