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. Membership is $10 per year and an application can be obtained on the Membership page.

Our Board is listed on the Contact page.


Recent Updates

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

http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2013Mar011362129867IRG38Feb2013.pdf



APRIL WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
MUN BOTANICAL GARDENS
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.






We Are Finally Going to Hear From Ken Knowles


MARCH WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, 2014  at 7:30 p.m
 
Botanical Garden
 
Speaker:  Ken Knowles
 
Topic: "Flora and Fauna of Arizona, Utah & Colorado"









TONIGHT'S MEETING (Wednesday, Feb 19) CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

 
Due to weather conditions that quickly came upon us, we have decided to postpone tonight's meeting.  
 
Ken has gladly agreed to reschedule at another time.  



FEBRUARY WILDFLOWER MEETING RESCHEDULED
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014  at 7:30 p.m
Botanical Garden
Speaker:  Ken Knowles
 
Topic: "Flora and Fauna of Arizona, Utah & Colorado"
 



The regularly scheduled February meeting has been rescheduled so that members can attend Henry Mann’s lecture at The Rooms about Carnivorous Plants. Details below.

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 PM at the Rooms.

CARNIVOROUS PLANTS OF OUR PROVINCE


The pitcher plant isn’t the only carnivorous plant that grows wild in Newfoundland and Labrador. Don’t forget about butterwort, sundew and bladderwort! Join Dr. Henry Mann, Associate Professor in the Environmental Science Unit of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, as he illuminates the world of meat- eating plants right below our feet. Afterwards, visit the kid-friendly exhibit Gotcha! Carnivorous Plants Chow Down.


Also Join Henry at the Rooms at 2:30 on Thursday, February 6 for

Coffee and Culture

PRETTY AS A PITCHER

To celebrate the opening of the new exhibit Gotcha! Carnivorous Plants Chow Down, come to a special presentation of the Land and Sea episode Pretty as a Pitcher. Afterwards, Dr. Henry Mann will bring us on an in-depth look at the botanical collection on display in the exhibit on Level 2.for the February Coffee and Culture



Carnivorous Plants Exhibit at the Rooms

Gotcha! Carnivorous Plants Chow Down
November 29, 2013 – June 1, 2014


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The Rooms website says it is aimed at kids aged five to nine but will be enjoyed by all ages.

Gene and Karen Herzberg went and enjoyed it so the Rooms’ description seems to be correct.

There are a few photos from the exhibit on the 2014 Photos page.









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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year




DECEMBER WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
 
MUN BOTANICAL GARDENS, MT. SCIO RD.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
 
CHRISTMAS PARTY AND MEMBER'S SLIDE SHOW, including PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2013  and Winners!
 
Judges for this year's competition: Eva Musseau, Glen Ryan & John Bridson. Compiling of all images for the meeting: John Maunder.
 
-please bring a small treat (sweet or savory) to share. Wine, tea and coffee will be served-
 

 
-see you there!-






Telegram article about Glen Ryan

Below is a link to an interesting article about Glen Ryan that was published in the Telegram October 23

Glen Ryan - The Telegram October 23, 2013




NOVEMBER WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
Wednesday, November 6th, 7:30 p.m.
Botanical Garden 
 
Speakers: Judith Blakeley & Helen Jones
 
Topic:   "Flora and Fauna of Tanzania"
 







MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE & ART

 with Instructor & and Photographic Artist: Terrance Hounsell
 
This is a special workshop designed for Naturalists, Biologists, and Botanists etc... who want to produce better photographs of their work for documentation and for art. You will NOT be told which buttons to push on your camera rather you will be taught photographic concepts in easy to understand terms, enabling you to become a more proficient and self-sufficient photographer.
 
Saturday November 16th & Sunday November 17th at the MUN Botanical Garden, Parking Available.
 
Timetable: 12 hours of classroom time.
[09:30-10:20am] + 10 min. break
[10:30-11:20am] + 10 min. break
[11:30-12:30pm] + 30 min question period
 + 30 min lunch
[01:30-02:20pm] + 10 min. break
[02:30-03:20pm] + 10 min. break
[03:30-04:20pm] + 30 min question period
 
Cost $299 for both days, $50 deposit required. Seating will be limited.
Contact Terrance Hounsell after October 9th
Email: thounsell@nl.rogers.com
Phone: 747-9159 evenings, weekends.
FACEBOOK Page: "Newfoundland Macro Photography Workshop"
There will fine art prints given out as door prizes.
 
The purpose of this macro workshop:
a.  To help develop a tool kit and skill set that enables photographers to become proficient with the theory, equipment and techniques of macro photography;
b. To help develop an understanding of artistic principles that allow the photographer to elevate the aesthetic of what is in front of the lens.
  
You will be taught concepts that progress through the following stages of development:
 
In the early stages of learning photography, it is all about technique and gear. Which camera and lens and how to use it? There is a strong reliance on gear and a common mistake is in having too much gear. In this workshop a wide variety of equipment will be explained and you will be shown how it can be applied. This will enable you to make informed decisions regarding combinations that work best for you and  all your personal shooting style to advance.
 
In the mid-stages of learning photography, photographers begin to see rather than just looking through the lens. The elegance of what is in front of you takes on meaning. In this workshop you will learn to use perspective, form, line, composition and lighting (etc…) to translate a three-dimensional world into an aesthetic two dimensional image. In addition you be shown exercises that will help you get some valuable hands-on experience.
 
