The Wildflower Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is a province-wide organization primarily interested in the enjoyment of the wildflowers and other plants in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Society has an Indoor Program of guest speakers as well as an Outdoor Program. Regular Society meetings are held at the Memorial University Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road in St. John’s, on the First Wednesday of each month from October to May, beginning, at 7:30 PM. There are no indoor meetings during the summer months but a number of evening walks and an annual weeklong field trip are held (see the Programs page for details). The society also publishes The Sarracenia, a quarterly journal with information about plants in the province and other information of interest to members. As of September 1, 2014 Membership is $15 per year for an Individual or $20 for a Family Membership.An application form can be obtained on the Membership page.

Our Board is listed on the Contact page.

Recent Updates

April 1st, (Wednesday), 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


MUN Botanial Gardens
Mt. Scio Road
Topic:   "Feast of Flowers of Picos de Europa"
(peaks of Europe)
- range of mountains in Northern Coast of Spain-
with presenter:  Pat Hill
In addition to its fabulous flora, The Picos of Europa contain many of the world's deepest caves and  support a dwindling group of shepherds who move up from the valleys in the summertime with their sheep, goats, cows.  The area is also famed for its piquat blue cheeses.

March Wildflower Meeting

The March Meeting has been rescheduled to March 11


March 11th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Gardens
We are  delighted to have two presentations for this meeting!
While wildflower members Mary and John Bridson recently moved from this province, and now reside in Ottawa, they continue to travel and were able to enjoy a recent holiday in Italy. Mary was kind enough to put together a selection of her images of this trip for us to enjoy!
Mary Bridson - "Walking the Tratturi:  Floral Trails in Central Italy".



Roger White has captured "A Different North Atlantic Flora:  Flowers of the Azores".  (our very first talk on wildflowers of the Azores!)

Please note that
there will NOT be a week-long summer field trip for 2015.
We have decided to try a few shorter excursions perhaps on the Avalon.
Further details will be provided near the end of our winter programme.

February 4th, 2015, (Wednesday) 7:30 pm
MUN Botanical Gardens
Speaker: Todd Boland
Topic:   "Flora and Fauna of Colombia"


Congratulations to Ross Traverse!


I am delighted to announce that Ross has been inducted in the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame for  2014.
Ross was honoured along with Leo Cox (Nova Scotia), Robert Colpitts (New Brunswick), Wayne Dickieson (PEI).
Official ceremonies were held Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at the Alumni Theatre, on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus
A hearty congratulations Ross, from all your wildlflower friends!

Over his career, Ross became well-known for his expertise in peat soils. While in the public sector, he developed methods for producing landscape sod on peat soils and was instrumental in establishing the first commercial peat turf farm in the province. Ross drew upon his knowledge of Scandinavian systems to create a commercial peat excavation system for use in producing peat based soil mixes. In the private sector Ross consulted on industrial uses of peat moss, including projects in Egypt and the Caribbean. As a champion of horticulture, Ross left his mark on the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He helped introduce new crop varieties to the province’s unique climate, acted as a mentor to greenhouse growers and taught courses and workshops on horticulture. Ross’ most notable and arguably greatest contribution is as the province’s expert on growing plant life in Newfoundland and Labrador’s cool climate. For over 40 years, Ross has responded to questions on production, insects and harvesting, culminating in his 2006 book Ask Ross Traverse About Gardening: Practical Advice for Gardeners in a Cool Climate, now in its second printing. As the province’s go-to gardening expert, Ross appears regularly on CBC radio’s Gardening Crosstalk, and VOWR Community Radio. His columns appear monthly in Downhome magazine, and feature in Deck’s Awash and the Evening Telegram. (profile taken from - Dalhouse University Inspiring Minds).


Carmel Conway
President, Wildflower Society of NL


Wedneday night, December 3rd, 7:30 pm (MUN Botanical Garden)
It is time for our Christmas get-together and end of the year slide show!
We ask members to bring along a treat to share, either sweet or savory, wine,coffee/tea wil be provided.
See you there!

The next wildflower society meeting will be held in conjunction with the Rock Garden Society on
Oct 22, 7:30 pm at the Botanical Garden. 

We will have Mike Kintgen of Denver Botanical garden speaking on
The Flora of Patagonia

"We will travel through Patagonia Argentina from the far Southern part of
Santa Cruz in Southern Patagonia through 4 provinces to Mendoza north of
Patagonia. We will visit a wide variety of habitats from semiarid steppe,
montane forest, alpine areas and wet mountain forest similar to parts of
British Columbia. Along the way we will see a spectacular array of wildflowers and scenery."

