Unlike the predicted weather for April 16, the day was cloudy with periods of misty rain. Volunteers Jana Gun, Terrie Martindale, Ginger Milan, and Pam and Jack Stewart worked to neaten up both the native wildflower and shrub garden at Tyler Bend Visitor Center. Joyce Umbach, Ranger/Naturalist, operated her leaf shredder to make a natural mulch to hold moisture and slow weed growth between plants. Fringe Tree, Red buckeye, Spiderwort, and Golden Ragwort were in full bloom.
It appears that twice a year maintenance is working. The gardens make an attractive and educational entrance to the Visitor Center, while benefiting birds, butterflies, and bees. Several of the helpers went home with native plants to try in their home gardens or natural areas.