The WWWS is a local, non-profit group dedicated to the use and protection of native plants in parks, gardens and other spaces. Our members range from hobby gardeners to graduate students in Botany and Ecology to professional landscape architects. What brings us together is our desire to develop and promote a better understanding of and appreciation for Canada’s native flora.
Meetings are usually held the 3rd Wednesday of each month from September to June. During these meetings, issues concerning the group are addressed, invited speakers give their presentations, plant raffles take place, and the members socialize over coffee and cookies. While all our meetings are open to the public, we encourage regular visitors to join Nature Guelph to receive the benefits of membership and help support our organization.
Other activities include trips, local plant salvages and schoolyard restoration projects. We have also established a wildflower garden outside the Botany Department’s greenhouse at the University of Guelph. Although our financial resources are small, our plant raffles and annual native plant sales at the Guelph Farmers’ Market every May enable us to offer contributions to organizations dedicated to the promotion and preservation of natural habitats.
Since our inception, we are pleased to have contributed to the protection of tallgrass prairie through the Prairie Patron Program, and to the preservation of natural habitat in Ontario through Ontario Nature and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.