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13 Jan

Master Gardeners Technical Update, Information Table
Date: Saturday January 13, 2018
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E, Toronto

09 Dec

YIMBY (Yes in My Back Yard), Information Table
Date: Saturday December 9, 2017
Location: Metro Hall Rotunda, 555 John St, Toronto
YIMBY is a fun event to meet other groups seeking to enhance the quality of life in the community. More info about the event here

04 Nov

AGM and Social


This is the perfect chance to meet with NANPS directors and other NANPS members over snacks and refreshments. A display of NANPS materials will be available as well as our financial report and info about volunteer opportunities. Awards will be presented. Come a bit early or stay after to explore the Toronto Botanical Garden and adjacent Edwards Gardens and Wilket Creek Park.

Indigenous Environmental History of Toronto

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Jon Johnson, an interdisciplinary community-based scholar, whose research focuses on Indigenous knowledge and stories of Indigenous presence in the Toronto region. Jon is a lead organizer for First Story Toronto, an Indigenous-led group that shares Toronto’s vast and rich Indigenous history through tours and a smartphone App.

Date: Saturday November 4, 2017, noon to 4:00 pm
Location: Garden Hall, Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E, Toronto ON
Open to NANPS members and the general public, refreshments provided. The event is free, but we ask that you register to reserve your spot.

Before our AGM, from 9:00 – 11:30 am, join the Park People in the Garden Hall for a native plant workshop. It is free, but please Register

03 Nov

2nd Annual Ravine Symposium, Information Table
Date: Friday November 3, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:40 pm
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden

Through tours, talks, panel discussions, displays and networking, this year’s event will continue the conversations and strengthen the connections initiated at last year’s event. More info about the event here

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.

10 Jun

Awesome and educational! Those are the words to describe the Bioblitz in Caledon on June 10 and 11th. Thank you Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy(EBC), Richard Aaron, and to all who participated in the Blitz at the Simmons Nature Reserve. Many flora and fauna species were seen and recorded. It was hot, sticky, and the mosquitoes were eating us alive, but people were still interested in learning about the wildlife in the reserve. Some of the flora observed included ninebark, mountain maple, Eastern white cedar, alternate-leaved dogwood, red and white trilliums, wild and woodland strawberry. Some of the fauna observed included American toad, wood frog, red-backed salamander, and Eastern garter snake.

28 May

Christie Pits Plant Sale
Sunday May 28, 2017, noon to 4 pm
Christie Pits
Toronto, ON

20 May

Artisans at Work Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11 am to 4 pm
Plant Sale
Artisans at Work
Toronto, ON

13 May

Markham Plant Sale
Saturday, May 13, 2017, noon to 3 pm
Markham Civic Centre
Markham, ON

29 Apr

Plant Faire, Information Table
Royal Botanical Garden, Rock Garden Visitor Centre and Parking Lot
,Saturday April 29, 10:00am to 3:00pm

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

07 Apr

Peterborough Garden Show, Information Table
Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9, 2017
Peterborough Garden Show
Peterborough, ON

10 Mar

Canada Blooms, Information Table
Friday March 10 to Tuesday March 14, 2017
Enercare Centre
Toronto, ON

25 Feb

Seedy Saturday, Information Tables, 2017
Saturday February 25, 2017
Toronto Botanical Garden
Toronto ON

Saturday March 4, 2017
Newmarket ON

Saturday April 1, 2017
Scarborough ON

22 Feb

Native Plants for Multi-Season Shade Gardens, Frank Kershaw

18 Feb

Get the Jump on Spring, Information Table
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, Toronto ON

28 Jan

Guelph Organic Conference, Information Table
Date: Saturday January 28 and Sunday January 29, 2017
Location: Guelph Organic Conference, Guelph ON

07 Jan

Master Gardeners Technical Update, Information Table
Saturday January 7, 2017
Toronto Botanical Garden, Toronto ON

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.