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  • October 2013 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    register or register by phone 416 397 1341 and pay on the course date Course No PG13F25 Details Gardening Creating a Prairie Garden Speaker John Oyston NANPS Vice President Toronto Botanical Garden 777 Lawrence Avenue E Toronto Tuesday October 22 2013 7 9 p m Topics to be discussed will include What is a prairie Short and tall grass prairies Meadows and Savannas Prairies in Ontario historical range and present day remnants Typical prairie species grasses forbs animals Speaker s experience planting a 3 acre prairie at Oak Hills Farm Site preparation plant list sourcing seed planting controlled burn Other prairies to visit in Ontario How to incorporate prairie species into an urban garden Seed and plant sources NANPS Members special price 10 incl tax TBG Members NANPS guests 25 tax Public 32 tax Pre register or register by phone 416 397 1341 and pay on the course date Course No PG13F33 NANPS News Let s put Ontario back in Ontario Place Recently NANPS founder and Past President Jim French was interviewed by columnist Joe Fiorito of the Toronto Star Why don t we have a native plant reserve at Ontario Place A place for residents and visitors a place to show kids what a trillium looks like In case you didn t know the trillium is one of the symbols of the province Some think that Nature s beauty abounds in High Park Well what grows in High Park shouldn t stay in High Park With native plants as we know the more the merrier Why should we be restricted to one showcase Ontario Place or O P Operation Plants as in native plants Please support our campaign to have a native plant garden as part of the redevelopment of Ontario Place Our Natural Heritage should not only be preserved but showcased A Selection of Other Events Taking a LEAF from the Book of Biodiversity Tree Tour Wednesday Oct 9 9 30 11 30 a m Join us for this tour through Rouge Park Canada s premier urban wilderness park Using the backdrop of the trees along the trail we will discuss forest issues such as climate change invasive species pests and other pressures as well as the benefits of forests and how we can help increase the urban canopy Free but registration recommended Native Plants Presentation and Beach Garden Society October 2013 General Meeting Flower Show Tuesday October 15 7 15 p m 9 p m Adam Beck Community Centre 79 Lawlor Ave Toronto Guest Speaker Paul Heydon owner of Grow WILD New Members and Guests welcome come early and enjoy informal discussions with members or check out our Library Light refreshments served For more information Maple Leaf Forever Tree Tour Saturday October 26 10 a m 12 p m Maple Cottage 62 Laing St Toronto Host LEAF Tour Leaders Mark Phillips Toronto Parks Forestry Recreation Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon Ward 32 Michael Finkelstein Eco Woodturner The magnificent maple tree which in 1867 inspired Alexander Muir to write

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  • September 2013 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    meeting at Backus Woods 30 member or for one guest of member 45 non member Wear comfortable walking shoes dress for the weather sun hat rain gear there might be poison ivy so long pants are advised Don t forget your lunch and camera Upcoming NANPS Event Dates to Consider Gardening Planting the Right Seeds for Biodiversity Tuesday October 8 7 9 p m Toronto Botanical Garden 777 Lawrence Ave E Toronto Speaker Paul LaPorte NANPS President Explore the intricate connections between native plants and insects pollinators throughout the garden food chain Learn how to establish a native plant garden with minimal effort and no chemicals Discover how the North American Native Plant Society promotes native plants as an essential part of our ecology NANPS AGM at Markham Civic Centre Saturday October 19 12 4 p m Gardening Creating a Prairie Garden Tuesday October 22 7 9 p m Toronto Botanical Garden 777 Lawrence Ave E Toronto Speaker John Oyston NANPS Board member Topics Short and tall grass prairies meadows and savannas prairies in Ontario historical range and present day remnants typical prairie species grasses forbs animals experience of planting a 3 acre prairie at Oak Hills Farms site preparation plant list sourcing seeds and plants planting controlled burns other prairies to visit in Ontario Alderville Black Oak Savanna Rainbow Cottage Ojibway how to incorporate prairie species into a suburban garden For the TBG Courses NANPS Members special price 10 incl tax TBG Members NANPS guests 25 Public 32 Pre register or register by phone 416 397 1341 and pay on the course date Lots of events are going on in the natural world Please check the Scoop Calendar for the latest In Passing It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Jane Bowles on July 27th 2013 Jane was an accomplished biologist passionate advocate for the Carolinian Zone dedicated volunteer valued mentor and friend Jane studied the ecology and monitored and worked on the recovery of several endangered plant species including the Wood Poppy COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Wood Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum in Canada Endangered 2007 Carolinian Canada tribute The NANPS Connection A touching tribute To ensure delivery of The Scoop please add scoop at nanps 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 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 in our database If you would prefer not to receive news about NANPS in the future we

