Invasive Plant Removal Party
Spicebush Swamp Park, Mountain Rd.
March 25, July 15, and November 4, 2023
9 am – 12 pm
Beth Ann Loveland Sennett
Co-Chair, Civic Projects
West Hartford Garden Club
“Please mark your calendars for March 25, 2023 from 9am – 12noon for an invasive plant removal party at Spicebush Swamp Park, Mountain Rd., in West Hartford. If you are interested, please text, email, or call me at email@example.com so that I can plan accordingly. I will have handouts, and guided instruction will be provided. Many of you joined us last year, so you will need only a little review. More information will follow soon about best attire, gear to bring, and more.
As you know, invasive plants are non-native species that spread aggressively in natural areas. Invasive plants have replaced native species in many different habitats in Connecticut. When native plants are displaced in the landscape, the diversity of native birds, insects, other animals, and plants may be decreased and ecosystem functions may suffer.
On 3/25/23, we will focus on cutting Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus), Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) (or pull if it is small), and Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) to the soil level. We will pull Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata).
We have two more invasive plant removal parties on the calendar – for July 15, 2023, and November 4, 2023, also from 9-noon.
Native Plant Trust
Invasive Knotweeds: Evaluating Impacts
How and why do invasive knotweeds cause erosion, and what can you do about it? In this follow-up hybrid course, you will learn about the larger context of knotweeds, including how their management contributes to a more climate-resilient future and ways to integrate new scientific findings into existing conservation practices. The first class will be live virtual and the second will take place in the field. The online portion repeats what the literature tells us for newcomers, and will review the site investigation done in “Invasive Knotweeds: Predicting Impacts,” to begin developing management ideas. The field portion will take place in Danbury, CT. Students will evaluate changes brought about by winter, and evaluate the feasibility of the management ideas developed in the online portion of the course. Attendance at “Invasive Knotweeds: Predicting Impacts” is helpful, though not required. More info: nativeplanttrust.org
|Date/time details||March 30, 2023, 6:30-8:30 p.m. In the field: Saturday, April 1, 2023, 12:30-2:30 p.m.|
|Location||Live Virtual with Field Study in Danbury, CT|
|Fee||$60 (Native Plant Trust members)/$72 (nonmembers)|
|Certificate||Field: Basic and Advanced, Botany|