Recent Notices:

Harvesting Seeds

September is harvest time and also seed harvest time. It's very easy to collect seeds from native plants. Fluffy seeds are ready when they separate easily from the parent plant. Capsules and pods are ready when they are brown or beige, and dry and brittle. Place your seeds in paper bags or paper envelopes to finish drying. Store them away from the sun and remember to label them well. For more detailed instructions, go to:
Harvesting Seeds.pdf
click to download
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 e-book!
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

We have a couple of new articles written by ENG members:

Plant Communities are Dynamic Ecosystemsby Patsy Cotterill

To many people, looking at vegetation from a landscape perspective, plant communities don’t change much. That forest has been there for as long as they can remember, and so has that lake or wetland. But, on a smaller scale, plant communities, like human cities, are not static; populations of plant species wax and wane, individuals die and are recruited, small disturbances alter the composition and appearance of parts of the system. Read the rest...
Plant Communities .pdf
click to download

In spite of the fact that things were simpler back then, I hated taxonomy when I had to learn it 50 years ago.

The species is the basis of the taxonomic system. All beings that are capable of breeding with each other are in one species. Yet, what do we mean by that? Dogs, wolves and coyotes all belong to the same species (Canis familiaris). So a great dane and a Chihuahua can.....well, maybe not. Nature also prevents some species from breeding or pollinating themselves as those of you who grow apples know.
Read the rest...
Animal, Vegetable, or ...pdf
click to download
ENG has collected a lot of seed from a lot of native plants and grasses.

If anyone wishes to obtain and grow any of these as either volunteer growers to supply ENG for plant sales (keeping some, of course, for yourself!) or for your own personal use, or to buy in large quantities - please contact: using ‘seed list’ as subject to make arrangements.
2013 Seed Lists.pdf
click to download

New brochure

ENG has a new brochure - Common Wildflowers of the Edmonton Area.
It will be available for $2.00 at: Wildbird General Store (4712-99 Street), Nature Alberta (3rd Floor, Percy Page Centre 11759 Groat Road) and Arch Greenhouse (3151-97 St.).

ENG's Corner


August 9, Saturday - Himalayan Balsam Weed Pullat Hermitage Park - Himalayan balsam is a prohibited noxious weed that has spread by seeds from private yards into Kennedale Ravine and is invading the natural ravine system where it excludes native plant species and negatively impacts riparian wildlife habitats.
This weed is easy to pull; no digging required. City of Edmonton staff will provide invasive weed identification training, safety vests, gloves, garbage bags etc. at the check-in and arrange pick up of the bags of pulled weeds. Bring family, neighbours and friends in appropriate clothing and footwear (rubber boots are recommended) and have some fun!
Time: 9:00 am - Noon
Location: Hermitage Park 2115 Hermitage Road NW. Park at the parking lots by the yellow gate and follow the signs to the weed pull check-in site to register.
Note: this weed pull is weather dependent. If weather is wet, check City of Edmonton Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates at:

August 10, Sunday - Weed ID Party!- Join Master Naturalists and members of the Edmonton Native Plant Group (ENPG) for an opportunity to learn a variety of weeds that are prevalent in our area. Spend about half an hour pulling weeds, see the native plants as well as some of the management and transplantation efforts made in order to enhance the nativeness of the Prairie. 
Fort Saskatchewan Prairie is a municipal reserve owned by the City of Fort Saskatchewan and is situated on sandy terraces running parallel to the North Saskatchewan River. ENPG and Fort Saskatchewan Naturalists Society are the stewards. 
Time: 1:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Fort Saskatchewan Prairie
Directions: Take Highway 21 to Fort Saskatchewan and Westpark Boulevard (second set of lights if you are coming from the south), turn left into Westpark Blvd, then right at the 3-way stop onto Westpark Drive. Continue along Westpark Drive past the spray park on your left until you each River Valley Drive, where you turn right. You will see a power line crossing running approximately north-south after a short distance past the houses, and a tarmac’d path leading uphill to your left. Park in a small bay to your right or along the road or even in a parking lot with facilities at the bottom of the hill (closer to the river). Return to the path and follow it south for a short distance till you reach a bulletin board and the north entrance to the Prairie.  
Note: This event will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Wear sturdy footwear as there are a lot of ants in the
Prairie, and we advise the use of gardening gloves.

Edmonton and Area Land Trust:
August 9, Saturday and August 20, Wednesday - Wind up the Wire at Golden Ranches- Help remove interior fencing and check out the property. Contact Steph at for details.
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

August 23, Saturday - Boisvert’s GreenWoods - Trail maintenance, and weeding. The trail goes through parkland forest, and just this week Stinkhorn fungi were quite visible, so they may still be around. There’s also tons of raspberries and saskatoons, which volunteers are welcome to pick (as well as some sweet rhubarb which the previous owner planted). Contact Rebecca at for details.
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

ENG has a Facebook page

... is a monthly e-newsletter sent out by ENG, 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'.
Wildflower News - August 2014.pdf
click to download

ENG activities

Here is a look at some of what we've done in the last couple of years - ENG's take on an annual report!
ENG 2012 Activities.pdf
click to download
ENG 2013 activities.pdf
click to download
Edmonton Naturalization Group has published Go Wild, a book on 'Easy to Grow Native Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses'.
You can also check out the different plants here, on our website.
Check out the index to search for a specific plant.
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 ENG Library.
Pollen and Nectar Plants Table _1.pdf
click to download


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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