Weed Wrangle®, is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. Typical unwelcome plants are honeysuckle (Lonicera japonicaand L. maackii), Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense), winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei), autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata var. parviflora), English ivy (Hedera helix) and kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata).
The first Weed Wrangle® Knoxville on March 5, 2016 is gone but not forgotten. With a participation of almost 90 at 4 different sites, a great deal of honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii and L. japonica), winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei), English ivy (Hedera helix), Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) and other invasive plants were removed. It was amazing how much was done in just 3 hours, and the partners were pleased with the effort: Ijams Nature Center; Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum; Lakeshore Park and Baker Creek Preserve (formerly the Wood Property)/Legacy Parks in South Knoxville. Members of the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plants Council and Invasive Plant Control Inc. were on hand to provide education. Ijams has already ordered native plants for areas where invasives have been removed. A result of the Weed Wrangle® Knoxville was the creation of a tool bank at Ijams where community organizations can borrow the tools that were used in the Wrangle to remove invasive plants elsewhere in Knoxville.
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, Weed Wrangle® volunteers learn, practice, and begin a habit of maintaining an area free of invasive plants and encourage replanting with natives in removal areas. By engaging our neighbors and challenging them to take action in their own spaces, we hope to create a movement that will have the greatest impact on the invasive plant population.With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. Volunteer Opportunities is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us or click on the links below to learn more about our commitment to this cause and how you can join us in this effort.