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Upcoming Speakers and Workshops

02 Mar

EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

NANPS & the Toronto Botanical Garden are proud to announce a half day seed germination workshop at the TBG with native plant expert Paul Heydon, Saturday March 2nd 2019, 9:30am – 12pm.

Paul Heydon, owner of Grow Wild! Native Plant Nursery in Omemee, near Peterborough, will discuss native seed harvesting and germination techniques, including stratification, scarification and double dormancy. Students will discover easily-propagated species, as well as some more challenging woodland plants, and will also participate in a seed treatment activity.

Paul is a biologist, landscape designer and more! His company provides biological consulting, ecological restoration, Ecosystem Land Classification surveying, and locally-sourced native plants. When not busy in the nursery or at restoration sites, Paul spends his time exploring nearby nature with his two young children.

Event is now sold out, but from this link you can be added to a waiting list.


17 Apr

NANPS is proud to announce an evening with Lorraine Johnson, Wednesday April 17th, 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:00pm at the Koffler House (Multi-Faith Centre) University of Toronto, 569 Spadina Ave. Toronto, Ontario.

Lorraine will present: Unsettling the Garden: How native plants connect with reconciliation and healing the land; a non indigenous perspective.

Lorraine Johnson is past president of NANPS, an avid gardener and author of many books on native plants, including 100 Easy to Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens.

Online registration is now open! Tickets are $10 with a NANPS membership, $15 for General Public, and free for University of Toronto students (please show student ID at the door).


13 Mar

Join NANPS on Wednesday March 13th, 2019 for an educational and enjoyable evening with Scott MacIvor, 7:00– 8:30pm, Wilson Hall, New College, University of Toronto, 40 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario.(PLEASE NOTE, this location has been updated since this event was originally planned).

Scott will introduce us to common bee species of Toronto, their habitat, impacts on bees in cities, and how to create nesting opportunities for urban bees.

Scott MacIvor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is interested in plants and pollinators in cities and more broadly, the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of green infrastructure, including public and private gardens, parks, and green roofs. Scott collaborates nationally and internationally, as well, with the City of Toronto on a number of projects, including the ‘Bees of Toronto’ Biodiversity Series book, and the Pollinator Protection Strategy.

Online registration is open now! NANPS members $10, General Public $15. University of Toronto students are free (please have student ID ready at the door).


Past Speakers and Workshops

27 Sep

NANPS is proud to co-host this talk by Nancy Turner, at the Toronto Botanical Garden on September 27, 2018

Nancy will present some of the most interesting wild berry species, describing their cultural significance, traditional harvesting and processing techniques, and population threats. She will also demonstrate how many wild berry species are easily propagated, and grow particularly well in garden settings where they provide beauty, interest and food.

This event is free for NANPS & TBG members!
Tickets and more information here


25 Apr

Speaker Series: A Swiftly Changing Landscape with Paul LaPorte
Date: Wednesday April 25, 2018, 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E, Toronto ON
Admission: NANPS members $5, Non-members $10
Tickets are available online here.
Register online and receive a free packet of local native plant seeds at the door. Your name will also included in a draw for a NANPS Plant Sale* voucher.
*The NANPS Plant Sale will be held at TBG on Saturday May 5th.

A Swiftly Changing Landscape

A discussion of the numerous threats to the survival of native plants and the organisms that depend on them since the time of European settlement. Attention will be placed on the importance of native plants to our ecology and how habitat loss, fragmentation, naturalized and invasive species impact biodiversity.

Paul Laporte is the owner of Ephemeral Ark Nursery (specializing in native woodland species). Living in the Greenbelt of the GTA, he has stewarded and studied numerous native plant communities within multiple ecotypes and varied microclimates. He maintains a strong knowledge of Ontario native plant species and regularly consults on ecological gardening and design. Paul is a past president of the North American Native Plant Society and is a passionate advocate on the importance of native plants.


21 Apr

NANPS & Toronto Botanical Garden are thrilled to bring you this visually stunning documentary, Hometown Habitat, on Saturday April 21st, 4-6pm, at the Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto. Featuring interviews with passionate experts and activists, and narrated by renowned entomologist Douglas Tallamy, the film challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else.

TBG and NANPS members: $10
General Public: $12

Register today

Watch the Trailer


11 Apr

Speaker Series: Tracing the Roots of Native Plants with Paul LaPorte
Date: Wednesday April 11, 2018, 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto
Admission: NANPS Members $5, Non-members $10
Tickets are available online.
Register online and receive a free packet of local native plant seeds at the door. Your name will also included in a draw for a NANPS PLant Sale* voucher.
*The NANPS Plant Sale will be held at TBG on Saturday May 5th.

