Sunday, April 1, 2012
Fifteen people took a tour of Seahurst Park today, to see the trilliums and skunk cabbage. We saw about 400 trillium flowers on a two mile loop of the upper portion. We also saw a portion of the park about the size of Eagle Landing Park that was completely free of invasive species. That is my goal for ELP: free of invasive species and hundreds of trilliums. It would require a different ethos of the visitors to the park. The trilliums in Seahurst Park survive because relatively few people expend the time and energy to walk that two mile loop. Fortunately. Trilliums near the trail in ELP have mostly died out. It would be a sign the ELP was headed in the right direction if the trail could be lined with beautiful native flowers, and visitors wouldn't take them or trample them. Although I would love to walk a flower-lined trail, I don't plant wildflowers beside the trail because I know it would be a waste. I should say, I don't plant them any more. Previous efforts to beautify the park have been destroyed. Now, I plant tough native species that can handle abuse, and I don't plant anything near the trail.