NANPS AGMs & Socials

Every Fall, the North American Native Plant Society holds its annual general meeting and social. Awards are presented, and it is an opportunity to hear about what NANPS has accomplished over the past year.


Date: Saturday October 28, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
Location: Online

You are invited to our 2023 NANPS AGM on Zoom. Anyone from across North America is welcome to attend but only members have voting privileges.

You can register to attend here


Date: Saturday October 29, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
Location: Online

Agenda: each section is approximately 30 minutes

1. Business Basics
– financial report by treasurer and auditor
– voting in of 2022-2023 board and thanks to departing directors
– recap of last year’s activities with video segment

2. Discussion about NANPS properties, particularly the possibility to sell Shining Tree Woods to Long Point Basin Land Trust
– introduction and brief visual presentation
– discussion by membership, including time for questions

3. Discussion about NANPS forming a public advocacy strategy for naturalized gardens in the wake of bylaw infractions and the climate crisis

4. Video Garden Contest
– playing of top entries
– awarding of 2022 prizes


Date: Saturday October 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT
Location: Online

2021 Native Garden Video Contest

Congratulations to the Finalists of the native garden video contest.
First prize
Sayeh Beheshti, Toronto Ontario

Brenda Near, Zephyr, Ontario
Kimberlee Adams, Mulmur, Ontario
John Magee, Middleburg, Virginia

Highlands Biological Station, Highlands North Carolina


Date: Saturday October 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Location: Online

The 2020 annual general meeting was held via Zoom, allowing long-distance members to “attend”, some for the first time. Sixty native plant enthusiasts from Sarnia, Hamilton, Windsor, Montreal and Greater Toronto Area tuned in.

Group Chat Discussion Topic: What are the major issues (positive and negative) you are facing regarding native plants in your local area?

2020 Native Garden Video Contest

Congratulations to the Finalists and Grand Prize winner of the native garden video contest. The videos are still available to view on our social media; Instagram Twitter and Facebook.

Grand Prize
1) Sayeh, Toronto

Finalists, in order of time of submission
1) Dylan & Cassandra, Niagara Falls
2) Laura, Whitchurch-Stouffville
3) Mike, Chatham-Kent
4) Baz, Peterborough
5) Kimberlee, Mulmur


Date: Saturday October 26, 2019
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E, Toronto ON

2018 NANPS AGM & Social

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2018 AGM & Social at the Toronto Botanical Garden. This year NANPS partnered with Ontario Nature and hosted their Ontario North Regional meeting as part of our AGM.

The NANPS Volunteer Award went to two invaluable volunteers this year: Dilys Bowman and Ryan Godfrey, who both generously contribute their time, extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for native plants with NANPS.

The 2018 Founders Conservation Award was presented to Riverwood Conservancy, a 150-acre property in Mississauga, Ontario. Their focus is on gardens, stewardship, native plant propagation and environmental education. The conservancy provides a beautiful green space open to the public every day of the year.

Paul Heydon was the recipient of the Richard Woolger Cultivation Award. Paul is a biologist and landscape designer who operates Grow Wild!, a small company that provides biological consulting, ecological restoration, ELC surveying and contract growing for native tree and plant restoration projects. He will lead a seed cultivation workshop on March 2, 2019.

The 2018 NANPS Garden Award went to Susan Beharriell, a King City, Ontario gardener whose property includes pollinator-friendly gardens, a pond, walking trails and more. Susan gave a presentation on the steps she took planning and planting her garden.

We are grateful to Alan Colley, of Toronto Aboriginal EcoTours for leading a hike through the ravines of Wilket Creek Park.

Thank you also to our partners at In The Zone Gardens and the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy, for having their information booths (& native plants!) at the event.


