The natural world has much to tell us about the health of our environment. The Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens’ staff are fostering this communication process by serving as the Nova Scotia Coordinators of the national monitoring program PlantWatch. PlantWatch is part of the NatureWatch series of volunteer monitoring programs designed to help identify ecological changes that may be affecting our environment. A joint venture between Nature Canada and Environment Canada, PlantWatch partners include representatives from each province and territory.

Our goal is to encourage Canadians of all ages to get involved in helping scientists discover how, and more importantly why, our natural environment is changing. The PlantWatch program enables "citizen scientists" to get involved by recording flowering times for selected plant species and reporting these dates to researchers through the Internet or by mail. When you submit your data electronically, it's added instantly to Web maps showing bloom dates across Canada, so your observations make a difference right away!

Sign up to become a PlantWatch observer today. Visit: