by Jasena Sareil on behalf of the GPTF
Over 30 volunteers (ranging from 3 year-olds to seniors) gathered to remove invasive plants and to create a pollinator garden along the wall of the Irvington Estates on the Aqueduct.
We worked from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Peter Strom provided an excellent educational experience by helping the volunteers identify non-native invasive species in the designated area. Participants learned the plants' names and why they need to be removed. Later, Pete spoke about each native plant that found a new home in the garden and explained how it will positively contribute to the local ecosystem. Leola Specht, Haven Colgate & Jasena Sareil provided additional guidance and answered questions. Leola Specht, Haven Colgate & Jasena Sareil provided additional guidance and answered questions.
Volunteers worked hard, patiently removed invasives, prepared soil for planting, added plants, placed mulch, and watered the garden. We filled 15 brown bags of organic waste and also collected trash, which was dropped off at the MSS. It was a wonderful community event. Here are some photos