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 May 1, 2015 Membership is $10 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

The 2015 Society Financial statement is available on the Annual Financial Reports page.

The Haricot Field Trip, originally scheduled for this coming Sunday, July 26,, will be re-scheduled, because the flowering season has been SO SLOW!

The new date will probably be sometime in late August.

                                               July 5th, 2015 Sunday, Downtown Wildflower Walk


We will meet at 10:00 am at the top of the courthouse steps, Duckworth St. We will then proceed to the "west", by various sidewalk routes. (Last year's walk covered the area to the "east" of the courthouse steps.)

Walk duration: about 2 hours. A slow ramble.

In case of bad weather, watch your e-mail, or call John Maunder at 335-2462.

Japanese Pearlwort - Sagina japonica. Water Street. Courthouse parking area. In cracks between cobblestones. Very rare introduction.

Hope to see you on the 5th!



Booking Accommodation for our July 18-July 19 Field Trip to the Bay Roberts Area (1 night only)

Meeting Time and Place: Powell's Supermarket parking lot (by the main traffic lights in Bay Roberts by 9:30 am on July 18th, 2015. We will botanize all day July 18th, and until sometime after lunch on July 19th, 2015.
Please bring boots, rain-gear, magnifying glass, field guide, and lunch time snack.

Please book accommation as soon as possible. There is only a few remaining rooms at Bay Roberts Hotel and Scrunchions Restaurant (formerly the Klondyke Hotel)

Booking Options: See below, there are also several B&B's in the area (NL Tourism Guide).
1. Bay Roberts Hotel, 72-76 Water Street, Bay Roberts, phone: 709- 786-4700, fax- 709 786-4747, toll free #: 1-800-786-4703, or email:
2. Silverwood Inn, Bay Roberts (389-399 Conception Bay Highway) phone: 709 -786-4466, toll free #: 1-800-663-4450, fax- 709 786-1313, or email:
(I have not been there recently, so I cannot vouch for the hotel's quality- John).

3. Fong's Motel and Restaurant, 143 Columbus Drive, Carbonear, phone- 709-596-5114 or email:

Note: On checking price range for both Bay Roberts Hotel and Silverwood Inn, the cost is between $124-$149 plus tax. Double rooms have either two double beds or two queens bed which allows for shared accomodation.

On checking with Fong's Motel and Restaurant the cost is approximately $80 plus tax for single room and $84 for double room (two double beds).
Bay Roberts Hotel and the Silverwood Inn both have restaurants, but neither is open until noon time brunch. However, there are several earteries in close proximity to the hotels. Bay Roberts Hotel is willing to make a breakfast (extra charge).

Further information: please call:
 John Maunder, Leader - phone:335-2462 or
Carmel Conway Wildflower Society of NL, phone: 722-0121 or

Monday, June 8th, 2015 starting at: 6:00 p.m.


Leader: Glen Ryan
"Spring Shrubs Blooming"
Meet:  parking lot, Geo Centre
It might be helpful to bring along "Shrubs of Newfoundland" by Glen Ryan, or "Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland" by Todd Boland
-in case of inclement weather, please contact Glen before heading out for walk: call 739-6146 or cell- 728-9027
Species of special interest:
Chuckley Pear (Amelanchier spp.)!
Rhodora (Rhododendron canadense)
Mountain Holly (Ilex (= Nemopanthus) mucronata)
Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)

Sunday May 24 WFS Field Trip to See the Three Types of Crowberry on the Top of Nagles Hill, St. John's

Date: Sunday, May 24

Time: 10:30 am

Place: The top of Nagles Hill Road ... Go PAST the entrance to the golf course, all the way to the end of the road.

Parking: At the wide area at the end of the road, from where people walk up to the Three Pond Barrens [note: we will NOT be going up the main Three Pond Barrens path!].

Boots: YES

Hand lens: YES

Crowberries expected:

   E. nigrum nigrum (Common Black Crowberry - male and female flowers on different plants)

   Empetrum nigrum hermaphroditum (Hermaphroditic Black Crowberry - male and female flowers on same plants)

   Empetrum atropurpureum (Purple Crowberry)

For photos of crowberries, see the Crowberry Page on the "Digital Flora" ...

Wildflower Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
Field Trip Schedule, Avalon Peninsula – 2015

Please note that there will be NO week-long field trip this year.

It is acknowledged that all field trips listed below will be held on the Avalon Peninsula. West coast, and other, members are encouraged to organize field trips in their local areas. Please let us know if you do.

