August 2014 - News & Events

Photo by Darcie McKelvey
"I do remember the first native garden I viewed. The garden was in the Toronto Annex - it belonged to Griff Cunningham (a former NANPS President, who at the time I did not know), and unbeknown to me, I arrived a day after the tour. He was totally accommodating, and spent a long time with me showing me his plants and his Fern House. What a fond memory I have of that day! It is my hope that I can be as open and generous as Griff was on that day."
- Darcie McKelvey, long-time NANPS member and volunteer
We're a little skimpy on the news this issue. But the events are not to be missed - an invitation to explore a native plant garden in Caledon and two very important fall native plant sales. Also, competing in the sale department is the Guelph Arboretum Plant Sale on Saturday September 13th.
Open Garden
"An opportunity to see a native plant garden and to tell me about yours"
Sunday September 7, 2014 16771 Albion Trail, Caledon L7E 3R1 (just south of Hwy. 9, about 16 km west of Highway) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact
Darcie McKelvey will be on hand to interact with visitors to her native plant gardens. Darcie has served on the NANPS Board of Directors, volunteered at our annual plant sale and has consistently donated to the Seed Exchange. She is also a dedicated member of 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
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!
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.
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