Upcoming Events

Invasive Plant Removal Party
Spicebush Swamp Park, Mountain Rd.
West Hartford
March 25, July 15, and November 4, 2023
9 am – 12 pm

eth 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 860-729-4150/blovelandsennett56@gmail.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)
Instructor Brian Colleran
Certificate Field: Basic and Advanced, Botany


FALL 2019 CIPWG General Meeting- Oct 24 2019

CIPWG Fall General Meeting, October 24, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

– free and open to all interested individuals

– Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Ave., Vernon, CT

Come hear updates on invasive plants and native alternatives in Connecticut.

Special Guest Speaker, Annise Dobson,   Asian Jumping Worms 101: 

Identification, Impacts on Plants and Ecosystems, and Steps Toward Solutions

Full Agenda    Driving Directions


2018 CIPWG Symposium Podcasts

To listen to recent podcasts about the upcoming CIPWG Symposium, click the links below:

  1. Donna Ellis interviewed with John Voket from Connoisseur Media:




  1.  Charlotte Pyle and Judy Preston were interviewed by Suzanne Thompson with CT Outdoors:


http://www.wliswmrd.net/ – click on “On Demand” and scroll through Podcasts to 8//28/18 podcast.

Japanese Barberry, Ticks, and Lyme Disease

Listed below are various news articles regarding Japanese Barberry, Ticks and Lyme Disease: