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  • November 2014 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    save on postage If you can t travel to the AGM bundle your little beauties and pop them in the mail Yes postal rates have increased but it s not as if you are sending coconuts they re not native You get our drift NANPS at EcoFair 2014 Sunday November 23 2014 12 4 p m Wychwood Barns 76 Wychwood Ave Toronto Hosts Volunteers from Green Neighbours 21 Transition Toronto the Wychwood Barns Community Association The EcoFair is a free fun family oriented event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities NANPS needs some help Please contact volunteer nanps org to sign up or to ask for more information Facebook event Barbara Fallis Memorial Lecture Series Thursdays February and March 19th 2015 Experience Utopia or as close as you can get A Public Evening of Science and Stewardship on the Minesing Wetlands Thursday November 13 2014 6 30 9 30 p m Tiffin Centre for Conservation 8195 8th Line Utopia Local experts will discuss the ecology hydrogeology and forest health of the Minesing Wetlands one of the largest intact wetlands in southern Ontario 10 suggested donation And for something completely different Engaging In Between Spaces Toronto s First Summit on Laneways Thursday November 20 2014 6 10 p m The Great Hall 1087 Queen St W Toronto Toronto has more than 2400 publicly owned laneways Often under used deteriorating and viewed as unsafe these in between spaces have the potential to become an integral part of our public realm Five speakers will give short presentations on the potential of our city s laneways How we can transform our laneways into more vibrant safe and people friendly spaces laneways as transportation corridors green infrastructure and community gathering spaces and the cultural and economic potential of laneways It s not necessarily Wildflowers but at least it s still wild Hess Lecture Weekend Get Wild Friday November 21 2014 8 10 p m Royal Ontario Museum main galleries 100 Queen s Pk Toronto Host ROM The weekly Friday Night Live includes a A book signing by the four co authors of the new ROM Field Guide to the Butterflies of Ontario This is your chance to meet and mingle with Peter Hall Colin Jones Antonia Guidotti and Brad Hubley and b a first peek at the new Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery featuring many stunning images Adults only Friday Night Live is a ROM pub night All galleries are open and drinks may be purchased 12 Fourth Annual Quimby F Hess Lecture The Importance of Insect Conservation Saturday November 22 2014 1 30 2 45 p m Royal Ontario Museum 100 Queen s Pk Toronto Enter through the group entrance off of Queen s Park at the south end of the museum Host Toronto Entomologists Association TEA Speaker Georges Brossard founder of the Montreal Insectarium host for the Insectia and The Bug Man series broadcast on the Discovery Channel Free but advanced registration required The

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  • September 2014 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    in the city s downtown west end Wychwood Barns EcoFair Saturday November 23 2014 12 4 p m Artscape Wychwood Barns 601 Christie St Toronto A fun family oriented event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities NANPS will have a community event booth The event is on Facebook NANPS Bookstore Coordinator NANPS hosts an online bookstore We d like to update it and find a new source for purchasing books Join our communications team to help update the bookstore NANPS Membership Offer hurry it ends soon Join the North American Native Plant Society between now and October 1st and receive the Fall Issue of our publication The Blazing Star on top of your 2015 membership Survey Says The City of Toronto s Parks Forestry and Recreation Division is conducting a Parks User Survey to better understand how people use Toronto s parks The online survey will be available until September 30th If you are interested in contributing your thoughts take a minute to fill out the survey and please pass it on to others who use Toronto s parks Acorus Restoration Native Plant Nursery has been sold The farm was officially sold to an organic popcorn farmer on September 24th All of the plants and equipment for the nursery will be sold at auction The business is still for sale but there is a buyer interested in carrying forward Paul will keep us informed It s sad to see a native plant nursery plowed under but we can only hope Acorus will live on in some way October 4 Old Fashioned WORK PARTY to get ready for the auction Food and Party in the yurt after Come have a final look at all the work they have done over the last 20 years of stewarding the land October 13 10 a m AUCTION All items from the nursery plants and equipment farm office barn and house will be auctioned October 25 26 PLANT RESCUE PARTY Since all the fields will be tilled for organic popcorn production all rare plants can be salvaged from the seed rows and prairie restorations Sleep in the house party in the evening and take home your treasures Gorilla Gardening Encouraged Give Paul s babies a home Read More Spare the Rod Spoil the Goldenrod It happens every year and it s that time of year again The fall asters are in bloom and the brilliant yellows of goldenrod attract attention But it s a sad state of affairs when even your mother blames goldenrod as the culprit of many sufferers allergic reactions We all know that the less conspicuous aster ragweed is the real suspect Light weight pollen makes dispersal by wind a breeze for ragweed while goldenrod relies on insects to move its sticky heavy pollen Yet the myth survives So stand up for goldenrod and let it be known that ragweed is the most likely suspect in the annual sneezefest Feel free to plant goldenrod

