Edmonton Native Plant Society
native plant stewards

Recent Notices:

If you’re just starting to garden with native plants and not quite sure on what get, have a look at a list of favourite plants of pollinators - a rundown of some of the best species and the conditions that they prefer:
Plants for Pollinators - What to choose....pdf
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Why is Gibbons Badlands Important?

A few days ago ENPS was alerted to the fact that snowmobilers are accessing the badland escarpment via the frozen Sturgeon River.
We fear snowmobile damage – deeper ruts – will only get worse as the thaw sets in in the next few days. Giving the snowmobilers the benefit of the doubt and assuming that they have no idea of what they are doing, they are likely undoing all the healing of ATV and snowmobile damage in the past that has taken place over the last three years since the top of bank reserve fencing was put in!
Click on the file below to check out why the prairie deserves protection:
Gibbons Badlands Prairie.pdf
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Lifetime ENPS Membership

You can now become an Edmonton Native Plant Society member for life.  Memberships are $20 and can be purchased by emailing EdmontonNPSociety@gmail.com or visit one of our booths at plant events in your area.
Edmonton Native Plant Society
Board Members:

President: Judith Golub
Past President: Cherry Dodd
Vice-president: Patsy Cotterill
Secretary: Kate Spencer
Treasurer: Trudy Haracsi
Membership: Vivianne Todd
Liz Deleeuw
Mary-Jo Flanagan-Gurba
Adrian Jones
Manna Parseyan
Barry Storeshaw

Board members may be reached at:

Where to see Wildflowers in and around Edmonton

"Within 50 km of Edmonton (and within the city of Edmonton itself), there are many sites that hide a treasure-trove of plants to view."
Lorna Allen, recently retired as Alberta Conservation Information Systems Coordinator and Senior Ecologist with Alberta Parks, compiled this list, complete with maps and directions, of where to find some of our local flora.
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Living With the Land - use of plants by the native people of Alberta

An out-of-print publication from the mid-70's by Alberta Culture. Compiled by Joan Kerik with Illustrations by Steve Fisher.
Unfortunately, the Index is upside-down, but a look at how our native plants were used before the explorers and settlers came.
Living With The Land Text.pdf
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from Public Pastures - Public Interest...

Grasslands are the most endangered, the most altered and yet the least protected ecosystem on the planet. They contain more Species at Risk than any other region of the country.

The Community Pastures in Saskatchewan contain some of the largest, best managed and biodiverse rich blocks of remaining native grasslands in North America. A conservation network will not only protect our grasslands but support Canada's biodiversity Target 1 to protect 17% of all terrestrial areas and inland water.

Native Prairie - Manage it Today to Appreciate it Tomorrow

A workbook developed by ANPC's affiliate Prairie Conservation Action Committee and partners contains information and exercises on range health, range management, species at risk, invasive species and riparian areas. Available to all at http://www.pcap-sk.org/rsu_docs/documents/107210-PCAP-WORKBOOK_final-web.pdf. PCAP requests all users notify them at pcap@sasktel.net for their internal reporting purposes.

Common Wetlands Plants of the Edmonton Area brochure

Available from ENPG for $2.00 and from the Wildbird General Store, 4712 99 St.

A list of common, sedges, grasses and rushes of the Edmonton area.

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Recommended Reading - a book review by Patsy Cotterill

Nature in Fragments .pdf
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Butterfly ID - The Edmonton and Area Land Trust has released a Butterfly Identification Guide to help visitors to EALT Conservation Lands identify common butterflies on their properties. 
This brochure aims to spark interest in butterfly species and conservation and outlines how you can help protect important butterfly habitat and where you can learn more.
The free brochure is available on the EALT website:  Butterfly_ID_Guide.pdf
New free

Common Coulee Plants of Southern Alberta
John Bain, University of Lethbridge biology professor, and June Flanagan, Lethbridge botanist, author and photographer, teamed up to revise Job Kuijt’s popular guide to some of our most beautiful and interesting native prairie plants in this new full colour electronic edition.
Download your free copy and discover what’s blooming in southern Alberta this season!
Free download is made available by the University of Lethbridge Herbarium courtesy of the University of Lethbridge Library www.uleth.ca/dspace/handle/10133/3376

Wildflowers of Edmonton brochure

Common Wildflowers of the Edmonton Area.

