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Speaker: Paul LaPorte

Paul is the owner of Ephemeral Ark Nursery (specializing in native woodland species). Living in the Greenbelt of the GTA, he has stewarded and studied numerous native plant communities within multiple ecotypes and varied microclimates. He maintains a strong knowledge of Ontario native plant species and regularly consults on ecological gardening and design. Paul is a past president of the North American Native Plant Society and is a passionate advocate on the importance of native plants.

Topic: Building Biodiversity with Native Plants

Paul will discuss the benefits of native plants including the role that they play on the life cycle of insects and pollinators and the successive food chain that is supported by this. As well, he
will discuss how to establish a native plant garden.