Beware the Beasts in Your Backyard

– Adult Ed. Course a Great Success

In May 2014, GPIP partnered with the Adult & Continuing Education department to offer a course: Beware the Beast in Your Backyard to help our community recognize and control invasive plants such as Oriental Bittersweet, Japanese Knotweed, Garlic Mustard, Burning Bush, Multiflora Rose and more. Information on native plants was also included. It was a 2-night course: a classroom meeting plus an outdoor class at Riverfront Park for a Plant Walk to identify these aggressive plants. 15 people attended.

The course was taught by Michael Corcoran who is affiliated with the University of Connecticut’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Coverts Project and the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Class participants learn how bittersweet infests an area killing many trees on the course’s Plant Identification Walk