In the later-stages of learning photography, the artist emerges and the confident technical photographer hovers in the background allowing one the freedom to “FEEL” an image. Not having to excessively worry about the technicalities of the process or what others might think provides the confidence to trust your visceral reaction to the world. This translates into stronger more evocative photographs. In this workshop we will discuss how to translate feelings into images.
 
For the advanced photographer, it is possible to use postproduction (PP) software to further the image but  PP cannot solve fundamental image problems. In this workshop you will learn how to use PP as a tool to support and enhance what is already within the image and not detract from the clarity of vision and the emotions within.
 
NOTE: There will be background and reference materials and discussions on related topics such as copyright and ethics. You will be shown how to achieve a Master Photographer designation. There will assignments suggested and an opportunity for participants to receive a one to one critique at a later date.
 
YOU WILL BE INSTRUCTED IN AN ORGANIZED STEP BY STEP METHOD
Module 1: THEORY
Module 2: TECHNIQUE & ART
Module 3: EQUIPMENT
Module 4: INSECTS
Module 5: PLANTS & FLOWERS
Module 6: STILL LIFE & PRODUCTS
Module 7: POST PROCESSING
Module 8: FUTHER DEVELOPMENT









The Friends of the Garden are pleased to present the following special illustrated presentation:

“The Flowers of the Barun Valley, Northeastern Nepal”.
Speaker: Michael Pearson


Location: Hampton Hall, Marine Institute, Ridge Road, St. John’s (located just inside the main entrance)
Date: Thursday, October 10
Time: 7:30 pm






OCTOBER WILDFLOWER MEETING

 

"Wildflowers of Oman"
 
presented by:  Mario Escobar
 
Tuesday, October 1st, at 7:30 pm

MUN Botanical Garden
 
- please note that the time has been changed to Tuesday night for October month only, to accomodate Mario , who returns to Oman the following day-
 
- reminder -it is renewal of membership time! and we ask member to come a 10-15 minutes before start tie to allow time for registration fees to be paid.




NEIL'S POND WILDFLOWER WALK-
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd, 2:00 PM
 
Leader: John Maunder
 
(
The weather is supposed to be good)

DIRECTIONS:

Meet in Paradise, along the CBS Highway, heading south (ie. COMING FROM St. John's), at a low "community building" on the left (it had a daycare in it the last time I looked), just before a roadside soccer pitch, that is just before a set of lights, that is just before the very big ACAN Windows building, that is just before Octagon Pond.

A small post office is on the right, more or less across the road, just
before the site. The house street number directly across the road from the site is #1588.

The parking signs on the "community building" parking lot are a bit confusing. If in doubt, the shoulder of the highway in front of this property is quite wide and SHOULD be OK to park on (but check for signs).


See you there.
 
John can be reached at:  jem@nl.rogers.com
or call- 335-2462






TREE WALK

 
Where:  Bowring Park
When:   Sunday, August 25, 2013
Time:     2:00 p.m.
Meet:    The Gravel Parking Lot at the West End Entrance to the Park
 
Leader:  Todd Boland







Informal Wildflower Walk at the GEO Centre Trails

Rescheduled from August 14 due to rain

 
 

Sunday, August 18th, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.
 

A scenic walk with a good selection of wildflowers, shrubs and berries, an ideal walk for new members.

Meet at the parking lot closest to the GEO Centre - we will start at the trail to the right of the building and the dog statues.
 


Leaders: Daphne Gillingham and Dorothy Parker
 

Note:
For more information or in case of inclement weather (no short notice email may be possible)
telephone Daphne 726-8385 or 690-7635 (cell)
email Dorothy:
d.parker@nf.sympatico.ca





Informal Wildflower Walk at the GEO Centre Trails

                                                      
Wednesday, Aug. 14th, 2013 at 10 am
 
A scenic walk with a good selection of wildflowers, shrubs and berries, an ideal walk for new members.
            
Meet at the parking lot closest to the GEO Centre  -  we will start at the trail to the right of the building and the dog statues.
 
                                                    
  Leaders:  Daphne Gillingham and Dorothy Parker
 
For more information or in case of inclement weather (no short notice email may be possible)
           telephone Daphne 726-8385 or 690-7635 (cell)
           email Dorothy:
d.parker@nf.sympatico.ca





REGATTA DAY WILDFLOWER WALK ALONG LONG POND

 
Wednesday, August 7th at 10:00 a.m. 
 
Meeting place:  Parking Lot of Fluvarium
 
Leader:  Glen Ryan
 
-come enjoy a leisurely stroll, you are sure to see a wide variety of flora-
 
of course, weather permitting!
 
any questions, Glen can be reached at: a.glenryan@gmail.com
 




INFORMAL WILDFLOWER WALK ALONG LONG POND

This was cancelled due to rain.
 
Sunday, August 4th at l0:00 a.m.
 
Meeting place:  Parking Lot of Fluvarium
 
Leader:  Glen Ryan
 
-come enjoy a leisurely stroll, you are sure to see a wide variety of flora-
 
any questions, Glen can be reached at: a.glenryan@gmail.com






WILDFLOWER WALK IN PORTUGAL COVE

 

SUNDAY, July 28th, at l0:00 a.m.
 

