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  • July 2009 – The Local Scoop – Summer Fixin’s Issue | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    gracefully but movements actually connect with something more tangible than thin air Like Yoga the positions e g the alternate leaved dogwood for those in the know Cornus alternifolia lots of stretching particularly of both arms good breathing technique promotes a healthier lifestyle enhances the spiritual connection with nature Like Twister the full body board game but solo with arms and legs intertwined a good test of balance and co ordination Is it a sport or is it an activity You be the judge Depending on the participant s commitment effort and sweat it could range from a mild activity hobby art to an Olympic status sport think iron man woman weed competitions The Garlic Mustard Pull incorporates a full body workout and encourages the use of all muscles even those you never knew existed gluteus maximus anyone But if the Garlic Mustard Pull is not your speed or you would like a change up then perhaps The Periwinkle Smother may be of interest It is a relatively new sport but guarantees a certain level of satisfaction in the accomplishment Also it may be of particular interest for Toronto minus Etobicoke residents who are looking for a place to unload their stockpiled corrugated cardboard and newspapers We can put the recyclables to good use by smothering the Vinca invasion originating from neighbouring yards Why pay for a club membership at a local gym when you can get a great workout through the NANPS network Where else could you get a free workout in a spa like setting No hidden fees or fly by night operators we only pull by day Charlie Clifford Memorial Park is located in the semi wilds of Thornhill a rustic spa like setting with nature all around yet close to everything an urbanite needs All activity levels from beginner to advanced will benefit under the guidance of Greg Hagan Master Puller and Smother Brother who will guide you through the steps at your own pace All age groups can participate This is not an activity just for younger adults but the young at heart who want to keep active or maintain a certain level of activity Like the NANPS annual plant sale the Garlic Mustard Pull Periwinkle Smother has many benefits by helping a good cause i e NANPS in promoting its mandate through restoration and by helping the local community and wildlife Can t think of anything to do this summer Don t get your knickers in a knotwood Come out and pull for a good cause REMINDER Annual Awards deadline looming NANPS Native Plant Garden Restoration Award honours those members projects that celebrate diversity and best reflect our mandate to study conserve cultivate and restore North America s native flora e g urban suburban rural creating habitat for insects and birds Deadline for submissions is July 31st Upcoming Calendar Events check our website for updates under events Saturday July 18 11 a m 1 30 p m Nature Walk Bugs by the Bushel The

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  • June 2009 – The Local Scoop – Dip into summer issue | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    recently adopted an entire park with native plants Now that is ambitious Greg Hagan has recently adopted Charlie Clifford Memorial Park in Thornhill a beautiful treed natural area with trilliums bloodroot and ostrich ferns This is a great site for future housing of woodland native plant refugees but for the presence of the highly pervasive garlic mustard If you have a hunger to partake in and witness the demise of invasive non native species we need your assistance to help pull garlic mustard plants before they go to seed and further infest the park If you have a hunger for exotic salad it s BYOB bring your own bag Please let Greg know if you can attend 905 472 4258 by Friday June 12th and then join him on Sunday at the park located in the N W Bayview Steeles Ave area The walkway entrance is between 51 55 Sprucewood Dr north of Proctor Ave west of Bayview Ave Bring garden gloves insect repellent and your contempt for garlic mustard We guarantee a plucking good time There will be future culls and site preparation stay tuned Leslieville Tree Festival Leslie Grove Park Saturday June 20 12 to 5 p m The LEAF inspired annual celebration runs in its 5th incarnation featuring a walking tour tree planting native plant sale fresh organic food organic garden seminar educational displays from environmental groups kids activities etc NANPS has a table of plant delicacies leftovers from our annual plant sale Markham Green Neighbourhoods workshop Designing Beautiful Gardens with Native Plants Markham Village Library Tuesday June 23 2009 7 to 9 p m Learn how to take care of your lawn and garden the natural way grazing optional Check the NANPS Calendar for August and September workshop dates Tour of Pomona Mills Park Ukrainian Church Dinner Thornhill Thursday June 25 6 to 7 30 p m Near Charlie Clifford Memorial Park but north of John St is Pomona Mills Park The Pomona Mills Park Conservationists have been actively protecting and restoring Pomona Mills Park for the past 10 years Meet the members of this group at 6 00 p m park at the end of Church Street take a tour of the park you may want to bring bug repellent and then enjoy an authentic Ukrainian Church Dinner at 7 00 p m There is no charge for the tour however a donation to the Conservationists would be welcomed You would pay for your dinner directly at the church Please contact Karen Boniface directly at kboniface markham ca by Monday June 22 if you plan to attend We need to alert the church ladies and conservationists of the impending horde of hungry Nanpsians ready to devour every pyrogy on site Leftovers from the NANPS annual plant sale might be available Church site Hall of St Volodymyr Ukrainian Church 15 Church Lane first north street on John Street east of Yonge Street Thornhill Ontario From 4 30 to 7 30 p m we will go to

