Edmonton Native Plant Society
native plant stewards

Recent Notices:

NEW - ENPS is looking for a summer horticultural technician. See details below:

Hort Tech job posting .pdf
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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: Kate Spencer
Past President: Judith Golub
Vice-president: Liz DeLeeuw
Secretary: Patsy Cotterill
Treasurer: Kate Wilson
Membership: Judith Golub
Cherry Dodd
Mary-Jo Gurba-Flanagan
Patrick Kyle
Kathleen Mpulubusi
Manna Parseyan
Natasha Stairs

Board members may be reached at:

ENPG has a Facebook page


Saturday, May 7th - Spring Clean-Up at Wagner Natural Area - Pick-a-little, tote-a-little and before you know it, Wagner is almost pristine again! Anyone who wants to volunteer is much appreciated. Some snacks and water available. Bring rubber boots and gloves. Bags and pick-up sticks provided. Tasks simple—smiles, free!
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Location: Wagner Natural Area - meet at the parking lot.

Saturday, May 14th - Bloomin’ Garden Sale 2022 - ENPS will have native plants at this market, at outdoor tables. People are encouraged to wear masks if they wish, and masks and [hand] sanitizer will be provided on site.
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Location: Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 9210 118 Avenue, Edmonton.

Tuesday, May 17 - ENPS presentation - Intro to Riparian Areas, and the Important Role that Plants Play
Presenters are Tonya Lwiwski with Angie Quist. Tonya has been a Riparian Specialist with Cows and Fish for four years, and is based out of Edmonton. One of her favourite aspects about working with Cows and Fish is the time she gets to spend talking about riparian plants, whether teaching plant ID basics during a field day, or mentoring Cows and Fish field staff with advanced ID. She has a love of all plants large and small, but has a particular soft spot for native prairie grasses. Angie Quist is a Riparian Specialist for the Cows and Fish Eastern Slopes Project. Ranging from South of Sundre to South of Grande Prairie, Angie works with communities and landowners in the northern reaches of the eastern slopes on riparian management to increase watershed and ecological resiliency.
Time: 7:00 pm
Please register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAodu-gqTooG9LS8I7FMUqVOxIvYVYszZaJ
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Saturday, May 28 - Fulton Place Spring Swap and Sale
Information will be available from Alberta Invasive Species Group, and the Edmonton Native Plant Group will be bringing native plants for the swap. Hope to see you there, rain or shine. Please bring your mask and gardening gloves.
For more information https://www.fultonplace.org/gardeners-swap-sale
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
Location: Fulton Place Community League Hall (6115 Fulton Rd).

June 9 -12 - Edmonton BioCity Challenge https://biodivercity.ca
City Nature Challenge (CNC) is an event to document the biodiversity of nature occurring within a particular city. Participate by downloading iNaturalist at inaturalist.ca, search for and join the BiodiverCity Challenge project for your region. More details will be available in the June 2022 Wildflower News and on the ENPS Facebook page.

Having trouble telling one aster or goldenrod from the next?

Key to the Asters.pdf
click to download
Key to Goldenrods_1.pdf
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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, and one or two articles.
Wildflower News - May 2022 r.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
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!
2021 AGM Pres report ENPS Activities R .pdf
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2020 AGM Pres report_1.pdf
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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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