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  • August 2014 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    the Waterloo Wellington Wildflower Society and editor of its newsletter called The Dogtooth Darcie is involved in co creative gardening a la Michaelle Wright Perelandra Centre for Nature Research Photo by Darcie McKelvey The NANPS Awards Nominate Someone Today Not much time to get your nominations in to NANPS by September 1st or thereabouts The NANPS Founders 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 The North American Native Plant Society recognizes that this can take many forms and therefore accomplishments honoured may include or be related to associated fields such as art science education photography literature politics or cultivation The Richard Woolger Cultivation Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate a special gift for propagation and restoration work either as a professional or as a backyard gardener It also salutes those who strive to spread local native plant genetics throughout their communities and acknowledges those who by way of landscaping endeavours are able to restore and support sustainable native plant habitats The NANPS Garden Award celebrates a member s project that best reflects NANPS s mandate to study conserve cultivate and restore North America s native flora Gardens that mimic natural plant communities offer a range of species and or habitats are aesthetically pleasing and contain gardens of ethically sourced local genetic stock are particularly worthy of recognition Photo by Darcie McKelvey Acorus Restoration Native Plant Nursery Sale Saturday Sept 6 10 4 p m Sunday Sept 7 10 1 p m 722 6th Concession Rd R R 1 Walsingham Wholesale prices and orders All pots plugs Pre order online and arrange pickup too Orders placed before Sept 6 receive 20 off You can buy the farm it s still for sale St Williams Nursery Ecology Centre s Fall Public Sale Saturday Sept 13 8 5 p m Sunday Sept 14 9 4 p m 826 Hwy 24 W St Williams Customers will have access to the very best source identified native trees grasses shrubs and wildflowers found in Ontario all at special wholesale pricing Lots of events are going on in the natural world Please check the Scoop Calendar for the latest To ensure delivery of The Scoop add scoop nanps org to your email address book or Safe List The views expressed are of The Scoop and do not necessarily reflect The Local Scoop its parent company NANPS subsidiaries affiliates verticals hangers on or even those of the Spokesplant You have been sent this message because you are a current NANPS member or perhaps you were a member in your plant life or you subscribed to The Local Scoop 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 TheLocalScoop org if you would like to change your e mail address

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  • May 2014 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    promote the book as a great resource for native plant gardeners celebrate the pollinators who visit our garden and plug our plant sale as the place to get native plants to attract pollinators Since the book is focused on insect pollinators which have six legs and since some native flowers have six petals it makes perfect flower sense to tie in the book to the auspicious 6th anniversary occasion As a part of the celebration The Local Scoop is willing to give away two prized pollinator books Why not six We re too cheap Besides we re at a disadvantage in having only two legs and two arms and we re not nearly as co ordinated as six legged pollinators and the right hand doesn t know what the left hand is doing half the time To enter the contest to win a book you must meet the following criteria 1 Be a NANPS member in good planting membership has its privileges 2 Be available to pick up your book prize at the membership table at the plant sale between 10 2 p m and Correctly name two six petalled native plants very important make sure it s two species native to Ontario The names of the first six responders meeting the criteria will be put in a flower basket and two names will be drawn by ScoopAssist We will email the winners before Saturday Please send your entries to scoop TheLocalScoop org Good luck NANPSters Pssst if you miss out some copies will be available for purchase at below list price at the membership table Bumble bee on New England Aster Symphyotrichum novae angliae Evergreen Brick Works and Ravine Tour Saturday May 24 2 5 p m Brick Works Welcome Centre 550 Bayview Ave Toronto The old Don Valley Brick Works has been transformed from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability The Brick Works tour will be followed by a free two hour tour of the surrounding ravines led by City of Toronto Natural Environment Specialist Julia Murnaghan Tickets are 10 1 39 administration fee This a NANPS members event Non members may join NANPS NANPS at Native Plant Sale Sunday May 25 12 5 p m Christie Pits 750 Bloor St W at Christie St Toronto Being held in conjunction with the David Suzuki Foundation to support the Homegrown National Park Project Native Plants Beautiful Important Threatened Speaker John Oyston past NANPS V P Sunday May 11 2 p m Artisans at Work 2071 Danforth Ave Toronto The event is being held in conjunction with a small native plant sale on site starting at 10 30 May 11 and an exhibit of John s photographs of native plants May 2 May 31 Free entry Gardening Planting the Right Seeds for Biodiversity Speaker Paul LaPorte past NANPS President Monday May 12 7 8 30 p m Carden Community Centre 258 Dalrymple Rd Sebright Entry by donation Gardening Planting the

