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Janury 2014 - News & Events

"The main challenges for life on earth for this century are urban population growth, climate change and loss of biodiversity. Urban landscapes are using 75% of the global resources, are producing 80% of the greenhouse gas emissions, and are main drivers of biodiversity loss. For the future it will be essential to reduce the urban ecological footprint and make our towns and cities more sustainable. The main responsible planning disciplines to meet these challenges are architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and urban planning.."
Norbert Müller, vegetation ecologist and Professor in Landscape Management and Restoration Ecology at the University Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany
Barbara Fallis Memorial Lecture
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Toronto Botanical Garden, 700 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto
Hosted by NANPS & TBG

Scott Torrance
How to create beautiful urban environments and promote biodiversity while fostering strong connections between people and nature using native plants.
TBG and NANPS Members (remember to become a member!) **FREE** and bring a friend for $10. Public $25; Students (with ID) $15. Door sales only. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Barbara Fallis Memorial Lecture Series
Using Native Plants for LEED Buildings
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 7 p.m.
U of T, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, 230 College St., Room 103, Toronto
Hosted by NANPS & Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Speaker: Panel Discussion.
The 2013-14 NANPS Seed Exchange
Pssst! You don't have to lurk around school yards or darkened back alleys to get your fix. At NANPS we are open about the whole process. No covert passing off packages for $$$ - all transactions are done through the long as we still have a federal mail system... sort of.
The first round of exchanges finished January 11, 2014. Our second round seed list will not be sent out with the first newsletter in the new year. Rather, it will be published online on our website. This will allow us to send out seed requests in a more timely fashion and keep the list up to date. This is especially important for seeds that require cold stratification. Happy growing!
Other Events
Nature: Winter Tree ID
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1 - 3 p.m.
Toronto Botanical Garden, 700 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto
Instructor: Liz Hood.
Sharpen your skills of observation to identify winter trees and shrubs, first identifying habitat, then species and genus. This session will include hands on indoor and outdoor components. Course No. [PG14W14]. Public $32; TBG Members $25.
Ontario Place Revitalization - Share your ideas for the park and trail at Ontario Place
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 6 - 9 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Room 104, 255 Front St. W., Toronto
6 p.m. - Open house with information on the environmental assessment
7 p.m. - Conceptual design presentation and facilitated session for gathering feedback
Can't attend in person? Participate online with the Webcast or Twitter.
Put in a good word for Native Plants! We want to see a great design for the park using Native Plants!
Environmental Stewards - in the University
Saturday January 26, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr., Toronto
Hosted by High Park Stewards (VSP). Speaker: Dr. Sandy Smith, U of T, Faculty of Forestry. Everyone welcome. Free.
33rd Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Expo - Catching the Wave
Workshops: Thursday January 30 - Sunday February 2, 2014
Expo: Saturday Feb. 1 - Sunday Feb. 2, 2014
Expo hours: Sat. 9 - 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 - 4:30 p.m. Expo is free.
Note: Feb 1 - Creating pollinator habitat workshop: an integrated action plan for farmers & permaculturists, Susan Chan, M.Sc., Manager, Native Pollinator Program, Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee Project Farms at Work.
Why Gardens Matter
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue E., Toronto
Speaker: Harry Jongerden, Toronto Botanical Garden Executive Director.
Beyond the pleasures of recreation, gardens are as necessary to public well-being and economic advancement as any public program or infrastructure project. Meet TBG's new Executive Director and discover more about why TBG, and all gardens, matter in creating a healthy and prosperous civil society. TBG Members free (and Bring a Friend for $10); Public $25; Students (with ID) $15. Door sales only. Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Other News
North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance Update
If you recall back in April 2013 we did a quick piece on North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance asking for help to prevent development of a property which is a designated wetland or significant woodland by the new Regional Official Plan. The Forest is a buffer zone and the health of Lake Simcoe depends on it.
The Town can plug the loophole that allows development before the town and regional plans have been coordinated by passing an Interim Control Bylaw to keep those areas safe until the Town puts permanent protections in place. If you would like to help save these ecologically significant areas and their inhabitants, including native plants...tugging on the ol' bleeding heart (Dicentra spp.) strings, here... please send a message of support to Georgina Council. The latest update.
Lots of events are going on in the natural world. Please check the Scoop Calendar for the latest.
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