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  • May 2009 – The Local Scoop – A JEWEL OF A SALE | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    the coming of spring or fall flare ups particularly in the spring Earth Day the introduction of the HRTC might be an anomaly moving to a new property and the sight of bare patches existing on a property It culminates in the urge to go on a spending spree every year prior to Mother s Day Guilt complex This year it happens to coincide with the new moon on May 9th Symptoms various but with one constant sign an urge to buy native plants and with a predilection for acquiring certain types of plants to thrive in environments depending on species light levels moisture regimes and soil type Conspiracy theories run the gamut here This condition has probably always been around forever but just mislabeled Society has tried to cover it up by labeling it as the 7 year itch for example The cardinal flower has about a 7 year life span could it be a cycle where every 7 years the urge to buy and plant cardinal plants takes effect Mid life crisis wasted half a lifetime and are just discovering the joys of planting natives now There are others afflictions such as hair loss Not the type due to heredity receiving a bad haircut or correcting it later but that which is self inflicted i e pulling one s hair out when native plants cannot be readily acquired How about flat feet over pronation fallen arches due to covering endless miles searching for native plants or standing on tippy toes in an effort to spot those elusive native plants in garden centres That s only the tip of the iceberg Treatment there is no cure for this chronic condition but it can be easily controlled with a very simple but effective remedy visiting the NANPS annual clinic for assessment and treatment NANPS trained technicians will guide you through the proper treatment i e choosing plants for infill projects for your particular garden conditions This year s clinic is held at the Markham Civic Centre on May 9th Please tell your family friends and neighbours that they can get treatment next weekend individual s reactions may vary It is nothing of which to be ashamed This is something you can not only live with but thrive with Lost but Found I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree A tree whose form was duly captured In a book the owner so enraptured At TBG in talk of trees And abandoned the book R C Hosie s The Trees of Canada a mighty tome A personal copy far from home Surely missed and most desired A wealth of knowledge to be acquired Poems are made by Fool s parsley But only you can solve this mystery Aethusa cynapium an introduced species Apologies to Joyce Kilmer but it would be pure poetry if we could find the rightful owner of the book A copy of The Trees of Canada by R C Hosie was abandoned at

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  • April 2009 – The Local Scoop – News for the botanically bent | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    2009 Holy Prairie Smoke It s been one whole year since The Scoop started dishin the dirt In celebration the Scoop will dig up ten coupons worth 5 each and plant them in the hands of the winning authors of this year s ten most convincing arguments about why everyone should go to the plant sale It s a contest of skill and timing Winners will be announced in the May Scoop and coupons will be honoured at the May plant sale All details on the Contest Site Get your creative juices flowing but nothing too sappy please MEMORIES OF NANPS No we have not partnered with Loblaw s Geeky Weston on the next Insiders Report Our 25th Anniversary is fast approaching and we need fodder plant fodder photo fodder all manner of material to celebrate our silver maple anniversary There must be some NANPSters out there with great photos of excursions rescues plantings etc and or the tales to go with them What has NANPS CWS meant to you over the years How have native plants helped you How have you helped the native plant movement Just open up and pour it on email nanps Let s celebrate our history while looking ahead to the future REWARD OFFERED Reward miles Reward Plans NANPS has em beat We have our own priceless Reward Program with three types of awards offered 1 The Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Award recognizes an individual or groups extraordinary contribution to the conservation protection or restoration of the natural heritage native flora of North America at the community regional provincial national or continental level Note deadline to submit has been extended from April 1 to June 1 2 Native Plant Garden Restoration Award honours those members projects that celebrate diversity and best reflect our mandate to study conserve cultivate and restore North America s native flora Deadline for submissions is July 31st 3 Volunteer of the Year Award Surely with all of our dedicated volunteers there must be a NANPSter out there to honour Perhaps someone who helped out at the Speaker s Series or one of those Darling Buds of May who have helped out at the plant sales Best in Show Deadline for submissions is TBD Send all nominations to nanps nanps org Disclaimer The Board reserves the right on the final selection of all Award winners PLEASE VISIT www nanps org for details on the Speakers Series and everything NANPS You have been sent this message because you are a current NANPS member or perhaps you were a member in your past life We do not trade or sell any of the information collected we just plant you in our database and send email blasts to keep you informed of all NANPS events Please email scoop nanps org if you would like to change your e mail address in our database If you would prefer not to receive news about NANPS in the future we ll try not to appear offended You may

