EVENTS Coming up: managing trails, grizzlies, anxiety, community spaces and more

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We interrupt our month-long immersion in local plantlife, to share a few upcoming events. A great resource to find out what’s going on is the Pemberton BC Facebook page. Saturday, April 18: PVTA… Continue reading

You are invited to unlock the landscape with language

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We’re halfway through our 30 day immersion in local plant knowledge, and happily, I can now recognise the Coastal Douglas Fir by its gnarly-thick bark. Thanks to a great conversation with Dawn Johnson… Continue reading

Roses are… hot pink, wild, and a medicine “for everything”

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Did you know that you can make your own cough syrup with rose hips and honey?

Native Plant Love: What does a paper birch tree and your iphone have in common?

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Sometimes, I wonder if nature and technology are duelling forces… if the presence of an iPhone, for example, while on a walk in the woods, somehow comes between me and the experience of… Continue reading

BC’s official floral emblem, the Pacific Dogwood

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Have you see the Village of Pemberton’s Landscape Plant List? It’s a great guide of plants that grow well in the region. Included, is the Pacific Dogwood, a protected plant in BC. In… Continue reading

Photo of the Week: Hardhack

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The flowers attract butterflies, bees and other insects, and the dense thickets formed by the plant provide a perfect hiding spot for small mammals, amphibians and birds.

Pacific Crabapples – free for the taking and the jelly-making

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Crab apples have a bad name. They are, after all, the punier, less polished and tarter version of their infamous cousins. And yet, just ask Pemberton’s black bears to vouch for the common… Continue reading

Plant lore: Black Cottonwood “snowfall” is a sign the rivers are full

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Black cottonwood trees play an important role in floodplains like the Pemberton Valley. It’s root system provides defence against erosion, and the abundant leaves provide a steady stream of organic nutrients often absent… Continue reading

Native Plant Love: Bitter Cherry (Psosaoz)

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The bitter cherry is native to BC.

Big Leaf Maple – a tree that gurgles with delight

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I love maples, because, even a naturalist rookie like me can identify them. But I did not know that, if I took a stethoscope to the Big Leap Maple tree, I could hear… Continue reading