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  • March 2011 – The Local Scoop | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    As a volunteer you get in FREE to the show to peruse the sights and sites Don t worry if you can t resist and happen to fall in love with a non native plant or gussied up gardenscape we have a little known code of ethics for such circumstances that involves looking the other way and remaining silent no snide remarks will be uttered promise It all happens here March 16 th 20 th at the Direct Energy Centre Exhibition Place Toronto Get 2 off the regular price and NANPS also gets 2 for every adult ticket sold Hurry March 15th is the deadline More info about the show at canadablooms com Trusty volunteers may contact volunteer nanps org Remember this is your opportunity to get in FREE to the show to take in the events COMING LIVE SOON NANPS PLANT SALE ONLINE ORDERING LIST You snooze you lose check the websites for updates A NANPS Spring Plant Sale Announcement More info A Treebuncle Dropped From The Heavens Arborists would be appalled but naturalists would be fascinated A shear delight and just another day in the life of The Scoop More Wayward Shoots Alert Ontario Nature Send in your comments by March 10th This ties in with a May 1 st talk at UofT hosted by TFN outlining the issues that face wildlife that need large swaths of land More info Calling All Groups NANPS will be sending the 25 th Anniversary edition of the Blazing Star across North America to promote the organization If you know of any groups institutions garden groups environmental groups etc that you think might have an interest in native plants please send your suggestions and info name mailing address website email address etc to nanps nanps org Mary Lake Update The Save Mary Lake Conservancy Group did not raise enough funds in enough time to buy the Mary Lake property out right But they are confident that by selling approximately 10 of the property as a co housing option it will ensure the remaining area is saved as a park More info Only in the U S you say pity Interactive USDA Hardiness Zone Map The Plantmaps people sent us a link to an interactive version of the current USDA zone hardiness map using Google maps By entering a US zipcode one can access data re first last freeze heat zones drought conditions and annual climatology for the area It would be nice if they included Canada as they do for their plant database Ameri NANPSters and Can NANPSters living near the U S border might find it useful NEW Draft Habitat Regulations Ontario has been richly blessed with a wide variety of plants and animals Over 200 of these species however are currently at risk One of the key threats to their survival is habitat loss To help these species recover the MNR is developing regulations that protect their habitat something they neglected to do for the endangered butternut trees in the

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  • March 2011 – The Local Scoop – A NANPS Spring Plant Sale Announcement | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    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

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  • March 2011 – The Local Scoop – A Treebuncle Dropped From The Heavens | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    September TLS November issue A tree canker doesn t do it justice It sounds very clinical and doesn t evoke the work of art that it is The term canker is used to describe a killed area or blister on the bark a branch or the trunk of an infected tree The canker causing fungi commonly invade wounded or injured bark tissues to form a canker Dozens of species of fungi cause canker disease It could possibly be the fungus Eutypella parasitica which commonly infects maples You may have seen it manifested in young stems as the classic cobra head Eutypella cankers on maple are often colonized by the decay causing fungus Oxyporus populinus Perhaps these fungi were in cahoots with the rain to bring the treebuncle down to earth But such is the conjecture of arborists who are in the habit of treating tree diseases and pruning limbs Is the fungus more prevalent in cities where tree pruning is almost a sadistic pleasure The unkind cuts may lead to more wounding and more entry points and thus more fun for the fungi The old silver maple is host for another much more robust treebuncle see picture The Scoop will not be camping out in anticipation of its drop date but we will keep an eye on it Treebuncle found in Toronto 2 views sunnyside up and underside Treebuncle wound site in centre of trunk with remaining treebuncle to the right Another treebuncle on silver maple in Toronto Double treebuncle on silver maple Sydneysider treebuncle A treebuncled tree from downunder The Elephant Man of the tree world from The Local Scoop March 2011 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

