June 2009 – The Local Scoop – Dip into summer issue

Summer is synonymous with enjoying the fresh bounty provided by nature. Explore our local markets and revel in the immediacy. With so many venues on tap to visit this month, it’s hard to choose, but try these June courses – a veritable feast for the senses.
On the menu in this issue of The Scoop are a number of tasty offerings:
Appetizers (served on Saturday June 13):
  • Graines pour Oiseaux – Succulent Spring Insects served in a natural woodland setting.
  • Mushroom & Nut Waterloo-Wellington (sure to sell out).
  • Walsingham Wild Fare – Surprise Sprigs of Fresh Greens.
Starters (served on Sunday June 14):
  • Salad Verde – Gently-pulled Exotic Wild Garlic Mustard leaves and thinly-shaved roots.
Mains (served on various days):
  • Tender Saplings by The Lake on Saturday
    June 20.
  • Organic Green Abundance (choose your own ingredients and garnishes on a bed of sprouts) on Tuesday June 23.
  • Una Ponoma Blanca – A Veritable Feast of Authentic Hand-made Ukrainian Pyrogies on Thursday June 25.
Desserts:
  • Scoop du Jour.
Check out the savoury details below.

Project Chirp Spring Songbird Garden Tour

Saturday June 13 at 9 a.m.
105 Laurel Ave., Etobicoke
Christine will inspire and guide you with tips to entice birds to visit your backyard. Topics covered: introduction to drought tolerant native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses, contemporary planting styles, planted green roof for songbirds and pollinators, songbird ponds, shopping smart for songbird conservation. $10 per person includes excellent Canadian Wildlife Federation resource materials. Advance payment is required.
And for a little further a-field on Saturday June 13, two selections:
Waterloo-Wellington Wildflower Society Annual Plant Sale in Guelph – 9 a.m. to noon
Great selection of local native plants from which to choose but get there early for the best selection! Feel free to pick away at the leftovers from the NANPS annual plant sale.
Acorus Talk in Walsingham: Beginners Plant Identification with Paul Morris – 1 to 4 p.m.
Distinguish between “weeds” and wildflowers and then devour them at their September workshop on wild edibles.
Charlie Clifford Memorial Park – Thornhill – Sunday June 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
While many of our members have adopted native plants over the years, one member who happens to reside on The Board, recently adopted an entire park with native plants. Now that is ambitious!
Greg Hagan has recently adopted Charlie Clifford Memorial Park in Thornhill, a beautiful treed natural area with trilliums, bloodroot and ostrich ferns. This is a great site for future housing of woodland native plant refugees but for the presence of the highly pervasive garlic mustard. If you have a hunger to partake in and witness the demise of invasive non-native species, we need your assistance to help pull garlic mustard plants before they go to seed and further infest the park. If you have a hunger for exotic salad, it’s BYOB (bring your own bag).
***Please let Greg know if you can attend (905-472-4258), by Friday, June 12th and then join him on Sunday at the park located in the N/W Bayview – Steeles Ave. area. The walkway entrance is between 51 & 55 Sprucewood Dr., north of Proctor Ave., west of Bayview Ave. Bring garden gloves, insect repellent and your contempt for garlic mustard. We guarantee a plucking good time.
There will be future culls and site preparation – stay tuned!
Leslieville Tree Festival – Leslie Grove Park – Saturday June 20, 12 to 5 p.m.
The LEAF-inspired, annual celebration runs in its 5th incarnation featuring a walking tour, tree planting, native plant sale, fresh organic food, organic garden seminar, educational displays from environmental groups, kids’ activities, etc. NANPS has a table of plant delicacies – leftovers from our annual plant sale.
Markham Green Neighbourhoods workshop: Designing Beautiful Gardens with Native Plants. Markham Village Library – Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 7 to 9 p.m.
Learn how to take care of your lawn and garden the natural way (grazing optional).
Check the NANPS Calendar for August and September workshop dates.
Tour of Pomona Mills Park & Ukrainian Church Dinner – Thornhill
– Thursday, June 25,
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Near Charlie Clifford Memorial Park, but north of John St is Pomona Mills Park. The Pomona Mills Park Conservationists have been actively protecting and restoring Pomona Mills Park for the past 10 years. Meet the members of this group at 6:00 p.m. (park at the end of Church Street), take a tour of the park (you may want to bring bug repellent), and then enjoy an authentic Ukrainian Church Dinner at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge for the tour; however, a donation to the Conservationists would be welcomed. You would pay for your dinner directly at the church. Please contact Karen Boniface directly at kboniface@markham.ca by Monday, June 22 if you plan to attend. We need to alert the church ladies and conservationists of the impending horde of hungry Nanpsians ready to devour every pyrogy on site. Leftovers from the NANPS annual plant sale might be available.
Church site: Hall of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Church 15 Church Lane (first north street on John Street, east of Yonge Street), Thornhill, Ontario
From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., we will go to the church at 7 p.m.
Summer intensive botanical art courses at Swansea Town Hall with the Chair of the
Botanical Artists of Canada.
For the botanically-bent, starving artists in all of us – two full, five-course selections for July:
– Botanical Art with Coloured Pencils, July 6 to 10.
– Botanical Watercolour, July 13 to 17.
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