Calgary Board of Education

Environmental Learning

Native Plant Park

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photo Do's and Don'ts for the Native Park Plant

  • Do enjoy the Native Plant Park for quiet activities such as reading, sitting, group and class projects. Don't run or roughhouse or be too noisy in these areas.

  • Do play on the rocks in the amphitheatre area only.
  • Do walk on the pathways in the Native Plant Park. Try not to walk on the 'mulched' areas*, as there may be new plants growing under the mulch!
  • Do watch the plants and see how they change as they grow and flower, but please don't pick any of the flowers or other parts of the plants. This applies to trees and shrubs as well.**
  • Do watch for birds and butterflies and any other wildlife that may be attracted to the plants in the Native Plant Park.
  • Do use and have fun in the Native Plant Park! Help with caring for and protecting our trees, shrubs, and flowers.

* Mulch is the layer of wood chips that has been spread around the plants on top of the soil. Applying a mulch layer helps conserve water for the plants, as less moisture can evaporate from the soil. It also prevents weeds from growing as easily. But most importantly, the mulch prevents soil from becoming over-compacted. Most plant roots (including tree roots) grow in the top 12 inches of soil and those roots need oxygen! If the soil becomes over-compacted by too many people walking on top, oxygen is forced out of the soil, and eventually the roots may die.

** The new growth for trees and shrubs comes from the tips of the branches. The buds for the spring's growth are formed at the end of the previous summer and stay on the branches all winter, simply waiting for warm weather and longer days! By pulling the ends of branches off during the winter, you are destroying the plant's growth in the spring.