IT’S TIME FOR RIVERPRIDE, THE BIGGEST CLEAN-UP OF THE YEAR!
When: May 3, 2008 (Note – 1 week earlier than normal)
Time: 9:00 – 11 AM
Where: Adena Brook Rain Garden and along Overbrook Drive
Riverpride is our group’s anniversary – we began Adena Brook Community with the 2002 Riverpride event.
Riverpride is an annual stream clean-up. Groups citywide will be removing litter from rivers, streams and brooks. We will pick up litter and focus on removing the garlic mustard. Garlic mustard is everywhere. Put it in plastic bags because the seeds will continue to grow on the pulled plants. Jim Roberts will haul it away on Monday, May 5.
April 26, 2008 Clean-up Summary
An amazing amount of work was accomplished thanks to Adena Brook neighbors and Now Get Busy Columbus volunteers. Here are a few things to report:
State Representative, district 22, candidates John Patrick Carney and Michael Keenan along with their supporters pulled garlic mustard.
Todd Burger and Graham students pulled garlic mustard twice this week.
15 Native Iris were ordered from Prairie Nursery. Greg Schneider guided the planting of the iris and also donated and planted Lizard’s tail, halberd-leaved Rose mallow in the rain garden.
The Robinsons and Kenn Cahill led volunteers in a first time ever honeysuckle removal west of High Street. Judy met with Clintonville Woman’s Club members Myrna Dull, Barbara Kramer and Naomi Blodgett to organize this clean up in an area of park land adjacent to the CWC, sawing huge honeysuckle west of High Street on park land.
These 33 volunteers worked:
Kevin Bingle, Naomi Blodgett, John Patrick Carney, Steve and Georgia Blum-Herminghausen, Bill Blubeaux, Kenn Cahill, David DeMiglio, Myrna Dull, Becky Forman, Derek Hansford and Ann Florentine, Ellen Hoover, Nicole Grosklos, Mike and Jill Keenan, Ryan Keenan, Barbara Kramer, Joshua Lapp, Susan Meyer, Chris Mundorf, Parker Novak, Samantha Osborne, Judy and Bob Robinson, Madeline Smith, Greg Schneider, James Uttley, Susan Michael Barrett, 4 more volunteers.
Ann Almoney reports a barred owl couple sitting in the woodland on Overbrook off Indianola near the Matthews-Hoyer home. If you take a walk between 7 – 8 PM, chances are you’ll see at least one of the owls. Listen for the crows or bluejays “yelling” at their presence. Ann also reports a Merlin sighting and says she thinks a blue heron is nesting in the area. Several neighbors report regular sightings of the heron.
This invasive plant is blooming in the ravine and your yards right now. If you see it in your yard, please remove it.
Learn about Laurie Anderson’s research on garlic mustard.
Laurie Anderson, Ph.D. “Garlic mustard is known to reduce tree seedling growth by secreting toxins that kill beneficial fungi on the seedling roots,” Anderson says. “[It also] can suppress spring wildflowers through competition, and may reduce the diversity of native understory species. If it becomes an even more aggressive invader under future climate scenarios, it may become even more of a problem for native plants.”
ANNUAL TREE PLANTING – APRIL 5, 2008
425 native trees were planted in the rain garden and new culvert bridge areas: redbud, shagbark hickory, flowering dogwood, red maple, sassafras; witch hazel shrubs.
Honeysuckle was cleared from behind the rain garden.
32 volunteers worked.