Recent Notices:

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


Nature Conservancy of Canada Volunteer Event List: (Click on the heading for more information)

July 5, Saturday - On the Trail to Coyote LakeNear Thorsby, AB - Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada on the trails of the Coyote Lake Nature Sanctuary on the annual trip to clean-up the site and maintain the trail network. This year’s event features a breakfast-themed bonus you won’t want to miss!

July 10, Thursday - Living Lawrence - Phase 1 - Pine Lake, AB - Be part of an ongoing initiative to restore an ecologically significant property bordering Pine Lake! In phase one of this multi-stage re-vegetation project, we’ll be cleaning up debris and invasive species from a riparian area earmarked for native tree and shrub planting in the fall.

July 11, Friday - Whoops-a-Daisy
Near Tofield, AB - Double your fun by taking a trip to NCC's beautiful Haselgruber and Smith properties to help remove invasive oxeye daisy from the sensitive lakefront areas, and tackle other maintenance projects. A guest speaker will join us at lunch to talk about research initiatives taking place around the Miquelon Lakes Complex
July 19 - Thistle Be Awesome Near Devon, AB - Join us at Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary for our 9th Annual Thistle Pull, and be part this ongoing success story. Back by popular demand, we’ll be serving up a round of appetizers made from edible invasive species for everyone to enjoy!

July 12, Saturday - Weed Pull Kennedale Ravine - The City of Edmonton is holding a weed pull to help rid the Ravine of massive infestations of Himalayan Balsam and Garlic Mustard, both on the prohibited noxious weeds list.
Time: 10 am – 2:00 pm (The event will be rescheduled to Sunday July 13, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm if cancelled due to bad weather on Saturday.)
Location: Meet at Hermitage Park at the north end by the entrance to the dog park. (2115 Hermitage Road)
For more information:

July 31, Thursday - Planting for Pollinators - Volunteer to help the City of Edmonton plant native trees, shrubs and wildflowers to create habitat for bees, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators near the John Janzen Nature Centre pond. Bring the whole family - there will be a bonfire later and information about the benefits of native plants and what to plant to encourage bees, butterflies and other bugs. ENPG will be there to help, and will likely have some native plants for sale. Sign up to volunteer at For more information phone 311.
Time: Planting - 5:30-8:30 pm:
Bonfire - 7:00-8:30 pm.
Location: John Janzen Nature Centre -
7000 134 Street - Whitemud
Drive and Fox Drive

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 - July 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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