Sunday was the Third Annual Green Seattle Day, where around 700 people turned out to replace invasive plants with native plants in 20 parks around the city. As part of our new Urban Gardening Committee at Sustainable Capitol Hill, several of us worked with others in our community to plant native plants in our neighborhood greenbelt.
And… did I mention that in the morning it was ABSOLUTELY POURING DOWN RAIN??! But we braved it!
We met and huddled under cover to learn basic tool skills and safety information. And then we set to work, clearing ivy and other (mostly English) invasives, and planting oregon grapes, yews, dogwood, ferns, and much more.
Fortunately later in the day we were rewarded with beautiful sunshine, some very sore muscles (!!!), and - most importantly – a feeling that we’d helped make this park a welcome home to native wildlife.
Melinda, Gabriel, Jill, Alexis, Clayton (left to right)
For more information about native and invasive plants – and what you can do to help, please visit:
- Your state or country’s native plant society (eg, the Washington Native Plant Society)
- Your county or region’s native plant website (eg, King County’s Native Plant Guide)
- The National Arboretum’s Invasive Plant Website (includes links to individual state information)
- The National Wildlife Federation
- Your local Master Gardener program
- Department of the Environment (Australia)
- Natural History Museum’s Native Plant Guide (UK)
- Database of Alien Plants & Invasive Species Ireland (Ireland)
- Invasive Species in Belgium (Belgium)
- Ministry For The Environment & Department of Conservation (New Zealand)
- Please leave a comment if you know of other resources in your area!!
Update: LatigoLiz has shared two great resources:
- http://www.ivyout.org/ (All about English Ivy)
- http://www.kingcd.org/ (Bare root native plant source, based here in King County)