September 8, 2016.

Thanks to Master Naturalists and Schuyler residents Deborah Kushner, Christine Lechner, and Bobi Thornhill, we made good progress Friday morning removing patches of stilt grass from among ferns, maple leaf viburnums, wintergreens, and other lovely things along the south quarry trail.

But there’s plenty more stilt grass—as well as lespedeza, miscanthus, and autumn olive. Many of these crept onto the site following the disturbance of building trails last year. We hope to head them off before they seed and become permanent residents.

Rachel Bush, garden guru from the Center for Urban Habitats, will be working at the Quarry Gardens Friday the 16th and Monday and Tuesday the 19th and 20th, the latter two days with a team from CUH helping. On those days, Rachel will be here between 9:30 and 4:30, making weeding not only an act of conservation but also an opportunity to learn about native plants. If you would like to join us for a few hours, please let Bernice know by email or contact form. We’d love to have your join us.

On a different note, the well for the administration building is in process of being drilled today, and the concrete footers for the main entrance are ready for their pour, expected early next week.

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