Edmonton Native Plant Society
native plant stewards

Recent Notices:

Harvesting and Foraging in Edmonton Parkland including the River Valley and Ravine Systems is Illegal - Bylaw 2202

People wildcrafting and foraging in the river valley and ravine system has increased with the rise in popularity of herbal medicines, and food, and most people have no idea of ethical gathering, (and even ethical gathering following the 10% rule is problematic - if 15-20 people over the course of a week each take 10%, what's left?) let alone knowing that it is actually illegal.

Many of us have become deeply concerned about the promotion of, and amount of, native plants being harvested in the river valley system. It is now clearly established, with legal review, that under Edmonton By-Law 2202 foraging and harvesting in the Edmonton River Valley is illegal. There is more to these actions than just the harvesting: not staying on maintained trails, collecting for commercial purposes, etc.
Bylaw 2202 states:  
“The purpose of this bylaw is to regulate the conduct and activities of people on Parkland (WN note: ‘parkland refers to the river valley system, including ravines, and public land) in order to promote the safe, enjoyable and reasonable use of such property and to protect and preserve natural ecosystems for the benefit of all citizens of the City.”
Under the Preservation of natural areas section, the following is stated:
“While on Parkland no person shall:
- enter into any undeveloped or natural area other than on an Improved Trail or an Unimproved Trail;
- remove any rock, gravel, sand or soil;
- move, remove, cut or damage any tree, shrub, flower, other plant or deadfall
Many people feel that our natural areas are their untapped grocery stores or pharmacies. They fail or refuse to even think about their negative impacts on the overall eco-system or to individual plant, animal, bird and insect species that all rely on every aspect of a healthy habitat. The Park Ranger Service, however, will tolerate folks gathering items for personal consumption, limited in scope/volume and respecting what is laid out in 2202. For example a person is free to pick and eat a handful of berries as they walk along a trail.
Wild harvesting to collect commercial quantities of plant material, or even occasional collecting for things like decorative arrangements, medicinal value, or berries for jam or freezing, can have serious impacts on both the target plant species and the surrounding habitat.
If anyone should notice harvesting of native plants happening in our river valley, please report any and every such incident in a prompt and detailed manner by either calling or e-mailing 311. Perhaps takes a photo of the activity as well.

Why is Gibbons Badlands Important?

Click on the file below to check out why the prairie deserves protection:
Gibbons Badlands Prairie.pdf
click to download

Lifetime ENPS Membership

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

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

Board members may be reached at:

ENPG has a Facebook page


June 11 - 14 - Edmonton BiodiverCITY Challenge
The ENPS supports the Edmonton BiodiverCITY Challenge organized by the Alberta Biomonitoring Institute (ABMI). The purpose is to document biological species present in urban centres.
In Edmonton, the name has morphed to “Edmonton BiodiverCITY Challenge” along with a change in dates from April to June. Details and updates about the event can be found at biodivercity.ca. NatureLynx is the preferred platform for reporting observations, and the app can be downloaded on desktop and mobile devices by going to naturelynx.ca, hit sign up, create username and password and you are ready to go. It will help if you familiarize yourself with the functions Newsfeed, Species Gallery, Add Sighting, Groups and Missions. To participate in the BiodiverCITY event go to Missions and join. The simplest way to report an observation is to take your mobile phone to your favourite site, log in, hit the camera icon, take a picture (up to 5), provide species name and species group (can be left as unknown) and submit. Alternatively, you can take a picture with your camera, import it on your desktop device and the upload it to the NatureLynx app using similar procedures as for the mobile device.
In the early planning stages of the event a series of group activities was envisaged, but due to COVID-19 everything has gone to individual observations. Nevertheless, we are attempting some virtual coordination. Whitemud North, Whitemud South, Terwillegar, Hermitage, Kennedale Ravine and Rundle Park have been declared hotspots for observations. However, observing in any part of the City is acceptable.
Hubert Taube, at taubeha@shaw.ca, is the ENPS lead for this event and will be responsible for any coordination activities. Please contact him for any clarifications, any indication of participation etc.

June 27 - ENPS native Plant Sale - Finally, with the easing of the COVID restrictions, we are going to hold a sale of native plants. Observing precautions still in place such as the the 6’ distancing, and wearing of masks will be appreciated.
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Parking lot in front of the Orchid Resource Centre, 4457 99 St NW

Having trouble telling one aster or goldenrod from the next?

Key to the Asters.pdf
click to download
Key to Goldenrods_1.pdf
click to download

Illustrated Keys to the Vascular Plants of Alberta

April 2019 / January 2020

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

click to download

... 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 - July 2020.pdf
click to download
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
click to download
Pollen and Nectar Plants Table _1.pdf
click to download
You can also check out the different plants here, on our website.
We are also working on adding plants to the index.

ENPS 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
click to download

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
click to download
ENG 2013 activities.pdf
click to download
ENG 2012 Activities.pdf
click to download


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