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These leaflets offer practical advice and information to help you with a variety of activities ranging from the use of native plants in gardening to the conservation of biodiversity.

  • Surveying Your Garden
    Practical advice for identifying the conditions in your garden before you get started in native plant gardening, whether you're starting from scratch or converting an existing garden.
  • Getting Started in Native Plant Gardening
    Practical tips for the beginner native-plant gardener.
  • Natives at Our Nurseries
    Advice on what to ask at your garden centre or nursery when buying native plants, with a view to minimizing environmental harm and protecting your investment.
  • Creating a Safe Garden for Birds
    Easy-to-implement pointers about what birds need and how you can provide it in your garden through thoughtful plotting and appropriate plant selection.

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What you design in a garden will be shaped by weather, by the processes of life, death and decay -- things that you don't have control over. Gardens are expressions of nature and culture, and they also represent what we think nature is. We have conventional ways of thinking about gardens; we tend to assume that gardens are green and the sky is blue.

- Susan Herrington

Southern maidenhair fern, Adiantum capillus-veneris S93-055.
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The southern maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) prefers a warm and humid climate, in shaded, moist sites on calcareous and porous rock. In Canada, those conditions are met near mineral-rich hot springs, but in only two locations. These are in southeastern British Columbia, on the private property of a commercial hot-spring resort. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has designated the species in Canada as endangered. The two populations are threatened by recreational activities and development, and, although the fern reproduces sexually through spores and vegetatively through rhizomes, the Canadian populations are no longer producing spores.


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