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Planting Native Plants

St. Mark's Greenbelt Trail

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.

Planting for erosion control on the slope

And… did I mention that in the morning it was ABSOLUTELY POURING DOWN RAIN??! But we braved it!

Alexis Battling Invasive Holly

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.

Gabriel Trimming A Damaged Branch

Jill planting dogwood

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.

The tired but happy SCH Green Seattle Crew

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:

Update:  LatigoLiz has shared two great resources:  


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