A seemingly innocuous plant can, over time, kill a maple forest. Brought to this part of the world as a cooking condiment by European settlers, garlic mustard has no natural enemies and therefore proliferates. Because it also kills maple seedlings, volunteers across the country pull it out by the roots for disposal. For the fifth year in a row, the Friends of Broad Ripple Park pulled garlic mustard threatening the 10-Acre Woods, filling 13 bags in two hours.
Many thanks to Christine Carlson, Mary Pat Crowley, Mary Durkin, Tom Durkin, Tom McCain, Rachel Russell and Barbara Wilder for donating a chunk of their Sunday to make Broad Ripple Park a better place for us all.