Come help spruce up Roanoke Park. Meet at the community center for some coffee, then head into the park. Help pick up litter along the trails or playgrounds, weed around the parks planted areas, etc etc. Your choice!
Charlie DeLong, son of volunteer park naturalist Chris DeLong, is undertaking the planting of hazelnut shrubs and pollinator friendly plants along the "old roadbed" between Karnes and the Coleman Highland Spring as his Eagle Scout project. His main work day for the planting of these shrubs will be the afternoon of April 30 but we're getting started with a few of them on the 22nd. The wildflowers are slated to go in Saturday morning May 20. Neighbors and park fans are welcome to join in on either of those plantings.
A Missouri native plant, American Hazelnut, Corylus americana, was chosen for its suitablity to the site, wildlife value and beauty. Yes, the nuts are edible, although they are smaller than commercial hazelnuts and likely to be fewer in number. The plants for the sunnier east portion of the old roadbed slope include little bluestem, columbine, purple milkweed and sky blue aster. These were chosen to supply both larval food to early monarch butterflies heading north, and nectar to later monarch butterflies heading south.