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  • March 2014 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    of Habitat Programs Canadian Wildlife Federation Sunday March 16 12 p m Unilock Celebrity Stage Taming Wildflowers reading and book signing Miriam Goldberger co owner of Wildflower Farm Sunday March 16 Reading at 2 p m in Parklane Reading Garden Book signing at 3 p m at Toronto Botanical Garden booth How to Raise Monarch Butterflies Carol Pasternak The Monarch Crusader author Monday March 17 12 p m Garden Solutions Theatre Salon 102 Hall A Native Plants Beautiful Important Threatened Speaker John Oyston former NANPS V P Wednesday March 19 11 a m Garden Solutions Theatre Salon 102 Hall A Plants Bugs Die For J Paul Lamarche avid gardener landscape designer Horticultural Consultant Wednesday March 19 1 p m Garden Solutions Theatre Salon 102 Hall A If You Build It They Will Come Providing Pollinator Habitat in Your Garden Maureen Hulbert Toronto Master Gardener Down to Earth Gardens Design Thursday March 20 12 p m Garden Solutions Theatre Salon 102 Hall A Grow Great Plants Understand Your Soil Mary Beerman John Montague Saturday March 22 1 p m Garden Solutions Theatre Salon 102 Hall A A Backyard Habitat Ken Beattie Manager of Habitat Programs Canadian Wildlife Federation Saturday March 22 1 30 p m Learning Stage A28 Helping Your Trees Recover After the Ice Storm Cathy Kozma avid gardener Toronto Master Gardener founder of Garden for Good Saturday March 22 3 p m Garden Solutions Theatre Salon 102 Hall A Beaverton Historical Society AGM Thursday March 27 7 30 9 p m St Paul s Anglican Church 383 Osborne St Beaverton Come and listen to our former President Paul LaPorte as he delivers a talk about native plants and their important role they play OHA District 5 AGM Natural Gardening Back to Basics April 26 9 3 30 p m Toronto Botanical Garden 777 Lawrence Avenue E Toronto Host North York Garden Club Speakers Paul LaPorte former NANPS President No Fuss Native Plants learn how to have a no fuss native plant garden with minimal effort and no chemicals and how to attract good insects and pollinators to your own garden with native plants Second speaker Steven Biggs author journalist and speaker on farming food and gardening No Guff Vegetable Gardening Includes flower show the opportunity to meet other gardeners and a tasty lunch 30 Deadline to register April 1 not fooling Other Events Winter Tree Identification Tour March 1 1 3 p m Trinity Community Recreation Centre Trinity Bellwoods Park 155 Crawford St Toronto Host LEAF Tour Leader Mark Sherman ISA Certified Arborist LEAF Discover the way twigs buds and bark not to mention needles and cones can help you identify a tree Learn some quick tricks that will help you spot some common urban trees 5 00 suggested donation Botanical Artists of Canada 2014 Juried Exhibition March 26 April 6 Opening Reception March 29th 1 4 p m The Papermill Gallery Todmorden Mills Heritage Site 67 Pottery Rd Toronto Theme The Four Seasons Just in News Release Ontario

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  • February 2014 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    keep on asking for Ontario Place Park to showcase the beauty of Ontario s native plants and keep on offering suggestions I think we will achieve our goal John Oyston John started a Facebook page Ontario Native Plant Reserve devoted to Jim French s native plant vision of Ontario Place Park and Trail The latest update Update on the jet controversy Debate on a controversial proposal to introduce jet aircraft to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has been postponed until March 25 The new jets would require a runway extension of as much as 200 metes at each end of the island airport runway This would bring the runways closer to the proposed Ontario Place park Latest Scoopin on Facebook Besides keeping track of the Ontario Place Park vision we are also involved with NANPS Facebook postings both in the open group page and the closed group Native plant enthusiasts are reaching out to help others Here s an example of a member s inquiry in the closed group Is anyone growing native plants from seed Looking for people to compare notes with get advice I m especially looking for advice about marsh marigold wood poppy and Virginia bluebell which seem to sprout very early but then die back in early spring Quick summary of my experience here Note Closed group does not mean the members are close minded It just means you have to ask to join There s no test and you don t have to give up your first born plant which might not even be your favourite Other News Ashes to Ashes and the Power of Volunteers Not all ashes are alike according to the Emerald Ash Borer The diminutive beetle only in size but not in industriousness has threatened our ash trees However it appears blue ash Fraxinus quadrangulata coincidentally the rarest one and listed as a species of Special Concern under the Ontario Endangered Species Act may appear to have some resistance to the invasive beetle s wily ways As part of a long term goal to save the blue ash species a seed harvesting initiative using volunteers yielded a bumper crop from an old plantation that is part of the Ontario Rare Woody Plant Program at Guelph Arboretum John Ambrose Henry Koch The seeds will be sent to planting groups around Ontario in an effort to reverse the tree s decline Here s hoping the planting sites are far apart and the beetles won t go the extra mile in search of them Note Blue Ash is on NANPS plant sale database I wish I could buy the farm literally not figuratively We were shocked to hear that Acorus Restoration Native Plant Nursery and Blazingstar Learning Centre in Walsingham is for sale Acorus is continuing to operate and is one of our suppliers for NANPS Spring Plant Sale 2014 Message from Paul Morris the owner Hi All I m contacting my list of conservation minded people to see if you know anyone that

