Monday, November 17, 2008

High Park Seed Collection

Yesterday, Nov. 16th, I had the honour of meeting with the High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program. These lovely folks invited me to participate in one of their seed collection events that take place periodically throughout the year. I was shown around the area by some extremely knowledgeable Toronto Parks staff who pointed out the bounty of plants that flourish in their nursery, 'swamp', and grassland areas throughout the year.

We collected some cup plant, bergamont, butterfly milkweed seeds and surveyed many of the native grasses that were still looking lovely! Thanks very much for showing me around folks!!
Afterwards, I attended a lively potluck full of at least 40 volunteers who had spent the morning battling against buckthorn and collecting seeds.Despite reports of blustering snow, the sun was shining, and so were the faces of the participants. The potluck was full of diverse and delectable food that even included heirloom veggie hors d'ouvers made with shaved purple carrots stuffed with cherry tomatoes. Delicious.
this fabulous group is full of enthusiastic volunteers, but is always looking for more. over the winter they will be holding some educational events, as well as a seed cleaning event. This group does fabulous work promoting, preserving, providing and educating people native plants and their importance in the city and beyond . . . for more information or to participate: check out - i will post the link on the side of the blog as well

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