November 4, 2017
Thank you to our members, volunteers and Board members for making our AGM & Social a great day! Over 60 people joined us Saturday November 4th at the Toronto Botanical Garden to learn what NANPS has accomplished over the year, to honour volunteers and Board members, and listen to our keynote speaker.
Dr. Jon Johnson, of First Story Toronto, presented an engaging talk on the Indigenous Environmental History of Toronto. Through maps, pictures, and stories, Jon walked us through the geography, languages, people, animals and plants of the area we now think of as Toronto. Even if you missed the AGM, visit First Story Toronto to learn about their work, download their smartphone app that will introduce you to Toronto’s Indigenous history, or to book a walking or bus tour in a Toronto neighbourhood!

The 2017 Richard Woolger Cultivation Award Winner was Karen Abrahams of Native Plants in Claremont, and the Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Karen Boniface.


October 15, 2016
Our 2016 AGM took place at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Harry Jongerden, Executive Director, spoke about plans and aspirations for “The New TBG: A 21st Century Botanic Garden” which would include more naturalized areas and native plants. He began with a question “So what is a botanical garden anyway?” Within this context, the purposes of education, conservation, science and display are blended together in a shift towards ecosystems and less on unique and exotic species.

Board member, Adam Mohamed, paid tribute to our founder, Jim French, by speaking of Jim’s many accomplishments and contributions to the native plant world. A Celebration of Jim’s Life was held by his family concurrently with the AGM. Jim was and will be greatly missed, especially as a regular speaker at our AGM. In 1986, Jim had the imagination to found an organization to appreciate, cultivate and protect native plants, now known as NANPS. He was its first president and was a director for many years. He was instrumental in acquiring Shining Tree Woods and Zincan Cove. He created a native plant Eden at his Stoney Lake cottage property which he gradually transformed into a nature preserve, he became known locally as “Wildflower Willie”.

The Garden Award was presented to Paul Nichols of Oakville. To see before and after photos go to garden awards. The Volunteer Award was presented to Alexandrina Canto Thaler for her many years of volunteering.

The keynote speaker, Brandon Larson, Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, spoke about “Redefining our Relationship with Nature: The Case of Invasive Species.”


October 3, 2015
NANPS was pleased to present the first Richard Woolger Cultivation Award. Miriam Henriques gave a brief overview about the award, and Richard’s connection and relevance to NANPS, especially his ability to successfully cultivate woodland plants, which are often rare and difficult. The recipient of the award is Feter Fuller of Fuller Native and Rare Plants Nursery in Belleville, Ontario. Peter was very appreciative for this recognition of his work. He spoke about his nursery (six years in operation) and some of the techniques used in propagation native plants, and particularly how well some species responded to mycorrhizal inoculated seed mixes. He expressed keen interest in future connections with NANPS.

Volunteer Award was presented to Anne Butt and Peter Kelly.

Jeffrey Milgram, our auditor, presented the financial report as well as showing us some of his mushroom photos and stories from his foraging experiences.

Susan Walmer gave an overview about the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust. She included a special recognition and thank you to Darcy McKelvey who has placed an easement on her property with ORMLT. Darcy has been a long time member of NANPS as well as former board member.

Susan Chan, a pollination biologist and expert on native bees,gave a very well informed presentation Native Plants from a Bee’s Perspective. She spoke about our native bees, and how they impact the creation of the all important seeds. She followed up with a discussion on the impact and dangers inherent in the use of neonics on plants and subsequently on our bee populations. In her role as program manager of “Farms at Work”, Susan works with regional farmers and landowners to protect and encourage wild pollinators.


November 15, 2014
We are pleased to acknowledge our North American Native Plant Society Award winners for 2014:

Garden Award winner Alan Bell with presenter Greg Hagen

Paul Foster with his NANPS Garden Award (Honourable Mention)

Paul Foster with his NANPS Garden Award (Honourable Mention)

Garden Award Winner 2014 Angelique-Marie Mori

Garden Award Winner Angelique-Marie Mori

Click on the image above to see a thank you message from Red Mountain Campus.

The North American Native Plant Society would also like to acknowledge Vivienne Denton, co-winner of our Volunteer of the Award who was unable to attend the ceremony at our annual general meeting.