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Alex10-Feb-02 08:20 PM EST 3   
Susan10-Feb-02 09:21 PM EST 6a   
Linda10-Feb-02 10:34 PM EST   
Doug12-Feb-02 10:48 AM EST 3   
Alex13-Feb-02 07:35 PM EST 3   

Subject: Alberta - native plants
From: Alex
Zone: 3
Date: 10-Feb-02 08:20 PM EST

Can somone direct me to a good info source on native plants. Has anyone had a particularly good outcome focusing on such plants in their gardens? Do I simply stop any activity in my yard, sit back and await whatever is in the soil???

Subject: RE: Alberta - native plants
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 10-Feb-02 09:21 PM EST

As you can see by my zone I'm not from Alberta...:) However, I do have a preference for native plants, although I'm not a purist and have a mix of natives and 'introduced' (i.e non-North American) plants in the garden. If you just stop all activity in your yard, you'll li!ely end up with a fine collection of weeds with a few desirable plants mixed in. I think the best approach is to do a bit of research to determine which native plants suit your particular conditions (for example, I focus on shade-loving woodland plants for my shady yard) and then decide which of those you like and start introducing them into your garden. I'm assuming that you want to have a garden and not just untended ground.... Native plants do tend to be hardier (if you choose what is native to your particular region) but gardening with native plants still requires planning and care to create a pleasing garden and keep weeds down. Gardening with native plants is satisfying because it 'feels' right (?politically correct...?); they can be easier to establish (not always - there are fussy natives too...)and they generally tolerate environmental stress, like drought, better. For the eastern half of the continent, the New England Wildflower Association is one of the most respected and oldest sources of information on propagating and growing native plants. They do cover some prairie natives too but I'm sure somebody from the west will likely be able to direct you to a western based organization. Perhaps the information and links on The Living Prairie Museum in Winnipeg's web site might be useful for you - go to:

Subject: RE: Alberta - native plants
From: Linda
Date: 10-Feb-02 10:34 PM EST

The Conservancy 51563 Range Rd 212A Sherwood Park AB T8G 1B1

D'N A Gardens Box 544 Elnora, AB Fax 403 773 2400

Devonian Botanic Gardens University of Alberta Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1

The above have seeds. There is a Native plant nursery west of Calgary in the Spring Bank area. Unfortunately I can't remember the complete name but I know it starts as Bow? Maybe others can help.

Subject: RE: Alberta - native plants
From: Doug
Zone: 3
Date: 12-Feb-02 10:48 AM EST

The springbank nursery is Bow Point Nursery which has native woody plant material (trees, shrubs, woody perennials). If you are looking for native herbaceous perennials there is another nursery right across from Bow Point Nursery called Springbank Wildflowers.

There is also a website that deals with native plant material and provides links to other related information..

Subject: RE: Alberta - native plants
From: Alex
Zone: 3
Date: 13-Feb-02 07:35 PM EST

Thank you all very much for the info. I now have some good starting points. I hope to visit the Devonian this weekend and will try Bow Point a little later in the year too. I would like to add native plants to my garden in order to better cater to the local bugs and birds etc. Thanks again.

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