Leader: Mary Bridson
 

Meeting Place: Meet at end of Neary's Pond Road in Portugal Cove. Follow Portugal Cove Road down the hill past Murray's, turn sharp left as it flattens out, onto Neary's Pond Road, follow to end. There is limited parking at the end of the road, please make sure not to block the house there. There is some public parking about 200m back by pond, across from Western Gully Road (but not private pondside sites).
 

We will see scent bottle orchids, wild parnsnip and orange hawkweed in abundance, plus a wonderful view of Bell Island and Conception Bay.
 

Advice: Need wellies to get up close to the orchids (near start of trail), but otherwise good track.
 
 

Any questions, Mary can be reached at: mbridson@mun.ca





Informal Wildflower Walk to BIG THREE CORNER POND, Bauline LIne/ Torbay

 

   Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00 (sharp)

Meeting place: Kinsmen Centre/Bauline Line
LEADER: Madeleine Florent

 This will be our first walk to Big Three Corner Pond.  The walk to the pond will take about 20 minutes.



The Kinsmen Centre is on Bauline Line (on the left not far from where you turn off from Torbay Road, or can access by taking the Torbay By-Pass, turn right on Bauline Line towards Torbay Road- it will be on your right, close to the intersection). We suggest that if you are unfamiliar with the area, leave a bit early to give plenty of time to find.

BOOTS RECOMMENDED


Any problem finding the start point, Madeleine can be reached at: 437-6439 or cell- 728-5158 or e-mail address:
madeleine.florent@nf.sympatico.ca
 
or
 
Carmel at: 722-0121 or abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com





The
Leopard Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis subsp. praetermissa var junalis) is currently (July 20) in full bloom. As some may know, in recent years it has spread from its original location below the road to the Pippy Park Golf Course. Today there were in excess of 100 blooms behind the Howley Building on Higgins Line in St. John’s. There is a photo of one of these blooms on the 2013 photos page.



WILDFLOWERING ALONG JOHNSON FOUNDATION WALKING TRAIL


Leaders: Howard and Leila Clase
 

Date: Wednesday July 17th, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
 

(if weather is bad, please watch e-mail for cancellation and rescheduled time)
 

-meet at the circle at the end of Harbourview Avenue (off Torbay Road) , and we will meander down the trail in the direction of the Outer Ring Road
  
Howard & Leila can be reached: hclase@mun.ca






SHOE COVE BEACH WILDFLOWER WALK

 
Saturday, July 6th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
 
Leader: Carmel Conway
 
Meeting Place:  Cape Town Convenience, Pouch Cove Highway (on left hand side of highway)
 
 
This will be an informal walk to beautiful Shoe Cove Beach.  Before you arrive at Cape Town Convenience you will pass Satellite Road and a purple Lions Club Sign (both on the right).  After meeting at Cape Town Convenience we will head on to Shoe Cove Road (second turn off, right hand side of the road).
 
As this path is on a decline and can be rocky, please wear good hiking boots; also path to the beach is uneven and somewhat steep.
 
-hoping to see Ragged Robin - Lychnis flos-cuculi-
 
Any questions Carmel can be reached at: abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com
or 722-0121





The GNP Field Trip is now full and no more participants will be accepted.



The pink lady slippers are in bloom on Mount Scio

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Pink Lady Slipper Walk

Wednesday, June 12
, 6 PM Rain or shine

Meet at the parking lot across the street from the MUN Botanical Garden

Leaders:  Gene and Karen Herzberg




There are a couple of new photos from the Geocentre Walk on the photos page.


The GNP Field Trip is now full and no more participants will be accepted.


The agenda for day 4 of the summer field trip to the Northern Peninsula has been revised. There is a copy of the revised day 4 agenda in the downloads area and the full agenda has been updated to include the changes.


WILDFLOWER WALK ALONG GEO CENTRE
 
Thursday May 30th, 6:00 p.m.
 
Meet at the first entrance parking lot to the Geo Centre
(easy walk)
 
Leaders: John Maunder & Heather Saunders
 (any questions email John:  jem@nl.rogers.com or Heather:  c.saunders@nl.rogers.com )
John:  335-2462  -  728-7846(Cell) or Heather:  368-6935
 
- it would be helpful to bring along Todd Boland's Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador, or Glen Ryan's "Shrubs of Newfoundland"




The GNP Field Trip is now full and no more participants will be accepted.
A final agenda for this summer’s field trip to the Northern Peninsula, including a detailed list of plants and contact information for places to stay, is available in the downloads area.


Hawke Hills Walk- Saturday May 25th at 2:00 pm

Bring a jacket as it can be breezy and cooler there.
Directions:
Take the TCH west until you get to the Salmonier turnoff, exit 35. Go over the overpass and backtrack east. You will see Hawke Hill with the cell towers as you approach. Go past the turnoff to the Gun Club and the sign that says "Conway Flowers". The turnoff is on the right at the top of the hill, the first right past the Gun Club, and just before a green highway sign that says "St. John's, Holyrood" etc. There is a red stop sign at the intersection. Go slowly or you will miss it. If you go past the Blue Fin entrance, you have gone too far. Turn right onto the gravel road and proceed to the top of the hill. Judy will meet you at the top.

Please phone or e-mail Judy if you are planning to come.
437 6852 or jblakeley@nl.rogers.com
 
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU LET JUDY KNOW THAT YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO, IN CASE OF CANCELLATION, AS SHE WOULD NOT LIKE ANYONE TO GO UP AND FIND NOBODY THERE – THANK YOU.





