April 2011 – News & Events

“None can have a healthy love for flowers unless he loves the wild ones.”
– Forbes Watson
NANPS SPEAKERS’ SERIES
Toronto Botanical Garden (in Edwards Gardens)
777 Lawrence Ave. E. at Leslie St., Toronto. Click here for map.
Garden Hall
Tuesday April 5, 2011
Doors open 7:00 p.m. Start time 7:30 p.m
Members: $10.00 / per talk
Non-members: $12.00 / per talk
“Native Plants in our Day to Day Lives. Changing the Culture”
by Martin Galloway
Native plants are gradually becoming accepted in Canadian gardens. Each year more Canadians are discovering the practical and aesthetic benefits of gardening with native plants. Despite this, there are still challenges that have to be managed.
Martin Galloway has a B.Sc., M.Sc. and B.Ed. He teaches Pathophysiology at Seneca and Natural Science part-time at York. He owns Chalk Lake Greenhouses (for 35 years +) specializing in perennials and native plants. Martin was a segment presenter/writer on the Canadian TV series Harrowsmith Country Life and also hosted The Secret World of Gardens.
NANPSters, Alison and Deb, try to restrain the injured Martin Galloway from attempting any more solo stunts (like putting on a sweater).
You may recall, last time Martin & his High Diving Act made quite a splat prior to his Speakers’ Series talk on The Secret Life of Plants (December 9th, 2008). Yikes! He almost took the secret with him. A real trooper, Martin, still managed to make it for the talk despite the shoulder injury and blustery, wintry weather.
We’re hoping that this time, Martin will rein himself in, but not his humour, and stay off his high ladder long enough to talk about more down to earth pursuits like gardening. Besides, there is no way we are going to chip in to buy him a ladder brake fern (Pteris vittata), as it is a non-native species.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE GREAT SPEAKERS IN 2011/12
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NANPS Annual Spring Plant Sale Online Pre-ordering Update
Many NANPSters feel that not only has spring been delayed, but so has the Plant Sale Online Pre-ordering. You would be right on both counts. We know when it will end – at midnight, June 20th and April 17th, respectively. We just don’t know when it will start. Check our websites: NANPS and TLS.
NANPS Annual Spring Plant Sale – May 7th
Volunteers appreciated for the Friday set up on May 6th and for Saturday, especially for the clean up. Please contact volunteer@nanps.org.
Save the Plants, Save the World…by May 22nd
To save biodiversity, we have to save the habitat upon which the array of native plants and critters, including us, rely. Well, it’s not as if we can open up refugee camps for every species.
Closer to home, Ontario Nature has a Biodiversity Charter that they would like to present to the Premier of Ontario and the Ministers of Natural Resources, Environment and Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. The goal is 10,000 signatures for the Charter by May 22nd, the International Day for Biological Diversity. They are already a third of the way there. Sign up, be counted and spread the word.
These dates are closer than they appear
April 1 – deadline for nominations for NANPS Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Award
Life on the edge: the impacts of global warming on range limits (plant ecology) at U of T
April 2 – Learning to Live with the River: Our River Our Health, Guelph
April 5 – Lecture – Going Green in the Garden: Sustainable Strategies for Ontario Home Landscapes at U of Guelph
April 6 – Transformations: Parking Lots, Plants and Paradise, R.H. Adrienne Clarkson at the TBG
April 8 – Urban Wildlife Habitat Gardening workshop at Guelph Arboretum
Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy at the ROM
Check the Scoop Calendar for more info and for more of the latest listings.
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