Big Seed from Little Bug, by David Smith
This man answered a call for improving the state of native plants in New Brunswick.
Native to Saskatchewan, by Julie MacKenzie
A passion for native prairie finds expression in this woman's work with ranchers and in her home life as a farmer.
Quiet Companions, by Yves Gourdeau
A retired-doctor-turned-photographer reflects on the beauty and constancy of the native wildflowers he has been 'visiting' in Quebec since his youth.
Bring Back the Tadpoles!, by Cynthia Cohlmeyer
Passion and determination brought about transformation of a typical neighbourhood park in Manitoba into a haven for native plants and wildlife.
Life in the Limestone Barrens, by Dulcie House
Learning about the Limestone Barrens of the Great Northern Peninsula in the island of Newfoundland caused one woman to take on a new challenge in order to join the ranks of the many people who are helping to preserve this unique ecosystem.
I have always known that at last I would take this road, but yesterday I did not know it would be today.
- Akira No Narihara, 9th century, Japan
Although a shrub, the beaked hazel (Corylus cornuta) is a member of the birch family. Male and female flowers are separate, but are on the same bush. This is a female flower, which is much smaller and more colourful than the male. The fruits ripen into edible nuts (hazelnuts) in autumn. For centuries, native peoples used the wood to make arrows, and in some areas the buds and roots were used to make a blue dye. In Canada, the plant is found in moist woods and thickets from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador.