The beautiful Greenablily Magazine has a decidedly Roanoke Park focus in the January/February issue. The cover image features a LEED model home design by park neighbors and fans Hufft Projects, part of a project by the Make it Right Foundation to revitalize the midtown Manheim neighborhood with energy efficient reinvestment.
And Roanoke Park's ongoing rebirth is featured in a beautifully designed six-page article featuring the process, plans and people working together to make a better Roanoke Park!
Greenability (www.greenabilitymagazine.com) is a subscription magazine and can be found at 220 locations around town. But thanks to John and Kerry, this issue will be available for purchase at our neighborhood Browne's Irish Marketplace!
The January/February issue is in mailboxes, on shelves and online now! Discover LEED model homes slated for the Manheim neighborhood, the community-wide effort to reclaim the historic Roanoke Park & dramatic energy-efficiency improvements at two Kansas City homes.
Parks Department personnel inspect the spring area in 2012.Have you seen the Coleman Highlands Spring? Before park cleanup efforts were begun in 2010 you would have had to crouch and duck under tangles of shrub honeysuckle and wild grape vines to discover the source of water coming down the hill north of Karnes, south of the Coleman Highlands neighborhood. Park cleanup efforts and the construction of the Bindle Byway Trail have made it much more accessible. Today arguably the park's most peaceful park bench sits just off the trail, within view of the spring source.
But the potential for an even higher quality park amenity was still unrealized. Despite lots of shrub honeysuckle plants having been removed, a great many remained. And by and large the ground was covered with a carpet of non-native invasive wintercreeper.
Discussions between the Parks department, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Roanoke Park volunteers began in 2012 to imagine realizing the potential of the area by replacing the non-native plants with natives and making the spring and the pool at the bottom of the hill more accessible.
Our champion persimmon tree. Biggest in the metro area.Another unique element in the area was discovered as part of the 2012 Tree Inventory. What has been verified by Powell Gardens as the largest native Persimmon tree in the metro area sits right next to the little watercourse of spring water.
Discussions continued but the plans remained rather ill defined until...
If you have time and are interested in helping make space for native plants in Roanoke Park, now's the time to pull one of the worst offender weeds: Garlic Mustard. Every flowering plant you pull now will prevent hundreds in the future. This one can really take over and the time to pull it is now, before it drops its seeds.
Just be sure to positively identify what you're pulling. We need all the good green we can find. Tamp the soil back down after pulling anything. Watch out for poison ivy of course. Wearing gloves is wise.
Garlic Mustard, Allaria petiolata. Photo taken in Roanoke Park April 12, 2011
Garlic Mustard, Allaria petiolata, is an edible plant imported from Europe that is highly invasive and just becoming common in our area. It kills competing plants and can completely take over. It inhibits beneficial fungi in the soil and weakens adjacent native plants and trees. Native butterflies are fooled into laying eggs on it but the larvae do not survive. Pull the whole plant, being sure to get the main part of the root. A trowel or dandelion puller is helpful to loosen the soil slightly before pulling. Garlic mustard can self pollinate and produce seed even after being pulled from the ground. Put in black plastic trash bags, trash immediately or leave to cook in the sun for a week or longer, then discard with trash. DO NOT COMPOST. It's more commonly seen on the middle and lower half of slopes in Roanoke Park. For more detail on Garlic Mustard, see these two pdf info sheets from Wisconsin, a state where garlic mustard is further along than it is here: garlicmustard-wisc.pdf and garlicmustard-wildones.pdf.
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