These plants upset the natural balance of our ecosystem and are crowding out native plants and wildflowers.
Learn how to identify native and non-native plant species plus important invasive removal techniques. Sponsored by the
Friends of Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
Vine, semi-evergreen, blooms May
This fast-growing vine, though has beautiful flowers, chokes native plants, shrubs, and trees. Creates dense groundcover in forests preventing native wildflowers from flourishing. Easily pulled from ground, easy to recognize this time of year.
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Biennial plant, seed pods develop by May
Known to crowd out native wildflowers and herbaceous plants in forest communities. The presence of Garlic Mustard in an ecosystem is known to greatly diminish the diversity of species.
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) blooms late summer
With a highly invasive root system, this perennial can rapidly crowd out native plants. A dense canopy up to 15 feet tall can develop and very little plant life can grow underneath its shade.
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Porcelain Berry (Ampelopsis glandulosa)
blooms June-August; fruit develops by August
Porcelain berry, a highly invasive vine that smothers plants & trees, is easily identified by its multi-colored fruit in late summer/fall. Fills niche of native fox grape (same family Vitaceae) which is a valuable food source for birds & wildlife.
A perfect opportunity for scouts, environmental groups, students & anyone who just wants to give back to their community. Volunteers are welcome at any time and can stay as long as they wish. We recommend volunteers bring work or garden gloves, bring any clippers or hedge trimmers if available (for multiflora rose day), a hat, wear socks (to pull up over pants), sneakers, light colored clothing, long sleeve shirt, long pants, and a bag lunch with water if you desire. Water and light snacks will be provided.
If you cannot make these dates, feel free to contact us with a specific date for you or your group to volunteer on preserve.
Contact Veronica Natale (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions and please RSVP
or call Garvies Point Museum at 516-571-8010/11.