A Link has been placed on the Downloads page to
North American Rock Gardening Society (NARGS) Bulletin - Special Issue -
St. John's Newfoundland Conference - 2005 [= Rock Garden Quarterly 63(1)
(Winter 2005): Special Issue: North Atlantic Rock Gardening

Articles by Todd Boland, Howard Clase, Bodil Larson, Bernard Jackson,
and others.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Garden
Title:  South Africa (2014) Part 1: Flora and Fauna of Botswana
presented by: Judy Blakeley & Helen Jones

The 2014 photo page has some new photos.

Note that the complete list of walks, including walks already completed is on the Programs Page
Please be advised that dates may be changed depending on blooming times.

July 6 (Sunday) POSTPONED
SHOE COVE TRAIL, Pouch Cove led by Ed Hayden. Meet at Cape Town Convenience Portugal Cove Highway (left hand side of the road) at 10:00 a.m. Highlight- Ragged robin. Ed can be reached at: or (h) 738-0358 or cell- 730-8534.

August 6 (Wednesday Regatta Day) POSTPONED
Beaver Pond Trail or Old Petty Harbour Road Trail l
ed by Roger White. Meet time and place to be determined. Roger can be reached at: or 753-7904.

Saturday, September 6th, 10:00 a.m.
Wildflower Walk Waterford Valley Trail, & stroll through General Protestant Cemetery
Led by:  Glen Ryan & Suzanne Sexty
Meeting place:  Start of the Waterford Valley Trail, next to the Dockyard.  We will proceed to Symes Bridge.  Following this, Suzanne will then lead a walk to the Cemetery, across Waterford Bridge Road, highlighting some very interesting trees, shrubs, and headstones.
Parking: Two Options

1. Railway Station Museum Parking Lot (not certain if they charge ? ) or,
2. FREE Parking at Waterford River side of Southside Road, approaching the dockyard parking as you head north.
Primary species to see:   Canada Goldenrod see image at:!topic/nfwildflowers/Yi-1y1GhymM

Important note: If the weather is foul, please contact one of the leaders before heading out:
Glen can be reached at or 739-6146. Suzanne can be reached at: or 579-3311.


Late September
Water Street/Duckworth Street Walk
(to be determined)

The Golden Mountains of Central Asia....Alpines of the Tien Shan

On Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 pm, MUN Botanical Garden, we will have a special presentation

collaboration with the NL Rock Garden Society, we are delighted to have Panayoti Kelaidis, director of outreach at the Denver Botanical Garden (he was also the past curator of their alpine collection), give us a talk. 

His talk will be “The Golden Mountains of Central Asia....Alpines of the Tien Shan”. 

Panayoti has spoken around the world, so it promises to be a great presentation.  Please mark the date on your calendar.  We hope you can attend.

The 2014 Society Financial Statement is available on the Annual Financial Reports Page

May Wildflower Meeting,
May 7th, 2014 (Wednesday)  at 7:30 p.m
MUN Botanical Gardens, Mt. Scio Road
Speaker:  Julissa Roncal, Department of Biology MUN
Topic;  "For the Love of Palms"

A number of the images shown by Ian Christie in last nights delightful talk can be found in the
International Rock Gardener Number 38 The Scottish Rock Garden Club February 2013 which can be found at the following web link

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014
7:30 p.m.
(this meeting will be in conjunction with the Rock Garden Society)
GUEST SPEAKER:   Ian Christie
TOPIC:  Wildflowers of Scotland

Those who are taking part in this summer’s field trip to St. Pierre and Miquelon might like to read or re-read Howard Clase’s summary of the previous society trip to SPM in 1998. It is in the Fall 1998 Sarracenia, Volume 8 number 2 which can be downloaded from the Sarracenia link on this website.

Members are invited to submit pictures for posting on the website. Photos of wildflowers and other native plants are welcome. Please do not submit photos of people. If you submit a photo it is with the understanding that these photos can be downloaded by anyone visiting the website. For this reason please submit photos as low resolution jpegs no larger than 640 pixels in the largest dimension i.e. either 640X480 for horizontal images or 480X640 for verticals. You can email the photos to Gene Herzberg at

There is a
Complete Collection of the Sarracenia on the
new Sarracenia Page.
The issues can be downloaded and are searchable.

Thanks to John Maunder and Howard Clase for scanning the issues and to Gene Herzberg for converting them into searchable versions.