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  • June 2013 – News Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    will be discussing at their retreat on Saturday June 15th What is the proper role of the North American Native Plant Society How should we relate to other native plant societies in North America How big should we be How big should we dream Do we need to establish a vision for the society Can we find inspiration for example in the vision of Texas Native Plant Society or California Native Plant Society NANPS is over 25 years old now Together we have achieved a great deal We have a lot of established programs which are up and running Is this a good time to expand and look for new challenges Want to have your say You can email you can join in the discussion on the official NANPS Facebook page and you can attend the NANPS AGM on October 19th Nannyberry Viburnum lentago NANPS Award winners We can t announce the winners for 2013 until we get some nominations NANPS believes that it is important to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments large or small of those who best reflect NANPS mandate To study conserve cultivate and restore North America s native flora We offer awards in three categories Paul McGaw Conservation Award submission deadline has been extended beyond June 1st Garden Award Winners Annual deadline of July 31st Volunteer of the Year Award deadline before October 19th Details for suggestions here NANPS is no wallflower NANPS has ramped up the Social Media context We re a Twitter cause we re LinkedIn and in your Facebook And the real native plant enthusiasts have planted themselves in a group Check out all of them and get connected Going out in a Blaze of Glory The back issues of the Blazing Star newsletters from 2003 2011 except one have been planted on the NANPS web site As each subsequent issue blooms and goes through a year s cycle it will also emerge online The issues are pdf files usually about 500 1 500KB in size Thanks to John as well as Irene and Bea for this undertaking Cass Stabler comes on Board NANPS directors have appointed a new member to the Board Cass is the Stewardship Coordinator for TRCA s Healthy Yards Program She has a B Sc hons in Environmental Sciences and a M Sc in Integrative Biology with an emphasis on Restoration Ecology from the University of Guelph Lot 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 nanps 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

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  • May 2013 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    are not in any way a neighbourhood welcoming committee for EAB It s about informing your neighbours of the options for dealing with their ash trees Fraxinus spp They also have EAB Ambassador Training Sessions LEAF in collaboration with Councillor Paula Fletcher and Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation hosts the Leslieville Tree Festival which is supported by Toronto Hydro This free fun filled celebration of our urban forest includes activities for the whole family takes place on Saturday June 22nd from 12 4 p m A green alternative to plant fibre pots According to U of T Forestry Professor Sally Krigstin current fibre pots have a petroleum product in them for water resistance so they don t disintegrate when watered Our product which is 100 per cent bio based has the ability to be biodegraded by organisms you d find in a composter or in the soil Krigstin s bio binder is certified with the USDA s BioPreferred labeling system at 98 bio based carbon level as the main constituent of the binder is a waste product from papermaking They see a much bigger application in replacing Styrofoam in food trays packaging fast food pizza boxes and plastics used by food chains But for now look for dill tomatoes and Swiss chard labelled Veggie Guy being shipped the first week of May Give a hoot for the North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance You can help save the North Gwillimbury Forest on the shores of Lake Simcoe by purchasing a lawn sign Bad Buckthorn Just when you thought buckthorn was bad for being a highly invasive plant species it has been found to be even worse for the environment than imagined European buckthorn has a chemical compound emodin which is produced in the leaves fruit bark and roots of the plant and is toxic to amphibian embryos Coincidentally emodin is at its highest levels in the environment at leaf out just when amphibian breeding season is underway Of course buckthorn is not content just with kicking the butts of native plants and killing amphibian babies it wants to further disrupt the harmony of the forest The mere presence of buckthorn forests alters wildlife distribution by attracting some carnivore species coyotes raccoons and opossums which might find birds and their nestlings more favourable dining companions Meanwhile buckthorn may distract white tailed deer which doesn t want anything to do with buckthorn or coyotes So please keep up your eradication efforts with buckthorn and other highly invasive plant species as your targets And something even scarier on the horizon Fewer deer in those buckthorn dominant woods will not translate to a lower tick population and risk of Lyme Disease or other tick borne diseases The ticks will seek out more of us as large secondary hosts It is a complex situation and playing wildlife manager is not as easy as you think The players and their relationships Japanese barberry tick tick bird tick deer mouse fox make for a riveting read Even opossums play