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  • February 2011 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    Mary Lake property provides habitat for wildlife including a diverse array of plant species It is a stunning example of an endangered dry Coastal Douglas fir ecosystem The Mary Lake Conservancy was formed by 86 year old Bob McMinn with a group of concerned District of Highlands residents that want to preserve Mary Lake and the surrounding forest land With help from the Highlands Stewardship Foundation and the global eco community the Conservancy is working to save this carefully conserved and endangered ecosystem for future generations To protect and conserve the beautiful Mary Lake property The Mary Lake Conservancy must raise 4 5 million The campaign s centrepiece is an online digital map in which donors can purchase virtual square metres of the parcel which is in the Highlands district about 15 kilometres northwest of downtown Victoria As of today over 17000 m2 had been purchased by supporters from as far away as Japan Australia France Denmark and Scotland Ten bucks buys you a virtual square metre of the property If the fundraising is successful the land will be purchased through the Highlands Stewardship Foundation with plans to transfer it to a government body as permanently protected parkland FEBRUARY EVENTS SEMINARS COURSES WORKSHOPS Sunday February 6 10 30 a m 12 noon High Park Toronto Walking Tour Winter Tree Identification Toronto Urban Forestry Wednesday February 16 12 p m U of T RW 432 Distribution and ecosystem effects of earthworms in a Central Ontario forest are invasive earthworms a threat Tara Sackett Postdoctoral fellow in Geography at UTM Friday February 18 3 p m U of T ES B142 Urban Environments People Plants and Pollution Will Wilson Duke University Saturday February 19 10 a m 4 p m TBG Get the Jump on Spring Toronto Botanical Garden s Annual Horticultural Open House Spring into action and join NANPS for the event Tuesday February 22 7 30 p m TBG Floral Hall Edwards Lecture Series Romance with Trees Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds Saturday February 26 9 a m 3 30 p m Harcourt United Church Pollination Guelph Annual Symposium Register in advance for 30 payable in cash at the event or pay 35 at the door Please pre register by sending an e mail with the participant s name s to pollinationguelph gmail com Saturday February 26 10 a m 3 p m Kortright Centre for Conservation Stewardship Forum 2011 This year s theme is Reflections on the Year of Biodiversity and the keynote speaker is Dr Faisal Moola Monday February 28 7 p m TBG Lecture Elm Recovery Project Sean Fox University of Toronto St George Campus unless otherwise noted ES B142 Dept of EEB Earth Science Centre 33 Willcocks St RW 432 Dept of CSB Ramsay Wright Laboratories 25 Harbord St 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

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  • January 2011 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    supplies and visit with representatives from local horticultural societies Edwards Lecture Series Romance with Trees Tuesday February 22 TBG Floral Hall 7 30 p m Celebrated Canadian writers Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds fell in love while measuring an ancient balsam poplar The fascinating intertwining of the lives of trees and people has been a constant theme in both their books and their lives The couple lives in a 200 year old stone house north of Kingston surrounded by 15 acres of woodland in what is known as the Frontenac Arch Doors open at 6 30 p m Public 20 Students 15 TBG members free TBG Lecture Elm Recovery Project Monday February 28 TBG 7 9 p m Presenter Sean Fox Ontario is home to some noble elm trees that have managed to survive through several decades of devastation caused by Dutch elm disease Learn more about how the University of Guelph Arboretum is working with these survivors to help bring the elm back to prominence Sean is the Assistant Arboretum Manager Horticulturist and Elm Recovery Project Coordinator at the University of Guelph TBG members 23 01 Public 30 09 Edwards Lecture Series Transformations Parking Lots Plants and Paradise Wednesday April 6 TBG Floral Hall 7 30 p m The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson honorary patron of NANPS gardener extraordinaire faces the challenge of turning a difficult space into a delightful garden and not surprisingly succeeds magnificently Doors open at 6 30 p m Public 20 Students 15 TBG members free Bringing Nature Home ROM Auditorium Friday April 8 2011 6 7 p m Almost everyone knows our ecosystem is in crisis but we can bring back the natural order of things one garden at a time That s the hopeful empowering message Douglas Tallamy delivers as he shows us how to look at our gardens in a completely different way His unbridled enthusiasm for the beauty and usefulness of helpful bugs and critters and the native plants that support them change your mind about what belongs in your patch If you missed his presentation at the joint NANPS TBG event last October here s your chance to connect Note not confirmed on the ROM site at press time Stay tuned to The Local Scoop website for updates NANPS Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser Saturday May 7 Markham Civic Centre Speakers Vicki Beard Making it Work How to Create Pollinator Habitat in Your City Colleen Cirillo TBA Colleen s talk about invasive species is untitled at the moment so let s go with the interim title suggested by The Local Scoop Space Invaders The Plant Sale Committee requests photos of attractive native plant combinations that members would be willing to share for the plant sale to provide inspiration for customers Photos of a single species are also welcome These are needed for the website plant database especially for species where there are no images presently Credit will be given Photos can be emailed to plantsale nanps org or burned on CD

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  • November 2010 – The Local Scoop – Mini Scoop | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    species 2 The latest fashion for cars The retro look in wood paneling the natural look or wood paneling on station wagons has made a comeback We would have preferred native wood and not Norway maple What colour do you call that Lichen 3 A new green project to increase the canopy cover in Toronto by covering the cars It looks great in a satellite photo 4 Camouflage for a 19 year old car to confuse the yuppy neighbours 5 Getting ready for Christmas be adorning the Scoopmobile with antlers Looking ahead to Xmas and the latest trend for outdoor decorating didn t have time to put on the strings of Christmas lights Be careful what you wish for The Scoop wanted more wood for the ZooWoods Restoration Project but to be delivered in our car not on our car The high winds that beset Toronto the night before the NANPS Prairie tour took its toll Merry Christmas Fern and A Happy New England Aster to you all Two things to remember at this time of year end of year donations and membership renewals For donations the sky aster s the limit any amount is appreciated http www nanps org index php home donate The Scoop Goes Down Under The Scoop is going investigative reporting Down Under Getting the Scoop on Native Aussie plants Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world indeed it s the only thing that ever has Margaret Mead 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

