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March 2009 - The Local Scoop – St. Patrick’s Green Growers’ Edition

Toronto Botanical Garden (in Edwards Gardens)
777 Lawrence Ave. E. at Leslie St., Toronto. Click here for map.
Tuesday March 17, 2009
Doors open 7:00 p.m. Start time 7:30 p.m.
Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00
"Echinacea and Beyond"
by Dr. Nina Katalin Barabas
Some of our most valuable medicinal plants such as ginseng and goldenseal are endangered due to years of over-harvesting from the wild. The medicinal uses of native plants from pioneer days through today will be discussed. Nina's passion for native plants will inspire you to grow native herbs in your garden and help prevent their extinction.
Presenter: Nina co-authored Wildflowers of Riverwood, a field guide to the wildflowers of Mississauga's garden park and the GTA. She serves on the Board of the Riverwood Conservancy and has been fascinated with plants ever since walking the hillsides in her native Romania. She has a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Szeged, Hungary and an Herbalist Diploma from the Natural Health Institute, California. She now resides in Mississauga, teaching about the wonderful world of plants through presentations, workshops and nature walks.
Dear Readers, while some of you may be long in the dogtooth, the Scoop believes that you are still sharp of mind. You have noted the change in Speaker. We would never try to pull the woollyhead clover (Trifolium eriocephalum) over your eyes and we don't have spin doctors hiding in the wings, so we will come clean. Yes, our previously-scheduled speaker had to cancel. Rumour has it that a leprechaun abducted Ken Parker and is holding him ransom for a pot o' goldenseal. This claim could not be substantiated at the time of email blasting, so The Scoop will not speculate further. It is only due to the graces of Patty O'Harold and his Dogwood Band who waved a staff of goldenrod over the fields of The Greater Toronto Horseshoe and separated the Great Lakes wheatgrass (Elymus lanceolatus) from the chaff, to reveal a most worthy replacement speaker - Dr. Nina K. O'Barabas. And the luck of the Irish was with us - our lovely lass will cover a similar topic. Raise a glass of Guinness or Irish Whiskey and kiss the Blarney Stone to our good fortune. As we say at NANPS, the show must grow on!
"Native Trees of Southern Ontario"
by Todd Irvine Tuesday, April 7, 2009
With an arborists' eye, Todd winds his way with us through a forest of photos of native trees of Southern Ontario, including the towering white pine, iconic sugar maple, and stately red oak. He will provide helpful tree identification tips, discuss basic tree physiology, and share some personal anecdotes.
Presenter: Todd is an arborist and Education Coordinator for LEAF. He lectures passionately about trees, leads tree care workshops, and tree tours in Toronto. Todd is founding editor and Green Space columnist, for Spacing Magazine, the 2007 National Magazine Award winner for "best editorial package".
Plant Sale
NANPS Annual Plant Sale (Saturday May 9th - Markham Civic Centre).
Forbs, grasses, woodies and ferns, hundreds of books,
free talks and free parking!
Volunteers are always needed and appreciated! (
Online ordering - coming soon!
Free-talking Speakers:
11:00 a.m.
Mathis Natvik -Native Plants in Urban Environments, from Green Roofs to Living Walls
12:15 p.m.
Sheila Colla, York U -The Plight of the Bumblebee, How You and Your Garden Can Help
1:30 p.m.
Karen Boniface, Town of Markham -Tree Strategies for a Greener Community
NANPS Health Service Announcement
Good readers, while we know you are sharp as a whip nutrush (Scleria triglomerata), The Scoop has unearthed a way to protect that active mind of yours by working the other part of the brain that is not used in our analytical world. The art of biological illustration melds science with the esthetic value of plants. A number of Nanpsters have taken courses to broaden their appreciation of all plants with the intent to capture the image of native plants in their garden through the eyes of an illustrator rather than through a lens. Instructor Nellie Sue Potter is an artist, teacher, avid gardener, and Chair of The Botanical Artists of Canada with a mission to help people appreciate the beauty of nature. Explore her upcoming workshops:
Botanical Art 101:
Focus on the beauty of natural botanical forms as you refine your drawing skills.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., April 21 to June 16
at Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.
Botanical Art with Coloured Pencils:
Tuesday afternoons, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 21 to June 16
at Swansea Town Hall and Saturdays,
April 25 to June 6 at the ROM
PLEASE VISIT for details on the Speakers' Series and everything NANPS.
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