Gene and Karen Herzberg stopped at the Hawke Hills May 20
on the way back from viewing two rare birds in Fairhaven.
The
Loiseleuria procumbens and Diapensia laponica are in bloom.
There are some photos on the photos / 2013 page




Some New Photos Have Been Added
Check Photos / 2013



MAY WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
May 1st, 2013 (Wednesday)
 
MUN Botanical Garden
7:30 p.m.
  
Speaker:  Todd Boland
 
Topic: Fauna and Flora of South Eastern Brazil






APRIL WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN Botanical Garden
  
Topic:  Spring in Patagonia (region at southern end of South America)
 
Speakers:  Mary and John Bridson.
 




Note that there are two meetings in March



Special Joint Meeting with NatureNL

WILDFLOWER MEETING with NATURE NL
 
March 14th,  (THURSDAY) 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN SCIENCE BUILDING 2067
 
Nature NL is trying to arrange for the gates of Lot 15 to be opened for parking (confirmation of this to be posted prior to meeting)
 
Speaker: Luise Hermanutz
 
Luise will be discussing her new book, co-authored with Alain Cuerrier entitled "Our plants, Our Land...plants of Nain & Torngat Mountains Basecamp and Research Station".
 
Copies of her book available for sale and signing. Cost is $l9.99 ($21.00 with tax) Please bring exact change.


Regular March Meeting

MARCH WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
Wednesday, March 6th, 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN Botanical Garden
 
Topic:  Flora and Fauna of South Shore/Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
 
John Maunder will present an overview of our August 2012 Summer Field Trip to Nova's Scotia South Shore and Cape Breton
It will be illustrated by photos taken by members who went on the trip.




FEBRUARY WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
February 6th, (Wednesday) 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Gardens
 
Speaker: Luise Hermanutz
 
Luise will be discussing her new book, co-authored with Alain Cuerrier entitled "Our plants, Our Land...plants of Nain & Torngat Mountains Basecamp and Research Station".
 
We hope to have copies of her book available for sale and signing.  The cost is $l9.99 ($21.00 with tax).











Because of problems with mail delivery, please note that the Wildflower Society’s address has been changed slightly.
We are removing the “street address”, and are now using the following:

Wildflower Society of NL
c/o MUN Botanical Garden
Memorial University of NL
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7






DECEMBER WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
MUN Botanical Garden - Mt. Scio Road
 
Wednesday,  December 5th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
Christmas Social & Member's Photography Slideshow & Winner's of Photography Competition
 
 
 
 Please bring a small treat (sweet or savory) to share with others.
Wine, tea or coffee will be provided.

Luise Hermanutz's has a new book out co-authored with Alain Cuerrier entitled
"Our plants... Our Land, Plants of Nain Torngat Mountains, Basecamp & Research Station Nunatsiavut".


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It is available available in the Garden Giftshop for $19.99.  This would make a great gift for Christmas.  Luise will be giving us a talk in February 2013 about her new book and will be able to sign copies for members.





A
reminder that the second part of Todd Boland’s Montana/Wyoming trip will be featured at this weeks Rock Garden Society meeting:

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 pm at the Garden.
  
 This talk is entitled:
Beartooth Mountains – Dizzying Heights and Alpine Delights.  

All are welcome.

 




NOVEMBER 7th, 2012 MEETNG

7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Garden
 
SPEAKER:  John Crellin
 
TOPIC:  "Making of a Southern Garden- The Story of Tommie Bass" (a famous Appalachian herbalist).



OCTOBER WILDFLOWER
MEETING
 
Wednesday - October 3rd, 2012
Botanical Gardens
7:30 p.m.
 
"The Bighorns of Wyoming - Desert Canyons to Alpine Heights
 
Speaker: Todd Boland
 
&
 
Reminder of Deadline for our 5th Annual Photo Competition 2012 - October 15th, 2012
 
Rules of Competition are available for reference on our website: www.wildflowersocietynl.ca
 





WILDFLOWER SOCIETY OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
SUMMER 2012 WILDFLOWER WALKS
-we hope that all walks will go ahead as scheduled-
* Asterisk-marked are walks for which confirmation of attendance is required
- we hope to send out a reminder of these walks or changes, however, if uncertain about a walk, it would be wise to make contact with the designated leader.
Completed walks have been moved to the bottom of the list.

After the walk to Gosse’s Wetland it was agreed that we would add a page to our website providing information about the wetland including photos and flora and fauna seen there. Please submit any information you have and it will be added to the page.



Photos from Recent Walks have been posted to the Photos page





Because of the early blooming of the trees and shrubs, the date of the
WILDFLOWER WALK ALONG GEO CENTRE
has been moved to
 
This Thursday        
May 24th, l0:30 a.m.
 
Meet at the first entrance parking lot to the Geo Centre
(easy walk)
 
Leaders: Daphne Gillingham & Heather Saunders
 any questions email Daphne:  daphnegillingham@nf.sympatico.ca or Heather:  c.saunders@nl.rogers.com
Daphne:  726-8385 or Heather:  368-6935 Cell: 685-1948
 
- it would be helpful to bring along Todd Boland's Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador, or Glen Ryan's "Shrubs of Newfoundland"








The date of the Hawke Hills Walk has been changed to Tuesday May 22, 2012, from 2-4 pm.



