On the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, volunteers arrived bright and early at the community garden in Chinquapin Run Park to remove invasive plants and vines. The volunteers hailed primarily from Morgan State University and neighborhoods surrounding the park; we were also aided by Ryan Dorsey, who is running for City Council in the 3rd District. Experts from Baltimore Green Space and Weed Warriors were on hand to identify plants, provide tools, and demonstrate removal methods.
Our primary targets were the easily uprooted garlic mustard plant, and the not so easily removed English ivy vine. The garlic mustard could be removed by hand, but we attacked the vines with all the tools at our disposal–pruning shears, loppers, and, for the really big vines, saws. The first tree we focused on was the centrally located, very striking sycamore tree that dominates the area behind the community garden. As you can see from the photo below, the sycamore carried quite a load of vines, but with some hard work we freed it from the worst of the mess. We were also able to address several other trees that were covered in ivy.
By the end of the morning, the volunteers had removed hundreds of pounds of invasive plants.
However, our work in Chinquapin Run Park is far from done. We will continue our efforts in the coming months to make the park a clean, friendly, welcoming place for Morgan students, faculty, and staff and members of the communities around the park.