Say NO to Invasive Plants

By Kerry Marcus

You have probably unknowingly introduced an invasive plant to your garden here on Gabriola. Or had several appear in your yard, uninvited and unrecognized –  until they were a problem.

Three local experts will share their experience and solutions at 7 pm, on Thursday, May 11th at the Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches.

This presentation is part of the Gabriola Museum’s annual Spring speaker series, “…. telling Gabriolan Stories,” and is co-sponsored by Gabriola Land and Trails Trust

The Museum and GaLTT have also partnered to publish a Gabriola specific brochure on invasives. These free brochures will be available at the presentation.

Admission is by donation.

Joanne Sales is the founder and director of Broombusters Invasive Plant Society, an organization that started in 2006 in Qualicum Beach. Broombuster volunteers now cut broom for over 3000 hours a year, from Powell River to Duncan.

Wendy Macpherson lives in Maple Bay, where she is an area representative for Broombusters. Wendy is committed to removing Tansy Ragwort from roadsides in Maple Bay, Stoney Hill Regional Park and North Cowichan’s Stoney Hill Forest Reserve.

Sunshine Goldsberry’s nemesis is hogweed. Sunshine successfully restored her farm property from a hogweed infestation and now works with the Friends of the French Creek Conservation Society to eradicate hogweed in the watershed below Mount Arrowsmith.