Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Trees for Hub Hospice

The 2016 “Trees for Hub Hospice” initiative is an excellent opportunity to  help the environment, create habitat for birds, butterflies etc., while supporting  a wonderful cause for the community.

“With assistance from local horticultural experts Ed Lawrence, Al Potvin and Ron Ayling, Hub Hospice is able to offer a selection of shade, flowering and fruit trees suitable for our area at very reasonable prices.”

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“Trees for Hub Hospice Campaign” news release: Thanks to the generosity of the Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce, Hub Hospice Palliative Care is carrying on the legacy of this greening initiative as a fundraiser to support home palliative care services.  With assistance from local horticultural experts Ed Lawrence, Al Potvin and Ron Ayling, Hub Hospice is able to offer a selection of shade, flowering and fruit trees suitable for our area at very reasonable prices. By buying a tree through the Trees for Hub Hospice campaign, you can beautify your property and the community, help the environment, and support your neighbors in need.

Trees sized up to 10 ft. tall are priced under $100 and include fertilizer, compost and an informative planting seminar.  Cleaner air, cooler buildings, better water quality, reduced soil erosion, and increased property value are just a few of many great reasons to plant trees.

For more information, please contact the Trees for Hub Hospice Campaign Team by email at 


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RVFN: Trees and the Environment

Rideau Valley Field NaturalistsInformation contact: Judy Buehler – (613) 326-0106;

Trees and the Environment topic of next RVFN meeting

By Judy Buehler
Rideau Valley Field Naturalists

‘Give me some acorns and a shovel and I will repair the planet…,” says Diana Beresford-Kroeger.

Diana will be speaking at the Rideau Valley Field Naturalists’ meeting on Sunday, February 3rd where she will talk on native trees of eastern North America. Before our ancestors arrived, native peoples held some trees sacred and used some for medicinal purposes. Over the last century, a lot of our forests have come down. In order to fight global warming, these forests must go back up.

Beresford-Kroeger, a scientist and author specializing in classical botany and medical biochemistry, was raised in Ireland and now lives near Merrickville. Her work, ‘Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest’ won the American National Arbor Day Foundation Media Award for exemplary educational work on trees and forests. She is currently working on ‘Arboretum Borealis’, a sister book, about the great northern forests and their importance in the global system.

The general public is invited to join the RVFN for their meeting at 2 p.m., Sun., Feb. 3, in the All-Purpose Room at the Perth and District Indoor Swimming Pool on Wilson Street at Sunset Boulevard. There is a small admission fee of $5.00 for non-members.

For more information about the RVFN, contact Judy Buehler at 326-0106.

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Speaker Helps Field Naturalists Rediscover Trees

Press Release
Missisisippi Valley Field Naturualists
September 21, 2002
Written by: Cliff Bennett

Speaker Helps Field Naturalists Rediscover Trees 

Autumn ColoursThere are probably many ways of looking at a forest, but surely the most manageable method is to focus on a single tree. This was the message delivered by one of Canada’s noted lichenologists Rob Lee, at the first autumn meeting of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, held recently at the United Church in Almonte.

Rob Lee, an award winning member of the Ottawa Field Naturalists and leader of the Macoun Field Naturalists Club for junior members, told the audience of MVFN members and guests of a ten year project to identify and study individual trees in an NCC forest in West Ottawa.

Entitled “Hooked on Trees”, each Macoun member adopted their own tree ten years ago, sketched and photographed and studied all the field marks, the tree’s attributes and its interaction with the rest of the forest. In subsequent years, the members returned to the forest, found their personal tree and updated their information on it.

Using a series of excellent colour slides, Lee illustrated, for example, a hickory tree adopted by a Macoun member, who listed its age, timing of leaves in spring and fall patterns, how and when it produced nuts and other special features of the tree. By the time the child is ten years older, he will have learned not only the biology of this one tree but, by comparing notes from others, will become very knowledgeable about the entire life of the forest.

MVFN host for the evening Roberta Clarke introduced and thanked Mr. Lee and presented him with a token of appreciation. During the question period, it became evident that Rob kindled much enthusiasm and heightened awareness of trees and forests, something non-naturalist people seem to take for granted.

The next indoor meeting of MVFN is Thursday, Oct. 17 and the guest presenter is noted birding expert Tony Beck. Meanwhile, check out programme details and other nature matters on the MVFN website,

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