Wild Flora and Habitat in Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society is dedicated to the appreciation and conservation of wild flora and habitat, especially in Nova Scotia. A non-profit organization and an affiliate of the North American Native Plant Society, the society welcomes all people who are interested in native flora. Members meet regularly on a social basis to host speakers, plan recreational field trips, and organize other events.
This web site serves to create awareness about the Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society, and to be a source of information for topics of interest to all wildflower enthusiasts.
Please read the President's Welcome.
Issues, Events, WorkshopsUpcoming NSWFS Events: See Programme
May 3, 2014: Native Plant Sale at
9 a.m. to noon. See website
Irving Botanical Gardens
An exceptionally beautiful film about spring in Nova Scotia's vanishing Old ForestsFeb. 24, 2014: We were asked to post a YouTube Version of this film produced by Henri Steeghs & colleagues in 2005. It expresses so well the beauty of spring in our old forests, with scenes that will be very familiar to members of the NS Wild Flora Society. Thanks to David Garbary of St. Francis Xavier for forwarding the film and to Henri Steeghs & colleagues for producing it and sharing it so generously. We hope it will be viewed by all Nova Scotians.
Details and YouTube Link
NS Wild Flora Society joins Backlands CoalitionFeb 24, 2014: We became one of nine initial members of the Backlands Coalition which was officially launched on Feb 21, 2014. The Coalition seeks to protect as much land as possible in the Purcell's Cove Backlands, a popular trekking area for NS Wild Flora folks. See Backlands Coalition
Plan Your Home Rain Garden WorkshopFeb 13, 2014: Got the Mid-Winter Blues? Start your spring rain garden planning with EAC on Tuesday February 18th, 2014 in the Ecology Action Centre kitchen from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Read more
A Rare Plant Community in the BacklandsFeb 13, 2014: The Williams Lake Conservation Company has issued a report which documents the plant communities of the Williams Lake backlands. Prominent amongst them: the rare, Jack Pine/Broom Crowberry barrens. These are well known to NS Wild Flora Society folks because the best stands anywhere occur on the Halifax mainland, but they are nationally unique, ocurring only in a handfull of windswept, exposed barrens along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and at a few sites in Maine and nowhere else. Read more
New Field Guide to Sedges of MaineSep 3, 2013: This 712 page field guide by Matt Arsenault et al. (6 authors) contains "an informative introduction, extensive keys, a glossary of botanical terms, a thorough index, and numerous color photographs of each species." Purchase from the Maine Natural History Observatory. It covers a high proportion of the sedges of Nova Scotia, and indicates regional distribution of each species. A copy will be available for inspection at our Sep. 23rd (2013) meeting.
See News for older posts.
- Lonicera villosa (mountain fly-honeysuckle)
- Lonicera canadensis (American fly-honeysuckle)
- Cardamine diphylla (toothwort)
- Fraxinus nigra (black ash)
- Fragaria virginiana ssp. virginiana (Virginia strawberry)
- Pyrola americana (American wintergreen)
Now and in the Future
By knowing our wildflowers we can better preserve them for ourselves and for the future.
Wildflowers are often abundant, but they are not indestructible - many of our loveliest ones are in danger of extinction by our carelessness. This need not happen if we observe the following rules of courtesy:
The text above is an excerpt from a book published in 1914. Even then, naturalists were concerned for the conservation of the wild flora! Source: Berniece Anderson & Arthur H Holmgren. 1914. Mountain Plants of Northeastern Utah. Logan: Utah State University. A revised edition is available online.