Report of Mary Scott Nature Park workday October 3, 2020
On a delightfully cool, sunny October afternoon, five neighbors and GNPS members worked at Mary Scott Nature Park. Plus, we had two teenagers earning service hours.
With our summer rains, many plants continue to bloom: Phlox paniculata, Rudbeckia hirta, purple coneflower, Georgia basil, ageratum, and goldenrod. The beautyberry bushes are covered with magenta berries. Butterfly weed is producing many seeds.
Japanese chaff flower and Japanese stiltgrass were pulled from the northwest corner of the park. Vines were pulled from trees in that area. Debris was piled on the bank between the chimneys and the creek to discourage the destruction of the soil by people’s foot traffic. Some crossvine was laid on some of the bare areas. Stokes’ asters were deadheaded. The Georgia aster has many buds. Small trees and other weeds were removed from path edges. Oriental bittersweet was dug from the planting oval.
The high school students planted green and gold next to the ADA parking slot.
The next scheduled workday will be Saturday, November 7, 2020, 2-4pm, when we plan to continue removing nonnative plants. Please bring your gardening gloves, soil knife/trowel, and kneeler to help.