Jun 30

Open in September and October

Open 10 am - 4 pm Saturday September 1 - and 10 am-4 pm Fridays and Saturdays after that until the end of October. If you wish to come another day or time, please call (705-322-2545) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we can arrange to be there.
Jun 20

Grasses, milkweeds - and a reminder, we're closed Saturday June 23 for BioBlitz

The Return of the Native plant nursery will be closed this Saturday June 23, 2018 - I will be at the Tiny Marsh BioBlitz - but will be open 10 am to 4 pm on Friday and Sunday (call or email if you want to come early or late on those days, or at any other time.

I have a full complement of native grasses on sale, as well as our three local varieties of milkweed. Check the plant list for more details. 

If you want to learn more about beautiful native plants in their natural environment, you would really enjoy one of the BioBlitz outings that focus on the plants of Tiny Marsh (a huge property that includes many habitats, not just wetlands).

Leaders are Lynn Short, a long-time Tiny Township cottager who teaches horticulture at Humber College and is an expert in Phragmites control and Clare Holden, a member of Nature Barrie and Ontario Nature and a graduate of two Master Naturalist courses. Their walks run from 10 am to noon.

In the afternoon, you can gain an indigenous perspective by going out with Gary Pritchard of Curve Lake First Nation or Jake Charles of the First Nation of Georgina Island. For more informatio, go to Eventbrite, and scroll down to the schedule. 

Is it too late to plant? No. If you are dealing with potted - as opposed to just-dug bareroot - plants, you can carry on planting all summer long, although success is easier to achieve in spring and fall.

It's just that you have to take more care.

Watering is helpful for the first couple of weeks at least, and if the planting area is in full sun and there's no rain in the forecast, you might want to erect a temporary shade structure with newspaper or fabric for a few days. But native plants are tough, and most will soldier through if you soak the planting hole and the plant ahead of time. Rootbound plants (ones that have been left in a pot too long and have circling roots with hardly any soil mix left in the pot) will have the hardest time - be sure to break up the root ball and spread the roots out well.
May 25

Gardening for life in the foodweb

A newsletter called Landscript came through in the mail (the actual postal mail!) the other day, and as I leafed through it after enjoying the lovely cover photo of a Prairie Warbler, I found an article about the importance of gardening with native species. This is good, I thought. And then I noticed some familiar phrasing. And realized the newsletter came from the Georgian Bay Land Trust, and this is the article they had asked me to write. So I'll share it with you. 

Also, I hear an email I sent the folks at CBC Radio's Ontario Morning show was mentioned on air. Wei Chen had been talking about getting rid of the Goutweed in her garden and she and Mike Ewing - my early-morning companions - were bemoaning the lack of good plants for shade. Well, there are native plants for every situation, and certainly a wide array of choices when it comes to shade. Here's what I emailed Wei:

"Good for you for fighting off the Goutweed! It took me two years, and then another couple of years of eagle-eyed pursuit of very occasional sprouts. Good groundcovers for shade are:
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