All field trip dates are subject to change if the weather is too foul! Dates in square brackets are the first backup dates. All dates, including first backup dates, are either Saturdays or Sundays.


May 23 [24] [2 hours] (date is subject to change, depending on eventual flowering dates, stay tuned):

Crowberry (Empetrum) Blooming,
Nagle’s Hill, St. John’s.
Leader: John Maunder

Three “species” of special interest:

Common Black Crowberry (Empetrum nigrum ssp. nigrum)
Hermaphroditic Black Crowberry (
Empetrum nigrum ssp. hermaphroditum)
Purple Crowberry (
Empetrum atropurpureum)

June 13 [14] [2 hours] (date subject to change, depending on eventual flowering dates, stay tuned):

Spring Shrubs Blooming (a tradition).
GEO Centre, St. John’s.
Leader: Glen Ryan.

Species” of special interest:

Chuckley Pear (Amelanchier spp.)!
Rhodora (
Rhododendron canadense)
Mountain Holly (
Ilex (= Nemopanthus) mucronata)
Pin Cherry (
Prunus pensylvanica)

July 5 [2 hours] (Sunday morning, because of parking):

Downtown Sidewalks
west” of the old Museum, St. John’s.
Leader: John Maunder

Current checklist = 156 species!

July 11 [12] [1/2 day]:

Manuels River Trail.
Manuels River, Conception Bay South
Leader: John Maunder

Some species of special interest:

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Fragile Fern (
Cystopteris fragilis)
One-flowered Broom-rape (
Orobanche uniflora)
Lake Quillwort (
Isoëtes lacustris)
Tuckerman’s Quillwort (
Isoëtes tuckermanii)
Harvey’s Hybrid Quillwort (
Isoëtes ×harveyi)
Bush Honeysuckle (
Diervilla lonicera)

July 18-19 [two days] [Stay over at Bay Roberts, or Carbonear, or similar.]:

Bay Roberts and General Vicinity.
Leader: John Maunder

Some species of special interest:


July 26 [25] [Note the reverse day-preference because of tide] [full day] [low tide at nearby St. Mary’s is at 10:23 am Sunday July 26 (0.81 m)] [Meet at east side of Colinet Bridge, near Angelica occurrence, at 10:00 am]

Haricot, The Tickles, Collin’s Pond
Leader: John Maunder/Howard Clase

Some species of special interest:

Floating Hearts (Nymphoides cordata) in bloom (Collin’s Pond)
Wild Angelica (
Angelica sylvestris) (Colinet Junction)
Virginia Glasswort (
Salicornia depressa) (Haricot)
Maritime (= Rich’s) Seablite (
Suaeda maritima) (Haricot)
Northern Sandspurry (
Spergularia canadensis) (Haricot)
Ditchgrass (
Ruppia maritima) (Haricot)
Common Trailing Cinquefoil (
Potentilla simplex) (Haricot)
Horned Gentian (
Halenia deflexa) (The Tickles)

August 22 [23] [full day]

Whitbourne [option of continuing on to Cataracts Provincial Park, and the Rocky River?]
Leader: John Maunder
Some species of special interest:

Mass blooming of Scottish Heather (Calluna vulgaris) [spectacular]
Black Dogberry (
Sorbaronia sp.) in berry
Black Alder, European Alder (
Alnus glutinosa)
Water Horsetail (
Equisetum fluviatile) massive beds
Whorled Watermilfoil (
Myriophyllum verticillatum)
Acadian Quillwort (
Isoëtes acadiensis)
Tuckerman’s Quillwort (
Isoëtes tuckermanii)

September 5 [6] [full day]

Bristol’s Hope
Leader: Howard Clase/Gene and Karen Herzberg

Species of special interest:

Lesser Water-plantain (Baldellia ranunculoides) [only know North American occurrence!]

September 12 [13] [2 hours]

Mundy Pond, St. John’s
Leader: Glen Ryan

Species of special interest:

Brenda’s Goldenrod (Solidago brendiae)?

September 26 [27] [1/2 day]

Shea Heights (Southside Hills) Communication Towers
Leader: John Maunder

Species of special interest:

Pink Crowberry (Empetrum eamsii), plus the interesting “red-berried variant”


Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Gardens, Mt. Scio
Speaker:  Judy Blakeley
Topic:    Southern Africa (2014) Part 2: Some Fauna and Flora of South Africa


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.