Judy checked out the area Sunday, May 20, and some of the key species are in full flower (see pics).

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Diapensia laponica




alpine azalea HH 05 20 12

Kalmia procumbens or Loiseleuria procumbia

Tuesday promises to be a lovely warm day so we hope it won't be too windy for photography. Bring a jacket as it can be breezy and cooler there.

For anyone who does not know how to get there, here are the directions:

Take the TCH west until you get to the Salmonier turnoff, exit 35. Go over the overpass and backtrack east. You will see Hawke Hill with the cell towers as you approach. Go past the turnoff to the Gun Club and the sign that says "Conway Flowers". The turnoff is on the right at the top of the hill, the first right past the Gun Club, and
just before a green highway sign that says "St. John's, Holyrood" etc. There is a red stop sign at the intersection. Go slowly or you will miss it. If you go past the Blue Fin entrance, you have gone too far.

Turn right onto the gravel road and proceed to the top of the hill. I will meet you at the top.
Please let Judy know ASAP by email of phone if you are planning on coming.

Judy (Blakeley)
437 6852



*MAY 28 (Monday) - HAWKE HILLS - Judith Blakeley will lead an informal wildflower photography shoot. Meeting time and place: l0 a.m. (top of Hawke Hills). This will be an opportunity to photograph Diapensia and Loiseleuria/clubmosses. The area will be checked in advance to make certain Diapensia is in flower. Notice of change in date will be posted if necessary. Note: Any member interested in attending MUST contact Judy in advance. Members might like to refer to Helen Jones/Judy Blakeley’s article published in Sarracenia 209 (l6) 2, l8. All members are welcome, even those who don’t take pictures, for it’s a great opportunity to look around and roam! Contact Judy at: jblakeley@nl.rogers.com or call 437-6852. Please note - Executive members are of the expert opinion that these flowers may well be blooming or about to bloom now; please be prepared to go at short notice (watch for email on Tuesday).

JUNE 7(Thursday) GEO CENTRE -/
BILL TITFORD MEMORIAL WALK. Daphne Gillingham & Heather Saunders will lead an informal wildflower walk along the GEO Centre. Meeting time and place: GEO Centre parking lot at l0:30 a.m. This area has a remarkable selection of early flowering trees and shrubs. Contact Daphne at: daphnegillingham@nf.sympatico.ca or call 726-8385.
Heather's Cell# 685-1948. Glen Ryan’s “Shrubs of Newfoundland” might come in handy.
Please Note
: The flowering trees and shrubs may be about to bloom earlier than June 7 - so be prepared to go earlier - watch for further notice re earlier "walk".

JUNE 13 (Wednesday) - BIDGOOD’S PARK WALKING TRAIL
-Karen and Gene Herzberg will be leading this walk. Meeting time and place: Power’s Road in the Goulds at 5:30 p.m. To get to Powers Road, take the Ruby Line to the Back Line to Powers Road.A map of the meeting place is shown below. Any questions, Karen can be reached at: karenherzberg@warp.nfld.net or call 753-6865. Karen’s cell: 727-5906, in case you get lost. Please leave early as this is a new starting point for most people.

Bidgoods Park map meeting place WFS


Saturday, June 30, l0 a.m.
GOSSE'S POND WETLAND WALK- TORBAY

(in conjunction with Torbay Environment & Trails Committee)
 
Meeting place: Kinsmen Centre/Bauline Line
 
Leader: Madeleine Florent
 
The Kinsmen Centre is on Bauline Line (on the left not far from where you turn off from Torbay Road, or can access by taking the Torbay By-Pass, turn right on Bauline Line towards Torbay Road- it will be on your right, close to the intersection).  We will be carpooling depending on the number of members who attend, as the entrance is on private property and there is not much room to park vehicles. We suggest that if you are unfamiliar with the area, leave a bit early to give plenty of time to find.
 
While the water level is presently low, boots are required.
  
Robbie Hicks (with Torbay Environment & Trails Comittee) has suggested bringing a lunch, and has invited us back to her home to eat it, and will be supplying refreshments and dessert! (Robbie is on Whitty's Lane- about one kilometre north of Bauline Line, so not far from Kinsmen Centre.
 
Any problem finding the start point, Madeleine can be reached at: 437-6439 or Luise Hermanutz at cell: 765-5657.  This walk will be cancelled only if weather is extremely foul and so far looks good!
 
Finally, if you are interested in attending, please e-mail Carmel at abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com or call- 722-0121, as Madeleine would like approximate number attending.
 


SHOE COVE BEACH WILDFLOWER WALK
Change of Date
 
Monday, July 2nd at l0:00 a.m.  (originally scheduled for July 1st at 9:00)
 
Leader:  Carmel Conway
 
Meeting place:  Cape Town Convenience, Pouch Cove Highway (left hand side of road).
 
This is an informal walk to photograph some beach plants.  The walk from your car (parked on Shoe Cove Road) down to the beach is about l5 minutes, but the trail is on a decline with a few spots with loose rocks, so please wear good grip hiking boots.  It is a beautiful spot, so consider bringing your lunch and have a picnic.
 
Drive down the Pouch Cove Highway, you will pass Satellite Road,with the Purple Lions Club sign on the right, continue on a little further and on the left there is a convenience store, Cape Town Convenience.  We will meet at l0.a.m.
 