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  • October 2010 – The Local Scoop – Mini Scoop | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    walk Participants will have the option of completing a mail in test to obtain a Certificate jointly administered by the Sponsoring organizations Space is limited Registration nanps nanps org or call NANPS voicemail 416 431 4438 Fall 2010 Edwards Lectures Series Toronto Botanical Garden Bringing Nature Home with Douglas Tallamy Wednesday October 27 2010 Floral Hall at 7 30 p m Discover the important ecological roles plants play in our landscapes Lecture presented in partnership with the North American Native Plant Society NANPS members only 10 Non NANPS Public 20 students with valid ID 15 TBG members free Door sales only limited seating Doors open at 6 30 p m Details Botanical Artists of Canada Second Annual Art Exhibition October 27 November 7 2010 Todmorden Mills Papermill Gallery Opening Reception Wednesday October 27 7 9 p m Following the presentation of awards the exhibition jurors will do a walk through offering an opportunity to understand the jurying process and gain insight into some of the art exhibited Papermill Gallery hours Wednesday through Friday 12 4 30 p m Saturday and Sunday 12 4 p m How else can we explain the plummeting donations to the SEED EXchange It was a near perfect summer for growing with sufficient rain warm temperatures and lots of sunlight There should be tons of seed produced and available for collecting The cut backs everyone is talking about lately are fiscal in nature not nature being frugal Is there an inverse corollary Perhaps you ve grown quite attached to the offspring of your little darlin s Time to let go do not worry they will go to good homes Fellow SEED EXchangers appreciate the efforts of your labour almost as much as if they produced the progeny themselves We don t want to make light of this but we re not asking you to give up a kidney or a piece of your liver though we would consider a stem cell donation The 10 percent rule of seed procurement does not apply to your property unless you haven t given yourself permission Be assured no matter how wild you or others think your garden is it s not really the wild So don t hold back collect as much as you can but leave some for the birds and other critters When you donate provenance is an important detail But you don t have to go so far as to give GPS bearings even if you have aquatic species to donate you ve all heard of incidences of wayward vehicles ending up in the drink Please make your donations to the SEED EXchange Guidelines for collecting Contact seeds nanps org Scoop definition Power plant the inexplicable hold that a native plant has on you after you ve first locked eyes a native plant species that has a certain allure for you a plant that totally takes over your mind body and soul a plant that empowers you The views expressed are of The Scoop and do

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  • September 2010 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    with Richard Aaron Wednesday September 29 7 to 9 p m Toronto Botanical Garden Take a virtual tour of some of the species of mushrooms that can be found in Toronto in parks woodlots ravines and right in your own backyard Learn about the crucial roles mushrooms play in the environment and be regaled by fascinating tales of how urban dwelling mushrooms go about their daily lives Public 30 09 members 23 01 Details Check out Richard s fungi feast of fall courses workshops LEAF Quick Easy Tree I D Sunday October 3 1 to 3 p m U of T SW corner of Willcocks Huron St Learn the tricks of the trade with Chris Gooderham Urban Forest Ecologist This workshop will give you an insider s view into the best techniques for identifying the trees in your neighbourhood Perfect for those who would like to build on their own urban forest knowledge beginners and intermediates alike Cost 15 for the public and 5 for those who have taken LEAF s Tree Tender Volunteer Training Details of this event and others Walk and Talk about Using Native Plants with Liz Hood Wednesday October 6 10 a m to noon Toronto Botanical Garden Join the TBG s Director of Education on an easy walk through the TBG gardens to learn about the benefits and challenges of working with the wild cousins of nursery cultivars You ll learn about ideal plants for sun and shade where to find sources for plants and how to intermix native plants in your garden This is a great course for backyard birders wildlife gardeners naturalists and plant enthusiasts Come dressed for the weather as this course will be held outdoors Public 30 09 members 23 01 Details Songbirds and Migration Making the Connection Thursday October 7 7 9 p m Free event Speakers Christina Sharma Project CHIRP Dr Bridget Stutchbury York University Dr Robert Rice is a research scientist and coordinator of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center s Bird Friendly coffee certification program Details Mushrooms on the Moraine Saturday October 9 9 30 a m 4 30 p m Koffler Scientific Reserve at Joker s Hill 17000 Dufferin St King City Learn to identify many of the fascinating mushrooms and other fungi found on the Oak Ridges Moraine with Richard Aaron Suitable for all levels of experience Details Finding the Forest for the Trees Sunday October 10 11 00 a m 12 00 p m and 1 30 2 30 p m Koffler Scientific Reserve at Joker s Hill 17000 Dufferin St King City More than the sum of its parts a forest is a complex community whose members struggle for light water and minerals Listen to Dr Sean Thomas U of T professor of forest ecology tell the story of how trees in the old growth get to be old Details Bringing Birds to your Urban Oasis Thursday October 21 7 9 p m Loafer s Lake Recreation Centre 30 Loafer s Lake Lane Brampton

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