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Paul will be presenting Tracing the Roots of Native Plants. Paul will explore what defines a ‘native’ plant, and look at the evolution of plants and the impact of people on our native plant communities. An emphasis will be placed the native plants of Ontario and how they came to flourish in the area.
Paul Laporte 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.