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


September 6, Saturday - Fulton Place Community League perennial exchange and garden swap event- This has a wonderful friendly atmosphere. ENPG will be selling native plants: Monarda, Lilac-flowered Beardtongue, Slender Blue Beardtongue, Geum, Golden-aster, Gaillardia, Rocky Mountain Fescue, Blue Grama Grass, June Grass, Blue Flax, Canada Violets, Giant Hyssop, Pink Pussytoes. Fall is a great time to transplant.
Time: 9:00 am to noon
Location: Fulton Place Community League, 6115 Fulton Rd.

September 13, Saturday - Wind up the Wire at Ministik - Edmonton and Area Land Trust
Barbed wire from old fences can pose a danger to wildlife. Help us remove old wire at their Ministik property in Camrose County to make the area more wildlife friendly. Please bring gloves, fencing pliers and bucket for fence staples if you have them, otherwise they will be provided. Also bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, bug spray and wear sturdy shoes. Additional snacks and refreshments will be provided. Email to sign up or for more info.
Time: 8:30 am - 3 pm
Location: Ministik property near Miquelon Lake. Carpooling from an Edmonton location.

September 20, Saturday - LaPerle Community League Day and Plant Exchange - ENPG will be there with native plants and free seeds. If you could volunteer to help with this event, please email us:
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: 18611 - 97A Avenue

September 28, Sunday - City of Edmonton Free Admission Day - John Janzen Nature Centre and Muttart Conservatory - Edmonton Native Plant Group will be at both of these events with native plant seeds to give away, and tours of the native plant beds. Pick up a list of native plants to grow to support native pollinators.
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: John Janzen Nature Centre - 7000-143 Street, Whitemud Drive and Fox Drive. 

Muttart Conservatory - 9626 - 96A Street

(ENPG will require about 24 volunteers -12 for each site. If you are able to help out, please contact Liz - JJNC, or Judith -Muttart, at:

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 - September 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 ENPG 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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