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September 2013 - News & Events

"Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis.
But wisdom comes by putting things together."

-John A. Morrison
NANPS Fall Tour
Saturday September 21, 2013 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
We had such a great time last year in Backus Woods with guide Kevin Kavanagh that we are going back with Kevin to explore more of this great Carolinian Woods!
We will also visit NANPS' own conservation property at Shining Tree Woods and Acorus Restoration, a native plant nursery and the source of many of our rare plants at our Annual Spring Plant Sale. Hopefully, they will have plants for sale.
There will be plenty of time to explore the sites in a relaxed manner and to allow discussion with fellow plant enthusiasts.
To book the tour, receive updates by email or if you have any questions, please contact us. Tickets may also be purchased through PayPal.
...or by mail (please make your cheque payable to NANPS):
NANPS Excursions 18 Whitehall Rd Toronto ON M4W 2C6
  • Bus: Coach Canada Special Purpose 40-seat bus equipped with a washroom and storage space under the bus (for plants...of course).
  • Pickup: Wilson TTC Station 7:30 (free parking) or pickup location in Ancaster. Meet: 'meet the bus' options from Backus Woods
  • $40/Member (or for one guest of member); $55/non-member. Car pool option meeting at Backus Woods: $30/member (or for one guest of member); $45/non-member.
  • Wear: comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather (sun hat, rain gear); there might be poison ivy so long pants are advised. Don't forget your lunch and camera!
Upcoming NANPS Event Dates to Consider
Gardening: Planting the Right Seeds for Biodiversity Tuesday October 8 7 - 9 p.m. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto Speaker: Paul LaPorte, NANPS President. Explore the intricate connections between native plants and insects/pollinators throughout the garden food chain. Learn how to establish a native plant garden with minimal effort and no chemicals. Discover how the North American Native Plant Society promotes native plants as an essential part of our ecology.
NANPS AGM at Markham Civic Centre Saturday October 19 12 - 4 p.m.
Gardening: Creating a Prairie Garden Tuesday October 22 7 – 9 p.m. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto Speaker: John Oyston, NANPS Board member. Topics: Short and tall grass prairies, meadows and savannas; prairies in Ontario – historical range and present day remnants; typical prairie species – grasses, forbs, animals; experience of planting a 3-acre prairie at Oak Hills Farms; site preparation, plant list, sourcing seeds and plants, planting, controlled burns; other prairies to visit in Ontario: Alderville Black Oak Savanna, Rainbow Cottage, Ojibway; how to incorporate prairie species into a suburban garden.
For the TBG Courses: NANPS Members special price: $10 incl. tax! TBG Members & NANPS guests: $25+. Public: $32+. Pre-register or register by phone: 416-397-1341 and pay on the course date.
Lots of events are going on in the natural world. Please check the Scoop Calendar for the latest.
In Passing
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Jane Bowles on July 27th, 2013 . Jane was an accomplished biologist, passionate advocate for the Carolinian Zone, dedicated volunteer, valued mentor, and friend.
Jane studied the ecology and monitored and worked on the recovery of several endangered plant species, including the Wood Poppy: COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Wood-Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum in Canada. Endangered 2007.
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