Tracing the Roots of Native Plants

On Wednesday April 11th, 7:30 pm 2018, Paul will be presenting Tracing the Roots of Native Plants. Paul will explore what defines a ‘native’ plant, and look at the evolution of plants and the impact of people on our native plant communities. An emphasis will be placed the native plants of Ontario and how they came to flourish in the area. Paul will also be speaking at TBG on April 25th! Tickets for April 25th talk available here.

Paul Laporte is the owner of Ephemeral Ark Nursery (specializing in native woodland species). Living in the Greenbelt of the GTA, he has stewarded and studied numerous native plant communities within multiple ecotypes and varied microclimates. He maintains a strong knowledge of Ontario native plant species and regularly consults on ecological gardening and design. Paul is a past president of the North American Native Plant Society and is a passionate advocate on the importance of native plants.


28 Sep

Wild Bees Lecture, Heather Holm

Honey Bees Bookcover
Wild bees live among us and contribute greatly to our lives, yet we know so little about them. Heather Holm is determined to change that. During this presentation, she will take us on a detailed exploration of the life cycle, nesting habitat, pollen collection, brood rearing and general characteristics of wild bees found in the Great Lakes region. The pollination of native plants and the mutualism between plants and bees will also be discussed.

Book signing: Heather’s books Pollinators of Native Plants and Bees; An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide will be available for sale in the TBG Garden Shop prior to the event and she will sign copies after her lecture.

Date: Thursday September 28, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the lecture will start at 7:30 pm.
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E, Toronto ON
Cohosted by Toronto Botanical Garden

Register Today

NANPS & TBG Members are FREE (please reserve your spot by registering onlline.)
NANPS & TBG Members bring a friend for $10 each
Public $15; students (with ID) $12.


12 Apr

Connecting the Diversity Dots: Gardening with Native Plants, Lorraine Johnson
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, doors open at 6:30, lecture at 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden

Connecting the Biodiversity Dots: Gardening With Native PlantsLorraine Johnson
Lorraine is the author of many gardening books, including the recently revised 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants, which will be available for purchase and signing at this event. A past president of the North American Native Plant Society (NANPS), she is a long-time advocate for community gardening and Toronto’s urban forest.

This event is brought to you by the TBG and NANPS.
Members FREE (Bring a Friend for $10)
Public $15; Students (with ID) $12; Door sales only


22 Feb

Native Plants for Multi-Season Shade Gardens, Frank Kershaw


29 Mar

Building Biodiversity with Native Plants, Paul Laporte
Location: Fairview Public Library
Date: Tuesday March 29, 2016, 7:30 pm

Learn how to establish a native plant garden and habitat that supports critical food chains for birds and pollinators. Marvel at the life cycle of insects and pollinators that come to thrive in such spaces. Come out and delight in Paul’s beautiful photos coupled with his amazing animation and video clips.

Paul Laporte is the owner of Ephemeral Ark Nursery (specializing in native woodland species). Living in the Greenbelt of the GTA, he has stewarded and studied numerous native plant communities within multiple ecotypes and varied microclimates. He maintains a strong knowledge of Ontario native plant species and regularly consults on ecological gardening and design. Paul is a past president of the North American Native Plant Society and is a passionate advocate on the importance of native plants.


09 Feb

Propagating Native Plants: Getting Your Seeds to Grow, Stefan Weber

February 9, 2016, Fairview Public Library
Learn about tools needed for effective seed collecting and cleaning. Talk about challenges and techniques that work for propagating native plants from seed.

Stefan Weber is a restoration biologist with the St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Centre. He has worked previously with the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, the Toronto Botanical Garden and completed a Masters of Science in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Guelph. Combining his passion for horticulture, botany and environmental education. Stefan Advocates for the restoration and expansion of rare plant communities in Ontario.

Below is a video of Stefan Weber’s presentation. The talk and video were made possible by generous funding from the McLean Foundation.


30 Mar

Flowers and Food: Growing Edible Native Plants, Lorraine Johnson
In this illustrated talk, Lorraine Johnson will combine two timely and popular subjects—urban agriculture and native plant gardening—and inspire gardeners to grow edible native plants on their own properties.

Location: North York Central Library Auditorium (5120 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario )
When: Monday, March 30, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30 pm.

Below is a video of the talk. The talk and video were made possible by generous funding from the McLean Foundation.