The City of Columbus has cut back much of Whetstone Prairie in a plan to rid the area of the excessive number of volunteer. In October, large areas were cleared with a machine that turned the plant material into a mulch like covering. It will be exciting to see the prairie area in the spring when things begin growing.
In the fall of 2017, Columbus Wild Ones was officially given permission to remove the existing invasive monoculture of Wintercreeper Euonymous and replace with native plants in a garden bed next to the main front entrance to the OSU Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center building located just west of the Schottenstein Center arena. In March 2018, OSU Landscape Architect, Stephen Volkmann, approved implementing a plan designed by Brandon Parks using Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Butterfly weed and Prairie Dropseed. On Monday 6/25, Joe Bricker, Cecilia Johnson, Richer Malboeuf, Don Reuter and Cecelia Jokerst began removal of the Wintercreeper Euonymous. We cleared 2/3 of the bed. The next planned work sessions are 7/9, 7/10, 7/16, 7/17 all at 7-9pm (anyone is welcome to help). The replacement plants will be donated by Gale Martin of Nature in Harmony native plant nursery. The date of implementation is TBD.
Of note to mention is that our plant sale in May was a big success! We made over $1500 which will support our chapter greatly. Thanks to everyone who brought plants, helped in any way and spread the word. Thanks also to Gale Martin who donated $1 from every plant she sold to Columbus Wild Ones! Plus….it is always a fun event to talk native plants to people and help them learn what they could use in their own gardens. It was our second most successful to date.