The 10-acre woods in Broad Ripple Park is a quiet rejuvenating place for a walk (dog optional) or a jog along the trails. Each spring, the woods comes alive with blooming spring ephemeral plants and the Friends of Broad Ripple Park conduct annual garlic mustard pulls that have made a difference. The Forestry Division of the Indianapolis Department of Public Works also works to manage invasive honeysuckle and winter creeper, and the result is a high-quality woodlot. Truly a treat to enjoy.
Spring ephemerals 2021
Spring ephemerals 2019
Garlic mustard pull, April 2019
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.