The Knoxville Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, is sponsoring Knoxville’s first-ever Weed Wrangle Knoxville on March 5, 2016 and invite the public to volunteer in the effort. Volunteers will gather from 9:00 am to noon at our partner sites; Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Legacy Parks Knoxville/Wood Property and Lakeshore Park to help wrangle non-native invasive plants.
Weed Wrangle is a Garden Club of America Partners for Plants (P4P) project that was created by the Garden Club of Nashville. In an effort to further the Garden Club of America’s commitment to conservation throughout the state of Tennessee, the Weed Wrangle project has been adopted by the Garden Club of Lookout Mountain, Memphis Garden Club, the Little Garden Club of Memphis and the Knoxville Garden Club.
Supervised by experts in invasive weed management from Invasive Plant Control and the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, P4P members and community volunteers will learn about invasive pest plants, locate and remove them. Typical unwelcome plants are honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica and L. mackii), Chinese privet (Ligustrum sins), winter creeper (Euonymus fortune) and English Ivy (Hedera helix). The goal is two-fold: restoration and preservation. Organizers seek to raise awareness of the “green scourge” before more of our native plants lose the fight for light and nutrients they require to survive.