May 2008 – The Local Scoop

MAY 3
Wild Things with Wings at the Brick Works. Brought to you by Seeds of Diversity, FoodShare, Evergreen, The David Suzuki Foundation. Eco-workshops by garden expert Lorraine Johnson, weed expert Dagmar Baur, the Beehive Collective, The Toronto Beekeepers Co-op, pollinator expert Laurence Packer, Seeds of Diversity’s Bob Wildfong, and more. Native plants, urban naturalization, native bees, food security, ecosystem restoration. 10 am to 3 pm. Cost: pay what you can (suggested donation of $5 per workshop).http://www.foodshare.net/upcoming-pollinators2.htm
Workshops by NANPS’ Darcie McKelvey:
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Using native plants to attract bees: Learn how having natives in your yard will add a third dimension to your gardening activity as the birds, butterflies and bees move in to take advantage of the bounty you create for them.
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.Native plant seed starting: Learn the intricacies of starting native plant seeds in this interactive workshop, including the dormancy mechanisms of native seeds and how to pre-treat them for germination and health.
Followed by an evening at the Danforth Music Hall, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Join Dr. David Suzuki with host Bob MacDonald of Quirks and Quarks, bee expert Dr. Laurence Packer, and celebrity gardener Marjorie Harris, for an informative and entertaining evening on native plants and pollinators. Cost: Tickets $25 plus service charges. *Opportunity for special ticket price for FoodShare supporters: if you say “Wild Things with Wings”, you can get discount tickets for $15 ea. http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Conservation/Endangered_Species/Toronto-Event.asp
MAY 4
NANPS Plant Rescue Alert! Every native plant deserves a home!
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 16th Ave. and Hwy 404. Led by Harold Smith. Please contact Harold, harbersmith@sympatico.ca, for more info (directions) and waiver form which must be signed before entering the property.
High Park Community Advisory Council – Volunteer Stewardship Program (VSP) Native Plant Sale. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in front of the greenhouses just south of the Grenadier Cafe off Colborne Lodge Rd. Followed by a book launch “Rare Plants of the Endangered Black Oak Savannah, a VSP guidebook to this special environment in High Park” at 2:30 p.m. Nature Centre, 430 Parkside Drive (south of Bloor and Keele). Free. http://www.highpark.org
MAY 10
NANPS & The Most Amazing Plant Sale Ever! Markham Civic Centre – be there!
MAY 11
Lorraine Johnson presentation. Lorraine will speak on topics from her new book “The Natural Treasures Of Carolinian Canada: Discovering The Rich Natural Diversity Of Ontario’s Southwestern Heartland” at 2:30 p.m. Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive (south of Bloor and Keele). Free. http://www.highpark.org
JUNE 6 – 8
Carden Nature Festival joins with Ontario Nature AGM.
Attention Nanps members – please remember to use enrolment code 0508 when registering for festival events outings. If 12 or more sign up using that code, NANPS gets a 25% rebate of their fees (group rate). http://www.cardenguide.com/festival/

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