Available for $2.00 at:
Wildbird General Store
4712-99 Street,
Earth's General Store
9605-82 Avenue, Edmonton

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Edmonton Native Plant Society and the Edmonton Nature Club - As an extension of the Plant ID Course held last year a series of Plant ID Walks are being scheduled. All are welcome, although membership in ENC is recommended.
Thursday, May 2 - Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area
Time: 9:30 to noon
Sunday, May 12 - Halfmoon Lake Natural Area
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
For details of these events consult the calendar of the ENC website (edmontonnatureclub.org/calendar.html)
Additional Walks later in May will also be posted on the ENC calendar.  

Saturday, May 11 - that Bloomin’ Garden Show and Art Sale - Garden info and sales; artisans; gallery artists; and music. ENPS will have lots of Edmonton area native wildflowers and seeds for sale. Further info: click here.
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 93 St. and 118 Ave.
Admission: Free

Saturdays, May 11 and May 25 - Garlic Mustard Pulls - Edmonton Native Plant Group and the City of Edmonton are once again working together to help remove prohibited noxious garlic mustard from the Mill Creek Ravine area. Volunteers are needed to come and help remove this weed. Water and light snacks will be provided.
For further information: Garlic Mustard Pulls To sign up: volunteer
Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Location: Meet at the corner of 91 St. and 77 Ave.
Admission: Free

Saturday, May 11 - A Day in Dawson - Sharing Stewardship and Breaking Bread While Learning to Love the Land - litter clean-up, a picnic, live music, and nature speakers. The Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition will be partnering with Waste-Free Edmonton. Patsy Cotterill of the Edmonton Native Plant Society plans to lead some nature walks focusing on local botany. ENPS hopes to have a table with native seeds and plants; if you would like to volunteer for a 2-hour shift please email engedmonton@gmail.com
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Dawson Park picnic shelter (very close to a parking lot)
Admission: Free

Saturday, May 25 - Fulton Place Gardener’s Swap - This is always an excellent perennial exchange and it also includes a garden books and garden tools and pots swap.
ENPS always donates to the exchange and we also have a table where we sell local native perennial flowers that are organically grown.
Time: 9:00 am to noon
Location: Fulton Community League, 6115 Fulton Road
Admission: Free

Monday, May 27 - Edmonton Horticulture Society talk - ENPS will have a table in the foyer and we will be selling local native perennial flowers before and after the talk.
Time: 6:45 to 9:00 pm
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre - 11113 113 St
Admission: Free to members, non-members $10.00

Saturday, June 1 - Strathcona in Bloom Native Plant Sale  As a fundraiser for Strathcona in Bloom, the Edmonton Native Plant Society will be selling native wildflowers. For info and a map: click here.
Time: 9:00 am to noon
Location: Broadmoor Lake Park - Plaza
Admission: free

... is a monthly e-newsletter sent out by ENPG, that focuses on gardening with native plants. There is a list of up-coming events, news, one or two articles, and a 'Wildflower of the Month' or 'Plant Family'.
Wildflower News - May 2019.pdf
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Want to attract butterflies and bees to your garden? Here's a list of native plants adapted from Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies by The Xerces Society.
The book is available from the ENPG Library.
Native Plants for Bees and Butterflies handout.pdf
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Pollen and Nectar Plants Table _1.pdf
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You can also check out the different plants here, on our website.
We are also working on adding plants to the index.

ENPG activities

Here is a look at some of what we've done in the last couple of years - ENPG's take on an annual report!
ENPS 2018 Activities.pdf
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The above are large files. It will say it can't be previewed, but wait for the 'open', where it can be opened in Preview or downloaded.

Ignore the "Dropbox Sign in..." and be patient. It is a LARGE file!

ENPG 2014 activities.pdf
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ENG 2013 activities.pdf
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ENG 2012 Activities.pdf
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Edmonton Native Plant Group has published Go Wild, a book on 'Easy to Grow Native Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses'.


ENG has a number of books, magazines and other publications on native plants and related subjects that are available for borrowing.

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