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June 2013 - News & Events

"There is nothing like a dream to create the future."
-Victor Hugo
Markham Civic Centre Pond Planting Part 2
Saturday June 8th, 2013 10 a.m. to noon
The City of Markham is pleased to invite you to the Wildflower Community Planting at the Civic Centre. This symbolic event honours Markham's commitment to sustainable landscapes and celebrates the achievements of Markham's many partners in environmental and restoration work.
Come see Real Eguchi's design come to life! Many thanks go to Markham Environmental Sustainability Fund (MESF) for funding the project. Note: NANPS is listed in 2009 for the NANPS Invasive Species Education Program and as well as in 2012 for the 1st Civic Centre Pond Naturalization Plantings. Thanks also to Walmart-Evergreen Green Grants program for funding the plant materials.
We are hoping lots of NANPSters will be an active part of this by coming out and taking part in a planting of wildflowers such as butterfly milkweed, purple coneflower and pearly everlasting to help beautify and help create a beautiful pollinator and butterfly garden! Experts from NANPS will be there to help answer your native gardening questions. Other participants include staff from City of Markham Operations (Parks), TRCA, Evergreen and Rouge Park. The pond is on the south side of the building. Please bring gardening gloves.
Please call to register at 905-477-5530.
NANPS infill project NANPS will have succeeded when... In ten years' time NANPS... How would you complete these sentences? What should the future of NANPS look like? How can we best fulfill our mandate: To study, conserve, cultivate and restore North America's native flora? These are some of the questions and thoughts the NANPS board will be discussing at their retreat on Saturday, June 15th.
What is the proper role of the "North American Native Plant Society"? How should we relate to other native plant societies in North America? How big should we be? How big should we dream?
Do we need to establish a vision for the society? Can we find inspiration, for example, in the vision of Texas Native Plant Society or California Native Plant Society?
NANPS is over 25 years old now. Together we have achieved a great deal. We have a lot of established programs which are up and running. Is this a good time to expand and look for new challenges?
Want to have your say? You can email, you can join in the discussion on the official NANPS Facebook page, and you can attend the NANPS AGM on October 19th.
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
NANPS Award winners We can't announce the winners for 2013, until we get some nominations.
NANPS believes that it is important to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments, large or small, of those who best reflect NANPS' mandate: To study, conserve, cultivate and restore North America's native flora.
We offer awards in three categories: Paul McGaw Conservation Award (submission deadline has been extended beyond June 1st) Garden Award Winners Annual (deadline of July 31st) Volunteer of the Year Award (deadline before October 19th)
Details for suggestions – here.
NANPS is no wallflower! NANPS has ramped up the Social Media context. We're a-Twitter 'cause we're LinkedIn, and in your Facebook. And the real native plant enthusiasts have planted themselves in a group.Check out all of them and get connected.
Going out in a Blaze of Glory! The back issues of the Blazing Star newsletters from 2003 - 2011 (except one) have been planted on the NANPS web site.
As each subsequent issue blooms and goes through a year's cycle, it will also emerge online. The issues are pdf files, usually about 500 - 1,500KB in size.
Thanks to John, as well as Irene and Bea for this undertaking.
Cass Stabler comes on Board NANPS directors have appointed a new member to the Board. Cass is the Stewardship Coordinator for TRCA's Healthy Yards Program. She has a B.Sc. hons. in Environmental Sciences and a M.Sc. in Integrative Biology with an emphasis on Restoration Ecology from the University of Guelph.
Lot of events are going on in the natural world. Please check the Scoop Calendar for the latest.
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