South Wake Conservationists and NCWF, partnering with Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary, hosted sixteen volunteers from Xylem/Sensus on April 13 for a native plants workday at the park. This was part of a broader regional sustainability event sponsored by EarthShare NC, which NCWF participates in each year. A large hillside facing the road at the park entrance was transformed into a native plants haven, with approximately 500 plants planted that day, courtesy of the NCWF Clean and Green Program. These included Bluestem Grass, Muhly Grass, Beautyberry Grass, Coreopsis, Purple Coneflower, and Stokes Aster, mixed in with some Obedient Plant and Swamp Sunflowers for good measure.
The team was very industrious, getting everything planted and even worked to remove multiple buckets full of invasive plants (mainly honeysuckle) nearby! Angela Hawkins, Lead Park Attendant at Hemlock Bluffs, prepared and organized everything beautifully, so that the workday went very smoothly. It was a fun group to work with, and they have created a great showcase of native plants very visible to many commuters, as they pass by the park each day.