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  • January 2014 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    Tree ID Tuesday January 21 2014 1 3 p m Toronto Botanical Garden 700 Lawrence Ave E Toronto Instructor Liz Hood Sharpen your skills of observation to identify winter trees and shrubs first identifying habitat then species and genus This session will include hands on indoor and outdoor components Course No PG14W14 Public 32 TBG Members 25 Ontario Place Revitalization Share your ideas for the park and trail at Ontario Place Wednesday January 22 2014 6 9 p m Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building Room 104 255 Front St W Toronto 6 p m Open house with information on the environmental assessment 7 p m Conceptual design presentation and facilitated session for gathering feedback Can t attend in person Participate online with the Webcast or Twitter Put in a good word for Native Plants We want to see a great design for the park using Native Plants Environmental Stewards in the University Saturday January 26 2014 10 30 a m 12 30 p m Howard Park Tennis Club 430 Parkside Dr Toronto Hosted by High Park Stewards VSP Speaker Dr Sandy Smith U of T Faculty of Forestry Everyone welcome Free 33rd Annual Guelph Organic Conference Expo Catching the Wave Workshops Thursday January 30 Sunday February 2 2014 Expo Saturday Feb 1 Sunday Feb 2 2014 Expo hours Sat 9 5 30 p m Sun 10 4 30 p m Expo is free Note Feb 1 Creating pollinator habitat workshop an integrated action plan for farmers permaculturists Susan Chan M Sc Manager Native Pollinator Program Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Project Farms at Work Why Gardens Matter Wednesday February 5 2014 7 30 p m Toronto Botanical Garden 777 Lawrence Avenue E Toronto Speaker Harry Jongerden Toronto Botanical Garden Executive Director Beyond the pleasures of recreation gardens are as necessary to public well being and economic advancement as any public program or infrastructure project Meet TBG s new Executive Director and discover more about why TBG and all gardens matter in creating a healthy and prosperous civil society TBG Members free and Bring a Friend for 10 Public 25 Students with ID 15 Door sales only Doors open 6 30 p m Other News North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance Update If you recall back in April 2013 we did a quick piece on North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance asking for help to prevent development of a property which is a designated wetland or significant woodland by the new Regional Official Plan The Forest is a buffer zone and the health of Lake Simcoe depends on it The Town can plug the loophole that allows development before the town and regional plans have been coordinated by passing an Interim Control Bylaw to keep those areas safe until the Town puts permanent protections in place If you would like to help save these ecologically significant areas and their inhabitants including native plants tugging on the ol bleeding heart Dicentra spp strings here please send a message of support to Georgina Council The latest update

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  • December 2013 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    the NANPS Spring Sale Enjoy free admission to the first lecture in The Dr Barbara Fallis Memorial Lecture Series Promoting Biodiversity in the Urban Landscape Scott Torrance Landscape Architect How to create beautiful urban environments and promote biodiversity while fostering strong connections between people and nature using native plants Wednesday January 22 2014 7 30 9 p m Toronto Botanical Garden 700 Lawrence Ave E Toronto TBG and NANPS Members FREE and bring a friend for 10 Public 25 Students with ID 15 Door sales only Doors open at 6 30 p m B E S T Lecture Low Impact Development Techniques That Work Jennifer Drake Low impact development is a means of working with simple systems and nature to lessen environmental impacts responsibly and economically This lecture explores the various low impact development techniques for stormwater management that have proven effective in the Great Lakes climate and is intended to assist designers in selecting appropriate methods for their projects Thursday January 16 2014 6 30 8 00 p m U of T John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design Room 103 230 College St Toronto Lots of events are going on in the natural world Please check the Scoop Calendar for the latest To ensure delivery of The Scoop please add scoop at thelocalscoop dot org to your email address book or Safe List The views expressed are of The Scoop and do not necessarily reflect The Local Scoop its parent company NANPS subsidiaries affiliates verticals hangers on or even those of the Spokesplant You have been sent this message because you are a current NANPS member or perhaps you were a member in your plant life We do not trade or sell any of the information collected we just plant you in our database and send

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