PLANT IDENTIFICATION

United States Department of Agriculture
This excellent site includes Canadian distribution and shows pictures and range maps.  It is searchable by scientific or common name.  I find it useful to search by genus and compare subspecies and their occurrence in Ontario.
http://plants.usda.gov/


Ontario Wildflowers
Walter Muma provides multiple photos of the same species to help with identification.  Good keys for sorting out Asters and Goldenrod.  Links to other information about native plants in Ontario
http://ontariowildflowers.com/index.php


Flora of North America
A lot of technical information, but good keys and illustrations.  I have used this site to key out species of sedge - the detailed drawings are excellent.
http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1


PROPAGATING FROM SEED

Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society
An excellent germination guide for all sorts of native and non-native seeds.  The Germination Guide is in the top menu.
http://www.onrockgarden.com/


Tom Clothier Garden Walk and Talk
Another great resource for germinating all kinds of seeds.  Check out the gardening articles too.
http://tomclothier.hort.net/

ORGANIZATIONS and SOCIETIES

North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS)Photos. articles, special events, resources and one of the best annual seed exchanges on the continent.  Local chapters exist in your region too.
http://www.nargs.org/

 

North American Native Plant Society (NANPS)
NANPS is a volunteer-operated registered charitable organization concerned with preserving native plant habitat in wild areas and restoring indigenous flora to developed areas.
http://www.nanps.org/

Ottawa Valley Rock Garden and Horticultural Society (OVRGHS)
Active group of gardeners that organize monthly speakers, tours, workshops as well as a seed exchange of hardy species.  The group includes members who are knowledgeable about native species.
http://www.ovrghs.ca/

Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society (ORGHPS)
Active group of gardeners that organize monthly speakers, tours, workshops as well as a seed exchange of hardy species.  Monthly meeting sin Toronto and a monthly journal.  The website is excellent.  

http://www.onrockgarden.com/

American Penstemon Society A group dedicated to the study and cultivation of the 100s of species of... Penstemons.  A bit specialized, but a fascinating group of North American plants.  Annual seed exchange and trips.  http://www.apsdev.org/

Ottawa Field Naturalists Club (OFNC)
A very active group focused on study and conservation especially in Eastern Ontario.  They offer great field trips and the website is a great entry to resource materials.
http://www.ofnc.ca/
 
Quinte Field Naturalists (QFN)
http://naturestuff.net/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=34&Itemid=33
 
Prince Edward County Filed Naturalists (PECFN)
http://naturestuff.net/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=137&Itemid=33

 FAVORITE PLACES to VISIT

Sheffield Conservation Area
Unique plant communities, excellent hiking and some rare species.  Located north of Napanee, south of Kaladar.
http://quinteconservation.ca/site/images/stories/conservation_areas/docs/sheffield.pdf


Frink Centre
A good system of trails leads you into a surprising variety of plant habitats - boardwalks through cattail, water lily marshes, cool cedar swamps, river edge, maple/beech/hickory woods, ferns, orchids, etc.  (Great birding too with some local rarities such as Least Bittern).  Just north of Belleville at Planifiled.
http://www.fofc.ca/

Fletcher Wildlife Garden 
Located next to Ottawa's Arboretum and Experimental Farm (also worth a visit), the FWG is a long-term project of the OFNC that cultivates a variety of habitats for native flora and fauna.  Check out interesting articles at the website.
http://www.ofnc.ca/fletcher.php

Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area (Brighton)
Hike around remnants of Ontario prairie and oak savannah.  Interesting glacial features as well.
http://www.ltc.on.ca/conservation/ca/gl/



Larose Forest
Fascinating biodiversity in an extensive area of forest, swamps and wetlands.  Roads and trails provide excellent hiking.  A visit in any season is well worth while.

http://en.prescott-russell.on.ca/visitors_and_leisure/larose_forest
Limerick Forest
A number of different tracts provide hiking and viewing through varied plant habitats.  Check out Area 3 map especially with its boardwalk through a marsh.  Good opportunities for viewing woodland and wetland species.
http://www.limerickforest.ca/en/index.asp


Purdon Conservation Area
Well known for its late spring display of Showy Lady Slipper Orchids.
http://mvc.on.ca/places-to-see/purdon/

Quinte/Prince Edward Conservation Areas
http://quinteconservation.ca/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=45

RESOURCES


Plants of Lanark County, Ontario
http://www.lanarkflora.com/
Andy's Northern Ontario Wildflowers
 
Great photos.
http://www.ontariowildflower.com/index.htm#top

Natural Insect Control
Source for environmentally responsible pest control, beneficial insects, soil nutrients, etc.
http://www.naturalinsectcontrol.com

Harvest Hastings
 
Local producers of food and agricultural products.

http://www.harvesthastings.ca/