For any members that arrive late, continue on to Shoe Cove Road, second turn-off on the right. Park at the end of the road, which is a dead end- you will notice a dome-shaped home on the right, the trail begins there. While walking the trail stay on the right and continue down to the beach.
 
Any questions Carmel can be reached at: abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com
or (h) 722-0121.


JULY 8 (Sunday) - GALLOWS COVE/TORBAYGlen Ryan will lead an informal walk along Gallows Cove Hiking Trail. Meeting time and place: Park on the right hand side of Gallows Cove Road at end of Road, meeting time at l0:00 a.m. Please tuck your car in as far as possible to make room for turn around and exiting traffic. Any questions for Glen: a.glenryan@gmail.com or call: 739-6146.

Note that the time for the July 15 walk to see the Leopard Marsh Orchid has been changed to 10:00 and the meeting place has been changed to the Overflow Parking Lot across from the entrance to the MUN Botanical Gardens.


JULY 15 (Sunday) - PIPPY PARK- Carmel Conway is willing to take members up to see the Leopard Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis). Meeting time: Overload parking area, Pippy Park at 9:00 a.m. Time might change if flowering is earlier. Carmel can be reached at: abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com or call: 722-0121.

*JULY 22 (Sunday) – SOLDIERS POND ORCHID BOG- Todd Boland will be leading this walk. Meet at the transmission line at l0 a.m. west of the Foxtrap Weigh Scales- beginning of the Little Soldiers Pond pole line. Some highlights will be white-fringed orchid, scent-bottle orchid, ragged-fringed orchid, Andrew’s orchid, Rose Pogonia, Dwarf huckleberry, Newfoundland birch, and sundew. Note: Any member attending MUST contact Todd in advance. Todd can be reached at todd.boland@warp.nfld.net or call: 753-6027.

2nd GOSSE'S POND /WETLAND WALK-TORBAY
(in conjunction with Torbay Environment & Trails Committee)

July 25th, 2012  Wednesday at l0:00 am

Meeting place: Kinsmen Centre/Bauline Line

Leader: John Maunder

The Kinsmen Centre is on Bauline Line (on the left not far from where =
you turn off from Torbay Road, or can access by taking the Torbay =
By-Pass, turn right on Bauline Line towards Torbay Road- it will be on =
your right, close to the intersection).  We will be carpooling depending =
on the number of members who attend, as the entrance is on private =
property and there is not much room to park vehicles. We suggest that if =
you are unfamiliar with the area, leave a bit early to give plenty of =
time to find.

Boots are required.

If you plan to attend, please e-mail John in advance.


Any questions-John can be reached at:
jem@nl.rogers.com
or phone - 335-2462


*July 29 (Sunday)

WILDFLOWER WALK- BRIGUS SOUTH(Southern Shore)
 
(do not confuse with Brigus, Conception Bay!)
 
SUNDAY, JULY 29th, l0:00 am
 
Leaders: Elke & John Molgaard
 
John and Elke will be leading an informal walk at Brigus South- this will be an exploration of headland and harbour, short portion of East Coast Trail, possibly nearby quarries and bogs (bring boots).
 
Directions: Head south on Highway l0, through Tors Cove and past LaManche Provincial Park. The turn off left to Brigus South is clearly signposted, about 2 km, before Cape Broyle welcome sign.  63 km from downtown St. John's, about 1 hr. driving. 
 
Meet at "car park" at end of road (as far as you can drive) on the east ocean side of the harbour (not the "government wharf" side, where the fishing boats are).
 
If you expect to attend, please phone Elke and John beforehand, or to cancel.
 
Until Friday July 27, 9 a.m.: 726-0719 (home) or elkemolgaard@hotmail.com.
After that: 687-5219 (cell) at our cabin (but no e-mail!!!) Should weather be foul, check through this number, but weather up on the Southern Shore can be different, from St. John's weather, sometimes better.

AUGUST 6-11 Coastal Plains Flora Excursion –in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Wild Flora and Fauna Society. Leader- Charles Cron.
August 13-15 Botanizing Cape Breton- in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Wild Flora and Fauna Society. Leader- Carl Munden

The Mushroom Walk Scheduled for August 30 has been Cancelled.

As we have delighted in an incredibly warm and sunny summer, the downside is that there has not been much rain, and there is presently a scarcity of mushrooms.   John Bridon has checked a couple of known mushroom hot-spots and notes they are so- far scarce. John has suggested we wait until perhaps mid-September to see if there is any improvement.  A notice will be posted if/when the walk is reschedulde.
AUGUST 30 (Thursday) - WINDSOR LAKE AREA MUSHROOM WALKPat Hill will lead an informal walk around the Windsor Lake/Newfoundland Pond Area. There might be a change in time depending on our mushroom season. Meeting time and Place- 10 a.m. Park along the Portugal Cove Road along Windsor Lake. There is a pull off point where the old Portugal Cove Road used to run. Pat can be reached at 579-1289 or e-mail: pah22@hotmail.com

The Rock Garden Society Lecture scheduled for September 12 has been cancelled. With the impending hurricane due to hit here Tuesday-Wednesday, our guest speaker has cancelled. 
 
