Edmonton Native Plant Society
native plant stewards

Recent Notices:

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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April 8, Monday - Edmonton Nature Club Plant Study Group
Plants from Near and Far: A triple-bill presented by our local botanists:
Wildflowers of Waterton
Patrick Kyle, local naturalist and photographer, has been visiting Waterton Lakes National Park in June for their Wildflower Festivals and taken hundreds of photos of wildflowers, in this, the most biodiverse area of Alberta, He will share his best shots.

Fort Saskatchewan Prairie native plants
Manna Parseyan, keen ENC botanist and birder, photographer and member of the Edmonton Native Plant Society, will show some of the beautiful grassland species that grow in the City of Fort Saskatchewan’s Prairie Reserve, of which she is a steward.

Curiouser and curiouser: A wander through some amazing landscapes to see some of the oddest plants ever!
Lorna Allen, botanist and former plant community specialist with Alberta Parks, will treat us to some of the strange and beautiful exotics she has come across in the course of her travels.
Time: 7:30 pm, doors at 7:00.
Location: Room L 116 at The King’s University, 9125 50 Street
Admission: Free, although membership in the Edmonton Nature Club is recommended.

April 27, Saturday - Edmonton Resilience Festival
The Edmonton Native Plant Society will have an information booth and Cherry Dodd will give a talk on “ Native Flowers, an easy way to attract native bees and other beneficial bugs. “ at 4:00 p.m.
For more info on the festival: http://www.edmontonresiliencefestival.com
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Waldorf Independent School 7211 96a Ave NW, Edmonton
Admission: The festival and local market are free to attend (no tickets needed), and workshops are offered on a donation basis (most with a minimum amount of $5 or $10 plus material costs)

April 30, Tuesday - Devonian Public Library Gardening Series
Manna Parseyan of the Edmonton Native Plant Society will give a presentation on ”Gardening with Native Wildflowers”. Creating wildflower gardens is considered a low-cost alternative to high maintenance gardening. Planting with native species benefits our environment, the wildlife and overall health of our communities. Many wildflowers prefer poor soil and inattention, making them ideal for tough to maintain areas of your property.
The talk will describe the differences between Native and Invasive plants, provide information about different native plant habitats, and give details about some of the most common and easy to grow plants native to the Edmonton Area.
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Devon Public Library, 101 17 Athabasca Avenue
Admission: Although the talk is free and all are welcome, please phone 780-987-3720 to register as attendance is limited to 50 people.

Spring 2019 Plant Study Group Outings
As an extension to the Plant ID Course held last year we are planning several field trips this spring. Everybody is welcome to attend these trips.
Timing of early spring outings is very weather dependant; so we cannot give any specific dates or destinations at this stage.
In general, we are planning to start in the middle of April and have short weekday (within City limits/ Wednesdays) and longer weekend (within one hour’s drive/ Saturdays) trips, ideally every week.
Please watch the calendar on the Edmonton Nature Club website and notices on other social media (Edmonton Nature Club  and Edmonton Native Plant Society Facebook groups/pages and websites) for upcoming specific details.

... 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 - April 2019_1.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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