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  • March 2009 – The Local Scoop – St. Patrick’s Green Growers’ Edition | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    is only due to the graces of Patty O Harold and his Dogwood Band who waved a staff of goldenrod over the fields of The Greater Toronto Horseshoe and separated the Great Lakes wheatgrass Elymus lanceolatus from the chaff to reveal a most worthy replacement speaker Dr Nina K O Barabas And the luck of the Irish was with us our lovely lass will cover a similar topic Raise a glass of Guinness or Irish Whiskey and kiss the Blarney Stone to our good fortune As we say at NANPS the show must grow on Native Trees of Southern Ontario by Todd Irvine Tuesday April 7 2009 With an arborists eye Todd winds his way with us through a forest of photos of native trees of Southern Ontario including the towering white pine iconic sugar maple and stately red oak He will provide helpful tree identification tips discuss basic tree physiology and share some personal anecdotes Presenter Todd is an arborist and Education Coordinator for LEAF He lectures passionately about trees leads tree care workshops and tree tours in Toronto Todd is founding editor and Green Space columnist for Spacing Magazine the 2007 National Magazine Award winner for best editorial package Plant Sale NANPS Annual Plant Sale Saturday May 9th Markham Civic Centre Forbs grasses woodies and ferns hundreds of books free talks and free parking Volunteers are always needed and appreciated volunteer nanps org Online ordering coming soon Free talking Speakers 11 00 a m Mathis Natvik Native Plants in Urban Environments from Green Roofs to Living Walls 12 15 p m Sheila Colla York U The Plight of the Bumblebee How You and Your Garden Can Help 1 30 p m Karen Boniface Town of Markham Tree Strategies for a Greener Community NANPS Health Service Announcement Good readers while we know you are sharp as a whip nutrush Scleria triglomerata The Scoop has unearthed a way to protect that active mind of yours by working the other part of the brain that is not used in our analytical world The art of biological illustration melds science with the esthetic value of plants A number of Nanpsters have taken courses to broaden their appreciation of all plants with the intent to capture the image of native plants in their garden through the eyes of an illustrator rather than through a lens Instructor Nellie Sue Potter is an artist teacher avid gardener and Chair of The Botanical Artists of Canada with a mission to help people appreciate the beauty of nature Explore her upcoming workshops Botanical Art 101 Focus on the beauty of natural botanical forms as you refine your drawing skills Tuesdays 10 a m to 12 30 p m April 21 to June 16 at Swansea Town Hall 95 Lavinia Ave Botanical Art with Coloured Pencils Tuesday afternoons 1 p m to 3 30 p m April 21 to June 16 at Swansea Town Hall and Saturdays April 25 to June 6 at the ROM PLEASE VISIT www

