Passalong Plants and Garden Thugs
A number of years ago, when my herb garden was new,
someone at the Herb Society's May plant exchange talked me into taking
home some lamb's ears and a few sprigs of various mints. Such naiveté
finally gotten rid of the lamb's ears but the mints are in my yard
forever. There are reasons why "passalong plants" are just
that-in the right situation, they become garden thugs at the expense
of their growing neighbors.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is attacking this problem
in several ways. On November 23, from 1 to 4 pm, the Garden will present
"Invasive Ornamentals", a program of prac-tical, proven
suggestions for dealing with the most common pest plants and advice
on the selection of alternative species and cultivars. Cost: $62.
To register, call (847)835-6874
A list of more than 100 plant species that can be invasive
in the Chicago area (and probably in our area) is available at: www.chicagobotanic.org/research/conservation/
invasive_chicago.html. At least 25 of the listed plants (such
as Oriental bittersweet, dame's rocket, and porcelain berry) will
be removed from the Botanic Garden, while others are being considered
A very informative article entitled "Garden Thugs"
appeared in the Garden section of the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, September
22. You can probably find it in the newspaper archives at your library.
-Sharon Lappin Lumsden