Becky Bray, Scott County Extension Education Director
The Partners in Horticulture group met last fall to look at additional ways to collaborate with other groups in the county to see if we were utilizing all of our resources to the best advantage. We invited Parks and Recreation, City governments and local horticulture groups to a discussion and found that one area that none of us were addressing was the spreading of invasive plants.
A series of educational seminars and workshops were planned that would be provided for employees, horticulture groups and also for any interested citizens. The employees received more intensive training and were then able to help the citizens learn to identify and eradicate various invasive plants.
Over 100 participants came to the first session in March that was open to the public. They reported that they gained new insights and appreciated knowing what plants were invasive. The April session gave the 28 employee participants a chance to get out and actually see the plants outside at some parks. In July, they took a bus tour to view more plants and see what they looked like in a different season. A fall session will provide an additional look with an opportunity to see them in yet another season. City staff are pleased to have such intensive training for their staff on an emerging issue.
The impact of all of the partners working together is two-fold. The community is being served in a way that was not happening without the collaboration and the relationships that have developed will allow us to work on other issues together. We have increased our community capacity to respond to horticulture issues.
130 – Horticulture: Commercial and Consumer
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