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February 2009 - The Local Scoop

Toronto Botanical Garden (in Edwards Gardens)
777 Lawrence Ave. E. at Leslie St., Toronto. Click here for map.
Tuesday February 17, 2009
Doors open 7:00 p.m. Start time 7:30 p.m.
Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00
"Gardening Trends Over the Ages"
Examine gardening trends over the last 200 years, their influences,
and what's happening now in the midst of change.
by Denis Flanagan & Charles Kinsley
Denis Flanagan works with Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association. He has been a landscape designer, teacher, TV host and lecturer in both the UK and North America for the past 30 years.
Charles Kinsley is owner of Ontario Native Plants and Ontario Nativeland. He has degrees in Chemistry and Theoretical Physics, and teaches part-time at Ridgetown Campus, U of Guelph (a.k.a. U of Gu). He was a Terrestrial Biologist for TRCA, has appeared on TV, and has written numerous articles on the importance of native plants.
Coming Next Month on St. Patty's Day!
A good excuse to wear green, grow green, and be green.
Won't you be envious if you can't make it?!
Tuesday March 17, 2009
"Green Gardening: A Joint Venture with Nature" by Ken Parker
Learn how to incorporate native species in the home landscape from a leading industry expert. This presentation includes ecological solutions for garden enthusiasts plus an introduction to the culinary, medicinal and spiritual uses of indigenous North American flora. Perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs for clay, sandy soil, wet sites and shady gardens are highlighted in this outstanding presentation.
There once was a gardener named Deb Whose front yard was native instead TOO TALL! Said The City And did something *sh--ty * By cutting it down to the bed
** While The Scoop strives to wax eloquently, in this day and age of rapidly-changing technology, of butchered language via emails & crack-berry messaging, please do not hold us to our usual, lofty standards when our members' good works are still at risk of destruction by City-sanctioned acts of vandalism. Hopefully, you will understand if we employ a harsher tone in such circumstances. If you are offended, feel free to substitute "dim-witty", "nit-witty", or another appropriate phrase. Better yet, if you haven't done so already, please visit our website and sign the on-going petition - to grow native plants without harassment. It's almost Spring and with the growing season just around the corner, it's never too late to let your friends and neighbours know that you can fight City Hall. Don't give The City a chance to substitute yet another name in place of Deb, or Sandy, or Doug, or...!
And speaking of almost Spring... That can only mean one thing...
NANPS' Annual Fundraising Native Plant Sale
Markham Civic Centre, Atrium

Saturday May 9, 2009 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Of interest to members who follow pollinator news - Sheila Colla, a PhD. student working with Dr. Laurence Packer ("The Bee Man") at York University is confirmed to speak at 12:30 p.m.on the decline of native bees and what we can do to help (
Volunteer members are still needed to receive and sort orders Friday night (beginning around 4 p.m.). On Saturday, the jobs include carpoolers, greeters, plant sellers, and clean-up crew. Leave a message at - any amount of time that you can spare is most appreciated.
A big thank-you to all our previous years' volunteers as they are the heart and soul of our sale.
Join NANPS at the Toronto Botanical Garden
Saturday, February 21, 2009, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Interested in volunteering at this event?
Please email for more information.
Seedy Saturday is moving to a new venue this year!
Artscape Wychwood Barns (Barn #2), 601 Christie St.

Saturday February 28, 2009, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information visit:
PLEASE VISIT for details on the Speakers' Series and everything NANPS.
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