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  • February 2009 – The Local Scoop | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    for clay sandy soil wet sites and shady gardens are highlighted in this outstanding presentation There once was a gardener named Deb Whose front yard was native instead TOO TALL Said The City And did something sh ty By cutting it down to the bed While The Scoop strives to wax eloquently in this day and age of rapidly changing technology of butchered language via emails crack berry messaging please do not hold us to our usual lofty standards when our members good works are still at risk of destruction by City sanctioned acts of vandalism Hopefully you will understand if we employ a harsher tone in such circumstances If you are offended feel free to substitute dim witty nit witty or another appropriate phrase Better yet if you haven t done so already please visit our website and sign the on going petition to grow native plants without harassment It s almost Spring and with the growing season just around the corner it s never too late to let your friends and neighbours know that you can fight City Hall Don t give The City a chance to substitute yet another name in place of Deb or Sandy or Doug or And speaking of almost Spring That can only mean one thing PRE ORDERING FOR THE NANPS ANNUAL PLANT SALE WATCH THE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES NANPS Annual Fundraising Native Plant Sale Markham Civic Centre Atrium Saturday May 9 2009 10 a m 3 p m Of interest to members who follow pollinator news Sheila Colla a PhD student working with Dr Laurence Packer The Bee Man at York University is confirmed to speak at 12 30 p m on the decline of native bees and what we can do to help www savethebumblebees com Volunteer members are still needed to receive and sort orders Friday night beginning around 4 p m On Saturday the jobs include carpoolers greeters plant sellers and clean up crew Leave a message at volunteer nanps org any amount of time that you can spare is most appreciated A big thank you to all our previous years volunteers as they are the heart and soul of our sale NEXT WEEK Join NANPS at the Toronto Botanical Garden Saturday February 21 2009 10 a m to 4 p m Interested in volunteering at this event Please email presidentmh nanps org for more information Pssst Seedy Saturday is moving to a new venue this year Artscape Wychwood Barns Barn 2 601 Christie St Saturday February 28 2009 2 00 p m to 6 00 p m For more information visit http www tcgn ca PLEASE VISIT www nanps org for details on the Speakers Series and everything NANPS You have been sent this message because you are a current or a past member of NANPS We do not trade or sell any of the information collected we just plant it in our database and send email blasts to keep you informed of all NANPS events If you

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  • January 2009 – The Local Scoop | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    are red Violets are blue Please let them be native All others eschew Does it look as if your Valentine s plans will fizzle out Do you feel your Valentine has forsaken you Don t despair We at The Local Scoop love happy endings and understand that your garden is your real true love After all your garden has been with you through thick and thin through changing seasons and life and death cycles So quit pining with heavy heart for your beloved s spring return and banish those post Valentine s Day blues by letting our two entertaining speakers woo you with tales about gardening trends past and present ENEWS ALERT NANPS is exhibiting at the Guelph Organic Conference January 24 25 www guelphorganicconf ca We will be occupying booth 118 in the Central Auditorium basement of Peter Clark Hall If you wish to volunteer please email Harold Smith at presidenths nanps org PLEASE VISIT www nanps org for details on the Speakers Series and everything NANPS You have been sent this message because you are a current or a past member of NANPS We do not trade or sell any of the information collected we just plant it in our database and send email blasts to keep you informed of all NANPS events If you would prefer not to receive news about NANPS in the future or if you would like to change your e mail address in our database please email scoop nanps org Alternatively you may unsubscribe from future mailings by replying to this message with the words remove me in the subject line and we will take you off our list immediately back to top Social Scoop Subscribe The Local Scoop e newsletter along with the Scoop website calendar is a leading source of information

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  • December 2008 – The Local Scoop | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    Speakers Series coming in the new year Tuesday January 13 2009 The Importance of Bees with Dr Laurence Packer There are 20 000 species of bees in the world and their biology is very diverse Bees are responsible for approximately 25 of our food so understanding them is vital Dr Packer will dispel many generalizations about bees and explain why they are important organisms for monitoring the environment Dr Packer is a Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at York University researching bee systematics and taxonomy conservation genetics sociobiology and biodiversity NANPS Year End Stuff Folks it is that time of year again Tis the season to be giving Feedback from the Fall Seed Exchange was a little sparse The Scoop implores all of you seedy characters out there to dig into your coveted supply of native plant seeds and donate them so that the Spring listing isn t a washout The Ruth Howard team would be most appreciative if you could label each individual package and include on a separate sheet the seed list and donor information Feel free to drop off donations at any of the upcoming Speakers Series And while you are in the donating mood NANPS is a non profit charitable organization that will gratefully accept your donations and issue yew a Taxus canadensis receipt Save 5 years of receipts send them off to Revenue Canada with your income tax forms and get a bigger bang for your buckeye Visit www nanps org for more information about upcoming Speakers and The Seed Exchange You have been sent this message because you are a current or a past member of NANPS If you would prefer not to receive news about NANPS in the future or if you would like to change your e mail address in our

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