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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Saturday, March 9 - Wagner Natural Area Society Annual General Meeting - Guest speaker, Dr. Vern Peters, Ecology Professor, The King's University will talk on Alberta as home: An exploration of what this place is for, and how to dwell in it. Stories connect us to place and shape our sense of identity. Dr. Peters will be taking us on a visual field trip from Edmonton, extending across the prairies, forests, and mountains, with an ecological perspective on the unique story of creation, unfolded beneath our feet.
Dr. Peters has a background of particular relevance to Wagner Natural Area. He has worked reassembling native prairie with Ducks Unlimited, researched sustainable forest management practices in Alberta, studied conserving endangered pines, and served as a federal research scientist on wildfire. Through his teaching at The King's University, his focus is on stewardship.
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm - a brief business meeting, followed by the guest presentation and snacks.
Location: Orchid Species Preservation Foundation Facility, 4457 - 99 Street, Edmonton

Admission: Free to both members and the public. If you plan to attend, please email: info@wagnerfen.ca

Monday, March 11 - Edmonton Nature Club Plant Study Group - Ecological Restoration: guiding principles and the reality of implementation
Sheldon Helbert, of Polymath Environmental Consulting, and a Certified Ecology Restoration Practitioner, will describe the guiding principles of the discipline used in planning, designing, implementing and monitoring restoration projects. This will set the stage for a discussion of some of the challenges and opportunities that ecological restoration practitioners are faced with when conducting their work. Sheldon’s talk is based on his experiences with projects in western Canada.

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Room L116, The King’s University, 9125 50 Street.

Admission: Free, although membership in the Edmonton Nature Club is encouraged

(Please note: EPSG meetings will be held from now on in Room L116 of The King’s University, located at 9125 50 Street. The best way to access the room is to go east on 92 Avenue and turn south into the student parking lot on the east side of the building. The main entrance about halfway down the building leads into The Atrium and Room L116 is located behind and accessed by a door off a corridor to the right.)

Saturday, March 9 - Sherwood Park Seedy Saturday - is a day for gardening learning and fun. There will be information talks and a variety of vendors and ENPS will be there with native seeds for sale to start your 2019 season.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glory Lutheran Church, 22577 Highway 16, Sherwood Park
Admission: By donation

Sunday, March 17 - Edmonton Seedy Sunday - Free presentations and demonstrations about gardening, seed vendors, including ENPS, children's crafts and much, much more. For more info:
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors' Recreation Centre, 11113-113 St.
Admission: By donation

Saturday, March 30 - Stony Plain Seedy Saturday - Come out and shop for seeds and gardening goodies, learn about local food and services, and sit in for a session on gardening topics. Family-friendly, small concession on site.
ENPS will be there.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: PERC Building Gym, 5413 51 St, Stony Plain
Admission: Free, but food bank donation is requested

... 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 - March 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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