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Sunday, March 12, 2016
Transplanting in the Greenhouse
10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Meet at the High Park Greenhouse, Greenhouse Road
DST: Please set clocks ahead 1 hour on Sat. night.
For all current Stewards by invite
Greenhouse work is very popular, but due to space limitations we must restrict the number of participants to those who are currently on our email list.
It's finally time to begin the seeding process and transplant the seedlings that have been growing over the winter in the greenhouse. These will be used for plantings in different parks and for our native plant sale. Due to the cold weather please meet us in the main greenhouse first and we will go to the cold frame if necessary. All tools will be provided, but dress in layers as the temperature is unpredictable.
Please bring anything you may wish to drink or snack on with you as there is no kitchen available.
For more information on planting for restoration projects. See page 20 in particular for growing techniques: - Planting the Seed (pdf) Environment Canada
Getting a jump on spring
Some of these plants may be available at our native plant sale
Repotting the new seedlings
These are started early from seeds collected in the park
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Biological Control Programs for Invasive Plants
W.D. (Bill) McIlveen will speak on the introduction of insects, and sometimes plant diseases, to control invasive plant species
Sometimes they work, but sometimes there are complicating factors...examples include purple loosestrife (right).
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive M6R 2Z3.
Speaker: W.D. McIlveen
W.D. (Bill) McIlveen has been involved in Ontario’s ecological land classification, rare and introduced species studies, terrestrial toxicology projects, the Breeding Bird Atlas, and the Ontario Tree Atlas. After a career with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, he served on the executive of the Field Botanists of Ontario and the Toronto Entomological Association, among other organizations. He is currently working on a new and comprehensive Flora of Halton.
Articles on this topic
Common invasive species in High Park
WE COLLECTED 40 BAGS ON MAY 22, 2016
Dog-Strangling Vine aka Pale Swallow Wort
related to milkweed, poisonous to Monarchs
Asian Bittersweet up close
High Park September 2010
A problem all summer
one of the prettier invasives we remove in mid summer
a very invasive shrub in wooded areas
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Seed Cleaning in the Greenhouse
for Active Stewards
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
High Park Greenhouse, Greenhouse Road
By Invite - Updated: the session is full. We work even in snow, it's inside.
Seed Cleaning in the Greenhouse is very popular, but due to space limitations we are only sending invites to those on our email list, especially to those who have braved the elements and assisted in planting, invasive species removal, at our native plant sale, or are working on special projects. This special activity is a benefit for helping out during the past year.
RSVP to invitation is required.
Seed Cleaning is the separation of the usually tiny seeds from the dried flower heads, collected in High Park in the last year. Planting these separated seeds has proven to be very successful in cultivating as many rare and limited back oak savannah plants as possible.
For more information on using seeds in restoration projects. See page 23 in particular for seed cleaning: - Planting the Seed (pdf) Environment Canada
Some low-tech tools of the trade
Greenhouse, Winter 2014
Separating the seeds from the flower pod/head
Butterfly Milkweed is one of the easier seeds to separate