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February 2015 – News & Events

“When you drop any new idea in the pond of the world, you get a ripple effect.
You have to be aware that you will be creating a cascade of change.”
– Joel A. Barker
Well, it’s almost Spring, so at the Local Scoop, that means time to get your duckweeds (Lemna spp.) lined up. And as Michael Caine, the actor once said (with Scoop modifications): “Be like a duck(weed). Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” So let’s not waste time and start growing! Even if you can’t get out and garden doesn’t mean you can’t grow in other ways – by attending our speaker events, volunteering (much appreciated as we have many events on the roster), and just being around other native plant enthusiasts absorbing all those nutrients to feed the mind. We need you as much as you need to populate NANPS events; like roots need mycorrhizal fungi.
Check out all the NANPS long-range events on the Events Flyer!
The 2014-15 North American Native Plant Society Seed Exchange is available on our web-site. The list is updated as those seedy characters arrive alive and ready to go.
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto, 230 College St., Room 103, Toronto
Barbara Fallis Memorial Speaker Series 2015. Speakers: Phil James, P.Eng, Manager of Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration, Credit Valley Conservation. Phil oversees a variety of urban watershed restoration projects ranging from pollution prevention studies to innovative stormwater retrofit projects. He has worked both in consulting and government in the field of water resources engineering; Kevin Rawlings, technician scientist, Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment which is an applied research facility focusing on innovative wastewater treatment technologies.
NANPS Members/Guests $8; Students free with ID; Others $15
Saturday February 21, 2015, 10 – 4 p.m.
Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue E., Toronto
NANPS has a table. Volunteers needed.
Free, but $2 donation appreciated. Free parking.
Presentations of Native significance in Garden Hall, Lower Level:
Building Biodiversity with Native Plants
Paul LaPorte, Consultant & Owner of Ephemeral Ark Nursery (and former NANPS President)
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
I Love Bugs
Malcolm Geast, Garden and Insect Photographer
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Canada Blooms
– Information Booth

March 13 – 17, 2015
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Theme: “Let’s Play”. Co-located with the National Home Show.
Saturday March 14, 2015, 10 – 4 p.m.
Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St. W., Toronto
Thursday March 19, 2015, 1- 2:30 p.m.
Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue E., Toronto
Barbara Fallis Memorial Speaker Series 2015.
Speaker: Dr. Nina Barabas, co-author of Wildflowers of Riverwood.
NANPS, TBG Members/Guests: $22; General Admission: $28
Sunday March 22, 2015, 10 – 3 p.m.
Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., Toronto
Saturday March 28, 2015, 11 – 4 p.m.
Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, 100 Brimley Rd. S., Toronto
Monday March 30, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St., Toronto
Barbara Fallis Memorial Speaker Series 2015.
Speaker: Lorraine Johnson, author, native plant expert. In this illustrated talk, Lorraine will combine two timely and popular subjects—urban agriculture and native plant gardening—and inspire gardeners to grow edible native plants on their own properties.
NANPS Members/Guests: $5; others: $8
Saturday April 18, 2015, 10 – 6 p.m.
Agriplex, Western Fairgrounds, 845 Florence St., London
$5. Free parking
Saturday April 25, 2015, 9 – 4 p.m.
The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave., Toronto
Workshop Facilitator: Dan Bissonnette, Program Coordinator for the Naturalized Habitat Network. Registration required. NANPS members: $53.99 incl. HST; non-members: $64.59
(Hurry! Only 30 tickets of each are available).
Saturday May 9, 2015, 10 – 3 p.m.
Markham Civic Centre
NANPS Plant Sale at Artisans At Work
May 16 – 17, 2015
Artisans At Work, 2071 Danforth Ave., Toronto
NANPS Plant Sale at Christie Pits Park
Saturday May 24, 2015, 12- 3 p.m.
750 Bloor Street W. & Christie St., Toronto
And from the “Passionate People Perpetually Providing Provincially Propagated Pollinator Preferred Plants…for a Positive Planet at Not So Hollow Farm in Mulmur:
A Celebration during Pollinator Week: Bees to Butterflies…and Beyond pollinator awareness event with NANPS.
Saturday June 20, 2015, 9 – 5 p.m.
Early bird admission prices for adults and families apply before April 1.
Register
Thursday February 19, 2015, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Rare ECO Centre (Resource House), rare Charitable Research Reserve, 768 Blair Rd., Cambridge.
Speaker: Rodger Tschanz, Pollination Guelph, talks about the efforts since 2008 to promote a better understanding of the importance of pollinators, to conserve and develop pollinator habitat and showcase pollinator projects to serve as a model for citizens and communities across Canada and internationally.
Cost: $8.00 or $3.00 with an Events Discount card
Sunday February 22, 2015, 10:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr., Toronto
Speaker: Eric Davies, PhD student, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto.
Eric talks about a survey of insect and bird diversity between native and non-native city trees. For urban biodiversity, it nicely showed why to replace pest-free (non-native) trees with tasty ones for our native insects. Should there be a native tree law?
Growing a healthy environment with native trees.
Saturday February 28, 2015, 10 – 12 noon
McLaughlin Planetarium, W. side exit of Museum Station, Queens Park, Toronto
Tour Leader: Jenia Faibusovitch, Restoration Specialist with LEAF. Learn some quick tricks that will help you identify common urban trees.
$5 suggested donation.
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 1:15 pm.
U of T, Victoria College, Room 206, 73 Queen’s Park Cres., Toronto.
Speaker: Dr. Sheila Colla, Liber Ero Fellow (mentoring institutions: University of Toronto and Wildlife Presentation Canada). Sheila will talk about exciting new programs and tools to help people learn more about these fuzzy and fascinating creatures as well as contribute to important research projects. She will also discuss the most recent status assessments of native bumblebee species in Ontario.
Saturday March 7, 2015, 8:30 – 3: 30 p.m.
Guelph Curling Club, 816 Woolwich St., Guelph
$40; $45 after Feb. 28; Students $10 off
Sunday March 8, 2015, 10:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr., Toronto
Speaker: Dr. Andrew MacDougall, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Sunday March 8, 2015, 1 – 3 p.m.
Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue E., Toronto
TBG Members: $25; Non-members: $32
Friday March 20, 2015, 3 – 4 p.m.
U of T, Ramsay Wright, RW 117, 25 Harbord St., Toronto
Speaker: Nigel Raine, University of Guelph
Lots of events are going on in the natural world. Please check the Scoop Calendar for the latest.
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