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  • April 2013 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    Plants Go Wild John Oyston NANPS Vice President TBG 777 Lawrence Ave E Toronto 7 9 p m John will be talking about invasive species with particular reference to those which are sold in nurseries and planted by gardeners who do not realise the problem they may be causing He will also talk about removing invasive species from your garden or rural property NANPS members 10 can bring a non NANPS member for TBG member rate of 25 public 32 Sat April 27 Tours of TBG NANPS Exclusive The Invasives Tour Foraying into Edwards Gardens and Wilket Creek 1 30 3 p m NANPS Exclusive The Natives Tour Focus on Nature s Garden Eastern Canadian Shield and native Woodland Walk 3 30 5 p m 8 per person per tour Unreserved places will be offered to the public on April 13th Meet at the main entrance to The Dembroski Centre for Horticulture SW corner of the TBG parking lot Rain or shine Tues April 30 April EnviroChats Native Plant Gardens Paul LaPorte NANPS President Queen Beans Coffee House 180 Queen St Port Perry 7 p m Paul will discuss the definitive role that native plants have in the life cycle of insects pollinators and the successive food chain that is supported by this relationship He will also provide an example on how to establish a native plant garden First 10 to arrive will be treated to a free coffee or tea courtesy of Queen Beans Coffee House Mon May 6 Pollinator Gardens Galore Workshop NANPS TBG 777 Lawrence Ave E Toronto 7 9 p m Join us for the How Why and Where of creating pollinator gardens in Toronto Three experts from Toronto Master Gardeners North American Native Plant Society and Scarborough Garden and Horticulture Society will share their knowledge Free but register quickly as spots are filling up Sat May 11 NANPS Annual Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser 101 Town Centre Blvd Markham Hwy 7 Warden 10a m 3 p m Wildflowers ferns grasses and sedges as well as trees shrubs and vines are available for the largest one day sale of native plants in Canada Volunteers needed Sat June 1 Markham Unionville Greens AGM Native Plant Exchange Sheridan Nurseries Heritage Room 4077 Highway 7 Unionville 2 4 p m Paul LaPorte President of NANPS Paul will cover the role of native plants in our ecosystem and food chain how to establish a native plant garden and NANPS s education conservation and cultivation activities Following the talk is a native plant and seed exchange and then an overview of this local Green Party riding association Free Sat June 8 NANPS Markham Civic Centre Pond Wildflower Planting City of Markham TRCA and the Healthy Yards Program Events Greening Your Garden Workshops Markham Museum Transportation Hall Markham Museum 9350 Markham Rd Free courtesy of City of Markham Environmental Sustainability Fund Sat April 20 Get Started What is a rain garden How does a rain barrel work Why should I install a permeable

