The Invader Crusaiders
The Invader Crusaders Team volunteers in a stewardship role at the Springfield Botanical Garden under the direction of the park's staff gardener, Phylicia Poelma. A chapter member with a passion for invasive plant control and use of native plants in home gardening organizes the interns that have chosen this activity as a capstone project. Other chapter members also volunteer. The team is following an invasive species eradication plan to remove primarily bush and Japanese honeysuckle, winter creeper and multiflora rose from seven areas in the park. The group also volunteers to help with replacing the invasive plants with native plants as indicated and helps with weeding the native shrub and flower garden, This provides an opportunity to learn more about invasive plant management as well as characteristics of native plant species. The dramatic visual difference in those areas is very rewarding. We think the birds, butterflies, and other insects will be rewarded too.