Thanks,
Todd

Rock Garden Society Lecture Wednesday September 12

The Newfoundland Rock Garden Society is delighted to announce that on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Nick Turland will be a guest speaker at the Botanical Garden, 7:30 pm.  Nick is originally from the UK but is now working at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  His presentation will be “The Alpines of the Austrian Alps”.  Members of the Wildflower Society are invited to attend this talk.


Mushroom Walk


    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2012  START TIME: 10 a.m.  LEADER: JOHN BRIDSON



John says there are loads of mushrooms out now.  John will be leading the walk in the woods at the start of the ski trail on Thorburn road. To get to it, drive out of town on the Thorburn road, under the Trans-Canada (ring road), past Whelan's convenience store on the right, and
at a noticeable left curve, park on the right side of the road on a large gravel area. This is sometimes known locally as Watson's Turn. If you see lake on the right hand side of the road, you have driven too far!

Depending on weather the paths could be flooded, and I will not go if there is heavy rain on the day, so it is important that anyone intending to join me either phones (895 2425) or emails
jbridson@mun.ca - preferably on Friday or Saturday.

TREE WALK AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE
 
Sunday, September 23, 2012 
 
2:00 p.m.
 
LEADER: Ross Traverse
 
Meeting Place: Parking Lot of Government House.
 
Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the grounds of Government House with Ross
 
&
 
later in the evening, we will celebrate a fabulous wildflower season with a meal at- VELMA'S RESTAURANT
264 Water Street
 
start time: 6:00 p.m.
 
 
Velma's is an informal, inexpensive restaurant, specializing in NL cuisine. Velma will pull several tables together depending on our group size. So, I would greatly appreciate it if members could let me know if they plan to attend. 
E-mail- Carmel at abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com or call 722-0121








John Bridson has provided a summary of his talk on “Processing Photos for Presentation” as well as access to some of the photos he used to illustrate his talk. A link to his summary has been posted on the links page.





MAY WILDLFOWER MEETING

 
Wednesday, May 2nd, MUN Botanical Garden,
7:30 p.m.
 
Speakers:  John Bridson & Lydia Snellen
 
John will give us a short talk on "Processing Photos for Presentation- pictures from Nepal"
 
Lydia will show us a selection of her many award-winning images, "Lydia's Winners"
 
should be a fascinating evening!






APRIL WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
MUN BOTANICAL GARDEN
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
7:30 p.m.
 
Wildflower member/Horticulturalist-  ROSS TRAVERSE, will delight us with wonderful images of his recent vacation in TOBAGO.
 
Title:  "FLOWERS OF TOBAGO" (and other interesting things!)

 







For those interested in mushrooms, a link to Foray NL has been added to the Links page. The current and previous issues of Omphalina, the Newsletter of Foray Newfoundland and Labrador are available there.


Two photos from the Tour of the Sir Joseph Banks exhibit have been added to the News and Photos section.





Todd Boland’s Talk has been rescheduled for March 14 at 7:30 at the MUN Botanical Garden



Rules for the 2012 Photography Competition
Have Been Posted




NOTICE OF MARCH WILDFLOWER EVENTS

 
1.  March 7th, 2012 Willdflower Meeting
Wednesday 7:30 p.m. MUN Botanical Garden
 
Speaker: Todd Boland
 
Topic:   Flora and Fauna of the Galapagos Islands
 
 
also
 
 
2. Nathalie Djan-Chekar will give us a tour of the present exhibition taking place at The Rooms on world famous botanist- Sir Joseph Banks. 
 
Date: Friday, March 16th at 11:00 am
 
We will meet at  the Information Desk in the main lobby. Nathalie will begin with a talk on Sir  Joseph Banks, followed by a tour of the exhibition. 
 
Members will be reminded of this tour a week before, and if we could then confirm total attendance, Nathalie will arrange for a group pass for our Society.
 
Past-President,  Glenda Quinn wrote a very informative article on Sir Joseph Banks entitled :
Joseph Banks: Naturalist Extraordinaire in the
Fall l996/Winter l997 Sarracenia (Volume 7, November 1)  
This issue of the Sarracenia can be downloaded from our website.



Preliminary Details of Summer Field Trip to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Field Trips - 2012
Bare-bones preliminary agendas, distilled from e-mails from Charles Cron and Carl Munden
 
[NOTE: Do not leave making reservations too long! It will be "high season" in Nova Scotia!]
 
Basic Dates:
 
MAIN Western Nova Scotia "Coastal Plain Flora" Trip - Leader: Charles Cron
 
Meet at Bridgewater, or nearby [details later], for supper on August 6.
 
August 7 - Ponhook, Molega, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI), to Bridgewater.
 
August 8 - Indian Fields, Roseway River, Pearl Lake, via routes 103 and 203 to Yarmouth
 
August 9-10 - Glenwood Provincial Park, Tusket River, Maple Island, Wilson's Lake (2 sites), Gilfillan Lake, Great Pubnico Lake, to Yarmouth (may be minor adjustments here)
 
August 11 - Barrington area, Swaine's Bog, Port La Tour, Baccaro, to Liverpool 
 
Finish, at Liverpool, on evening of August 11.
 
DRIVING DAY, to Cape Breton area, August 12 ... if doing the Cape Breton trip [optional stop (on own initiative) at Bernard Jackson's beautiful rock gardens at the N.S. Agricultural College in Bible Hill].
 
