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Know your plants

When you stroll around your property, can you name the flowers and trees? If you need help identifying the plants, come to the workshop, Know Your Plantson June 9 and 12, just north of Belleville. The Hastings Stewardship Council and the Local Wood Initiative are hosting these sessions to teach people how to identify plants on their own land. Many thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their funding support.

Peter Fuller and David Smallwood, local specialists in plant identification, will lead the June 9 indoor session and the June 12 outdoor field trip, both at the Frink Centre near Belleville.

On June 9, 6 - 9 p.m. Peter Fuller, owner of Fuller Native and Rare Plants (located east of Belleville), will illustrate lots of native perennial flowers and other plants with PowerPoint photos and with real specimens from his nursery. He will also enlighten participants about understory plantings (plants that will grow under the canopy of taller trees) and invasive plants. The slide show will demonstrate habitat areas: from sun to shade, and from wet to dry areas.

On the June 12, 10 a.m - 1 p.m., field trip, Peter and David will lead a leisurely tour through the beautiful trails of the Frink Centre. Learn the names and features of many different plants and trees, including best habitat and growing conditions. Keys to identification will be emphasized.

David Smallwood is a Forest Technician who has been involved in resource management in both the private and public sectors for many years. He will help people identify trees and shrubs found in their own woodlots. He will present a brief history of local forests, the main identification (leaf on and off) points of native species common to the area. The importance of species from wildlife, environmental and utilisation (including First Nations use) perspectives will be highlighted as well. 

The cost for the two events is $20/person. For more information and to reserve your spot, contact Matt Caruana at 613-391-9034, or Louise Livingstone (613) 395-4388

Earlier Event: March 31
Understanding our wetlands
Later Event: June 18
Eye in the sky