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  • March 2013 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    push to get NANPS entered into Wikipedia We have been planted in their database however we are on tenuous ground There could be a bit of a wikimpedia if we don t get enough recognition from sources other than our own If anyone has connections to the media please request that they do an article about NANPS e g that we host Canada s largest native plant sale in the spring or that we are promoting the return of native plants to urban areas NANPS Board member John Oyston collects more letters John has been elected VP Vice President by the Board For now he is still our Excursion Maestro while his protégé learns from the masterwort Astrantia Photo Apps ScoopAssist Charles had an honourable mention in the OFA photo contest It truly was a magical day in the forest NANPS photo contest details We would like to use photos for our website and perhaps also for merchandise or fundraising Pick your best shots of North American native plants in winter and email them before the end of April Voting is on Facebook A New Director for Guelph Arboretum A new director has been appointed to the University of Guelph Arboretum The largest and most comprehensive sanctuary of its kind in Ontario it s home to more than 18 000 specimens in more than 30 plant collections as well as gardens wetlands nature trails and forests Prof Shelley Hunt a forest ecologist and faculty member in the School of Environmental Sciences SES has been named director of the Arboretum effective Feb 11 Prof Jonathan Newman director of SES has served as interim director since Prof Alan Watson stepped down from the position in 2012 after more than 20 years at the Arboretum Want to know more about the Roots of NANPS Silver Memories A personal history of the first 25 years of NANPS Written by the founder and Honorary President Jim French Contents include a detailed history of NANPS with articles by many of the people involved There are historic illustrations details of the purchase of our conservation properties and lots of information about past NANPS events and activities The booklet includes many beautiful full colour pictures This beautifully illustrated booklet is available online or may be purchased for 12 00 including mailing and handling Write to Bulletins Plus 2395 South Bay Rd RR2 Lakefield ON KOL 2HO The 25th Anniversary Blazing Star is also online EVENTS WORKSHOPS See also The Local Scoop Calendar for details and more events Seedy Saturday Vaughan Saturday March 2 Vaughan City Hall 2141 Major Mackenzie Dr Vaughan 10 a m 3 p m Free but donations accepted National Invasive Species Awareness Week March 3 8 Good article to read Green Roof Ecosystems Designing green roofs with native plants Mathis Natvik MLA see poster Thursday March 7 Seedy Saturday Brick Works 2013 Saturday March 9 NANPS has a table Goodbye Standard Time Hello Daylight Savings Time Sunday March 10 At 2 a m switch from

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  • January 2013 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    on the right side Search to your heart s desire The New Year The New Year always brings things into focus including something that most dread The New Year s Resolution Did you resolve to renew your NANPS membership sooner rather than later It s not too late Sign up now online with Paypal major credit card or print out the form and mail it in Here s the difficult part Choose between receiving the newsletter the Blazing Star in digital format full colour or print copy or both And while you are at it did you resolve to keep more in touch with NANPS NANPS has a Facebook page a Facebook group Twitter account and is now on LinkedIn Adam is our go to guy Also we are looking at a revamp of the website with more colour and panache These things take time but we are getting there Photo by ScoopAssist Pan Am Parapan Am Games Toronto 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge deadline March 8 2013 Okay NANPSters The Scoop does not have a tray of young sprouts to grow this idea and needs your help Are you in control of young impressionable minds that are creative and artistic The Scoop has a task for you even if it is to alert others you may know who could help The idea is to have our iconic Monarch Butterfly as the Official Mascot of the games Yes the Scoop admits that we have a not so hidden agenda As NANPSters we want to create more habitat for wildlife in our own domain We need to create a mascot who will espouse our ideals More Info New in the News Invasive Species Education Outreach Compendium Materials and Resources in Ontario 2012 The Invasive Species Education and Outreach Compendium provides information about invasive species communications materials available in Ontario The resources listed are organized by species and by pathway of spread to make the Compendium easy to use Agencies organizations and individuals involved in invasive species education and outreach programs are encouraged to add these materials to their communications plans and to coordinate with others doing similar education and outreach work Biodiversity Invasive Species Purchase Awards Juried Art Competition Invasive Species Centre based in Sault Ste Marie is inviting artists to create two dimensional artworks of any archival media in the themes of biodiversity and or invasive species Final acceptance of digital submissions will be Friday February 8th 2013 at 11 59 59 p m Only digital images will be considered by the jury do not send original work or alternate formats Invading Species Can Extinguish Native Plants Despite Recent Reports to the Contrary Extinction by slow stealth temporal lag Our native plants are living on the edge if their habitat is invaded by exotics Invasion has created isolated islands of native plants in a sea of exotics says Gilbert This has decreased the size of native habitats which reduces seed production and increases local extinction It also makes it much harder

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  • December 2012 – The Local Scoop | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    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 will try to understand 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 if not before back to top Social Scoop Subscribe The Local Scoop e newsletter along with the Scoop website calendar is a leading source of information for native plant related information throughout Southern Ontario The Local Scoop collects its information through NANPS and other native plant groups and environmental organizations The Scoop does not follow a strict publication calendar but is sent out roughly monthly to promote NANPS events To sign up for The Scoop click the link below and fill out the subscribe page Subscribe To The Local Scoop Scoop Search Scoop Tweets Our wild pollinators need all the help they can get from you plant native plants NativePlantSpecies https t co jpgNiZuY3V 05 54 09 PM March 09 2016 from Twitter Web Client

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