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December 2008 - The Local Scoop

Toronto Botanical Garden (in Edwards Gardens) 777 Lawrence Ave. E. at Leslie St., Toronto. Click here for map.
Tuesday December 9, 2008
Doors open 7:00 p.m. Start time 7:30 p.m.
Members: $5.00 / per talk
$25.00 / complete series
Non-members: $10.00 / per talk
$50.00 / complete series
"The Secret Life of Plants" with Martin Galloway
Join Martin Galloway as he takes us into gardens and illustrates what goes on beyond the reach of the naked eye. Martin is the owner of Chalk Lake Greenhouses which specializes in perennials and native plants. He also teaches Pathophysiology at Seneca College and Natural Sciences at York University. He is well-known for his segments on the Canadian TV series, Harrowsmith Country Life, as well as the host of The Secret World of Gardens.
Don't let some sod spoil the surprise for you by giving away "The Secret".
Come, hear and see for yourself at Martin's presentation.
Note: BYOM!
Contrary to popular belief, this does not stand for - Bring Your Own Moss, Mayflowers, Maple, Mulberry, Maidenhair ferns, etc.
Please remember to Bring Your Own Mug as refreshments are available.
Are you a lapsed member? Buy Your Own Membership. Yes, you can renew your membership at the meeting and enjoy the members' discounted price for the talk.
What's the buzz? Find out at the third presentation in the Speakers' Series coming in the new year.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
"The Importance of Bees"
with Dr. Laurence Packer
There are 20,000 species of bees in the world and their biology is very diverse. Bees are responsible for approximately 25% of our food, so understanding them is vital. Dr. Packer will dispel many generalizations about bees and explain why they are important organisms for monitoring the environment. Dr. Packer is a Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at York University, researching bee systematics and taxonomy, conservation genetics, sociobiology, and biodiversity.
NANPS Year End Stuff
Folks - it is that time of year again. Tis the season to be giving. Feedback from the Fall Seed Exchange was a little sparse. The Scoop implores all of you "seedy" characters out there to dig into your coveted supply of native plant seeds and donate them so that the Spring listing isn't a washout. The Ruth-Howard team would be most appreciative if you could label each individual package and include on a separate sheet, the seed list and donor information. Feel free to drop off donations at any of the upcoming Speakers' Series.
And while you are in the donating mood...NANPS is a non-profit, charitable organization that will gratefully accept your donations and issue yew a Taxus canadensis receipt. Save 5 years of receipts, send them off to Revenue Canada with your income tax forms, and get a bigger bang for your buckeye.
Visit for more information about upcoming Speakers and The Seed Exchange.
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