Welcome to the Native Plant Study Group!

Native Plant Swap & Social

Thursday June 16 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
at the Swan Lake Nature House front grounds
3873 Swan Lake Road
Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories

Find out more about Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary

It is hosted by members of the Native Plant Study Group

Bring native plants or seeds you have grown in your garden to swap with your fellow NPSG members and native plant enthusiasts! This is a casual, unstructured event for catching up, sharing ideas, and answering questions. It will be outdoors under tents. We will have access to washrooms inside the Nature House.

NOTE: If bringing native plants or seeds to share/give/swap, please include labels and read the notes below**

6:00-6:30 Plant Set up
6:30-8:20 Plant Swap & Social
8:20 Raffle!
8:30 End & Clean up

A bonus raffle for special native plants, books, and other plant-themed prizes will be at about 8:20pm

Tea and cookies will be provided. Bring a treat to share if you like!

NPSG Members: FREE
Non-Members: By donation (you can become a member at the event)
CASH ONLY for raffle
Cheques or e-transfer accepted for membership or donations

All funds go to the Moralea Milne Memorial Environmental Fund to support local restoration and native plant projects.

**Bringing plants to swap?

  • Please label them! This really helps the process of educating fellow gardeners and saves us time in the long run.
  • If you are bringing lots of plants or seeds, please come a little early so we can set them up or arrange pick up or drop off in padvance with Paige by emailing nativeplantstudygroup@gmail.com
  • Please ensure plants are native to the local region, meaning they occurred in the habitats of this ecological region (Victoria/Saanich/Sooke/Gulf Islands) prior to European colonization, in order to maintain the genetic integrity of our local flora and biodiversity. That means no California poppy, Creeping thyme, Oxalis, Inside-out flower, or others not found locally but are native to other parts of BC or the Pacific Northwest. Those are lovely plants, but just not for the purpose of this swap. Thank you for your understanding. If you are unsure, please email us! nativeplantstudygroup@gmail.com

NEXT SPEAKER Thursday, September 15 2022 7:00pm

Talk: Connecting Community to a Critical Urban Wild Space

with Dr. Cara Gibson, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary

Where: Zoom

When: Thursday September 15, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific

Register in advance for this meeting on Zoom: coming soon

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. NOTE: Some email accounts from Outlook and Hotmail may not receive the confirmation email due to strict spam filters.

Registration link will also be sent via the NPSG email newslettersign up here

TOPIC: Learn about native seed production and how to grow native plants from seed

Join us as Dr. Cara Gibson talks about some of the history of Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary and introduces current initiatives, including Junior Stewards, Wetland Waterkeepers, Pollinator Party and Adopt-a-Patch.(photos above are of the junior stewards)


Cara Gibson

Cara has a BSc in Biology from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s and PhD in Entomology from the University of Arizona. Cara taught in higher education for 20+ years and her background spans biodiversity monitoring, science research and management, instructional design, fundraising, community organizing and scientific illustration. Cara joined the Nature Sanctuary as a Board member in 2019 and stepped into the Executive Director role in 2020. She is happy to be here today to talk about the Nature Sanctuary’s history, as well as stewardship and restoration initiatives that are underway or getting started.fication, restoration, and naturescaping.

Meeting Agenda:
6:45-7:00 Arrive for Meeting
7:00-7:15 Welcome, Introductions
7:15-8:15 Presentation by Speaker (includes questions)
8:15-9:00 Announcements, Upcoming Events, Questions about Native Plants, Social Chat (optional)

Native Plant Study Group is on Zoom!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NPSG is still using Zoom to host our monthly talks. Meeting details will be sent out via the NPSG email newsletter. Members are guaranteed a spot and the remaining spots are free and open to non-members. If you would like to become a member, please see our Membership Info.

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Who We Are

The Native Plant Study Group is dedicated to learning about the native plants of British Columbia as wild populations and in garden settings, while promoting their use and conservation. Our diverse membership ranges from biologists to hobby gardeners, from horticulturists to plant enthusiasts.
General meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from September to May (except December) and feature a speaker, draw for native plants, and discussion.

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Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Native Plant Study Group respectfully acknowledges that we meet on the unceded territory of the WSANEC and Lekwungen Peoples. We are a garden group with a strong interest in gardening with native plants for their aesthetic, intrinsic, and conservation values. We gratefully recognize the longstanding stewards of these plants and ecosystems, as well as their cultural significance.

We encourage a safe and respectful space for everyone to learn along with us in the process of decolonization.