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


Wednesday, August 3, Celebrating River Relationships!
The Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition in partnership with Swim Drink Fish is hosting an evening in the park to celebrate the natural diversity of Edmonton’s river valley and promote connection to nature within our local community. ENPS will have an information table there and you may bring photos for ID of what you think might be a native plant. Following the opening ceremony at 5:00 PM, enjoy interactive displays from local organizatons, snacks and refreshments, a water park, and a solar gazebo while deepening your understanding of water and wildlife in Edmonton's river valley. Please register for the event here.
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: Riverdale Solar Gazebo, 9231 100 Avenue Northwest Edmonton.
Admission: Free, but please register.

Wednesday, August 10 - Nature Alberta’s Family Nature Nights: Wetland Champions hosted by Alberta Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy, BLESS and Nature Alberta. For more info: Wetland Champions
In this festival-style event, families will explore the nature stations at their own pace. Complete your passport by visiting all activity stations and earn a prize! ENPS will be there. Will run rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, notice of cancellation will be posted on the NA Facebook page and in the Facebook Event Discussion.
Only a limited number of families can be accommodated at these events. Be sure to arrive early to secure your family’s spot.
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Registration from 6:00-7:00 pm.
Location: Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, 400 Ray Gibbon Dr., St. Albert
Admission: Free, but please register. Donations are appreciated!

Tuesday, August 16 - Forest Walk in Whitemud Ravine Park South
Join tree expert and forester Toso Bozic for a walk in Whitemud Ravine Park South. The trip will focus on urban forest ecology and, with Toso’s guidance, we will examine tree health and pathology, and community processes such as disturbance, erosion, invasive plants, succession and regeneration. We can discuss management issues in urban forests.
In the event of heavy rain being forecast, we will re-schedule but otherwise the walk will go ahead.
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Location: Park and meet in the Snow Valley parking lot.
Admission: Please register by emailing enpsvolunteer@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 21 - Garden Festival - ENPS will be in attendance with plants and seeds for sale.
Time: 11am - 4pm
Location: Parkdale/Cromdale Community Hall, 11335 85 Street NW, Edmonton.

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.
Wildflower News -August 2022 cr.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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