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
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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 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


June 9 - 12 - Metro Edmonton BioDiverCity Challenge 2022 The purpose of this event is to see how many wild species can be found in the Edmonton area over the four-day period. It's a great way to get people out appreciating nature, and to generate important observations of the wild species that share the Edmonton area with us. It covers all living things, from birds, bugs, and plants, to fungi and algae. Domestic plants and animals are excluded.
The bioblitz is based on the iNaturalist app (https://inaturalist.ca/). All iNaturalist submissions made in the metro Edmonton area over those dates will automatically be tabulated. It's not necessary to formally "join" the project within the iNaturalist app to have your observations counted, but you do need an iNaturalist account to submit observations. You can see a map of how we've defined the "metro Edmonton area" here: https://inaturalist.ca/projects/metro-edmonton-biodivercity-challenge-2022
Observation Dates: observations must be made between 12:01AM June 9, and midnight June 12, 2022.

Front Yard in Bloom 2022 The Hunt for Natural Yards Continues . . . Now open for nominations. Front Yard in Bloom is a partnership between the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Horticultural Society and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. ENPS is an important contributor to Front Yard in Bloom by judging the Natural Yard category. Over the years ENPS has been instrumental in encouraging gardeners to plant native plants in their yards to make their front yards attractive for local wildlife like bees, birds, butterflies and other insects - a yard that changes over the seasons as different seasonal flowers come into bloom, berries and fruits ripen and leaves change colour.
Nominations are now open! Go to Front Yards in Bloom | City of Edmonton  to nominate yards.  Keep an eye out for the Natural Yards in your neighbourhood and any other beautiful yards! Nominations close June 30.

Sunday, June 19 -  Wagner Natural Area Orchid walk Come out and walk the trail to see the spring orchids in bloom. There will be tours along the Marl Pond Trail with leaders from the Wagner Natural Area Society. Come join us!
Where: Meet at the Wagner Natural Area Parking lot.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pollinator Walks The ENPS is partnering with the Alberta Native Bee Council to offer two guided walks during pollinator week which takes place from June 20-26. The first walk will take place at Bunchberry Meadows in the evening of Wednesday, June 22nd and the second will be at Fort Saskatchewan Prairie on Saturday, June 25th. Registration and details will soon be available at https://www.albertanativebeecouncil.ca/events

July 8-10 - Botany Alberta in the Peace Country - Alberta Native Plant Council
There will be a meet and greet Friday evening. Saturday will be spent at Kleskun Hill Natural Area, with a gathering that evening. Sunday will be at Young’s Point Provincial Park. To RSVP or request more information contact Anna at amozolik@gmail.com

Having trouble telling one aster or goldenrod from the next?

Key to the Asters.pdf
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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.
WN - June 2022 Special Edition - Native plant rescue.pdf
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Wildflower News - June 2022r.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.

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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