EXCELLENT BONUS Cape Breton Trip - Leader: Carl Munden
 
Meet at Tourism Bureau at the east end of the Canso Causeway, Cape Breton, early on August 13.
 
August 13 - west side of Lake Ainslie (stopping at Nova Scotia's only calcareous fen), Scotsville, Southwest Margaree, Margaree Forks, the Harbour/Belle Cote, Cheticamp, Grand Falaise, "Bog Exhibit", to Pleasant Bay [after supper, nearby Red River area and Buddhist Abbey]
 
August 14 - Grande Anse floodplain, Macintosh Brook, Lone Sheiling, Beulach Ban Falls, Meat Cove, to Bay St. Lawrence [or nearby]
 
August 15 - Cape North village, Dingwall Beach, Dingwall gypsum quarries, Effie's Brook to White Point, Neil's Harbour via back road, Jack Pine Trail, Cape Smokey Look-off, to North Sydney [or wherever]
 
Finish, near St. Ann's, afternoon of August 15.
 
Accommodations:
 
August 6-7 - Bridgewater area.
 
August 8-10 - Yarmouth area.
 
August 11 - Liverpool area.
 
August 12 - vicinity of Canso Causeway.
 
August 13 - Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton [
book online ASAP - note: the fairly large Mountainview Motel http://www.themountainview.com/ (specifically) doesn't actually open until May ... but, you CAN also leave a phone message, though you may not get an instant reply].  See also: Mid-trail Motel and Inn  http://www.midtrail.com/
 
August 14 - Bay St. Lawrence or vicinity [the motel (all efficiency units) at Bay St. Lawrence
http://www.burtonsoasismotel.ca/ has limited space - BOOK NOW to get a spot, otherwise book accommodation within easy driving distance] [NOTE: This establishment's "cancellation policy" (always check such things!), for people reserving NOW, because it is so early, is 30 days[!], but, if people re-confirm in early summer (ie. at least 30 days ahead of time), this number will come down to 2-3 days.]
 
August 15 - eastern Cape Breton
 
JOHN MAUNDER

The Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society has two field guides to the coastal plain plants on their website, one from 2005 and a newer one from 2011. There are links to these guides on the downloads page. If you are unsure about whether or not to go on this field trip, I encourage you to download these files to see what plants we might see.








FEBRUARY WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Garden
 
Speakers:  Members Judy Blakeley and Helen Jones will be delighting us with their images -
 
"Flora of Southern Utah, and Northern Arizona Canyonlands".















DECEMBER WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
MUN Botanical Garden - Mt. Scio Road
Wednesday,  December 7th, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Christmas Social and Member's Photography Show
 
 
Before our social, we hope to have Election of Officers. 
 
 Please bring a small treat (sweet or savoury) to share .
Wine, tea and coffee will be provided.

 







NOVEMBER WILDFLOWER MEETING

Wednesday, November  2nd at 7:30 pm
MUN Botanical Garden
 
Speaker: Todd Boland will present the 3rd and final segment of his images  "Flora and Fauna of South Africa"
 
also
 
Todd will be available to sign copies of his newly released book "Trees and Shrubs- Newfoundland and Labrador" (Boulder Publishers).
 

 
 We remind members that the DEADLINE for submission of images to John Maunder at jem@nl.rogers.com  for the December social is midnight.,
November 6th.






The October Meeting
Will Take Place Wednesday as scheduled at 7:30 p.m.
at the MUN Botanical Garden
 
 

We will have a brief discussion of our next season's trip to Nova Scotia, with an opportunity to ask questions, yet keeping in mind that it is at beginning stages of planning. We would like to give our  Nova Scotian friends an idea of the number of members interested in going on the trip.  
  
A reminder that it is membership renewal time, and Karen will be on hand to accept renewals.

  
 
We begin our season with a presentation by member, Gene Herzberg who will be showing us "The Northern Peninsula, two trips, different results"

As a result of the rather depressing weather during the wildflower season which led to the cancellation of our annual end-of-the season get together, Gene’s presentation will be followed by some wine and cake.

 



Field Trip to Nova Scotia in 2012

As you will be aware from a recent email from the Secretary, there are tentative plans for a summer field trip to view coastal plain plants in Nova Scotia in the summer of 2012. The Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society has two field guides to these plants on their website, one from 2005 and a newer one from this year. I have provided links to these guides on the downloads page. If you are unsure about whether or not to go on this field trip, I encourage you to download these files to see what plants we might see.



Rhodora Online


Copies of Rhodora, the Journal of the New England Botanical Club from Volume 1 (1899) to Volume 106 (2004) are available online at the Botanicus Site. There is a link to the site on the links page. The journal was founded by Fernald and contains many articles about Newfoundland and Labrador plants.



Todd Boland’s New Book on Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador has been released.
Pick up a copy at your favourite bookseller.

Trees & Shrubs NL image small

Todd Boland is the Research Horticulturist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden and is one of the founding members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildflower Society. He has written and lectured on various aspects of horticulture and native plants across North America.


The author of: Island Insects: a photographic potpourri of Newfoundland 'bugs' - Digital Edition has made copies available for download for free. There is a link to his site on the downloads page.


Summer Field Trip 2011

This year’s field trip will explore the Terra Nova National Park area and the Bonavista area from July 31-August 5.

You can download a copy of the agenda for this summer’s Field Trip on the Downloads page.








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 gene.herzberg@gmail.com.


















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.