Volunteers have been working to preserve our parks from garlic mustard. (Submitted photo)
Volunteers have been working to preserve our parks from garlic mustard. (Submitted photo)
Decorah has spectacular public parks. 

Come to Decorah Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, to learn about their diverse wildflowers, and about the threats to them from invasive species. 

Eric Baack, associate professor of biology at Luther College, and Friends of Decorah Parks member Ellen Macdonald will discuss three of the invasive species: garlic mustard, European buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Learn how to identify these invasive species in your own yard and learn how to control them. Discover what volunteers have been doing for the past decade to preserve our parks from garlic mustard, and how we can start working to control buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Many landowners have given up attempting to control garlic mustard but Friends of Decorah Parks has committed to keeping it at bay in 305 acres of wooded parkland so that future generations can enjoy the flowers and trees for years to come. 

Just as gardens must be weeded, Friends are mobilizing volunteers to weed the woods in the spring.

Call the library at 382-3717 for more information.