Weed Wrangle®-Nashville 2018 March 3, 2018

WHY: Invasive/exotic plants and the pests associated with them degrade woodlands, threaten wildlife habitat, increase the risk of wildfire and alter the appearance of public spaces, including those set aside for the enjoyment and recreation of all Nashville residents. Without decisive intervention, these plants, insects and other non-native intruders will continue to adversely impact our city’s ecosystem resources and services.

HOW: Funding for Weed Wrangle Nashville is provided by The Garden Club of America and by The Garden Club of Nashville, whose mission is to promote interest in gardens, their design, culture and management and to cooperate in the protection of wild flowers, native plants, trees and birds.

 EVENTS: Friends of Warner Parks, Bells Bend, Cheekwood, Shelby Bottoms,  Radnor Lake State Natural Area, Nashville Zoo, Owls Hill Nature Sanctuary, Ft. NegleyCity Cemetery/Metro Historical Commission, Bowie Nature Park/City of Fairview,Harpeth Conservancy, Nashville A RochaTennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, Land Trust for Tennessee,Two Rivers ParkCity of Belle Meade, Friends of Harpeth River State Park, Cumberland River GreenwayGROW Enrichment/Two Rivers Park.

OTHER PARTNERS: Invasive Plant Control, Inc., Greenways for Nashville, Lipscomb University Institute for Sustainable Practice, City of Forest HillsBelmont University, Cumberland River Compact, Metro Nashville, Room in the Inn, Bates Nusery, TN-IPC, REI, Nashville Chew Crew, , Lets Move!Outside and Hands on Nashville.


To Volunteer: Hands on Nashville or Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas.

Please visit www.weedwrangle.org or contact steve@ipc-inc.org with questions.


Weeds in the Woods Hike 2018

On Saturday, March 17th (1pm-3pm) Radnor Lake and our partners at Vanderbilt-Dyer Observatory will host a special hike by Dr. Robert Loeb from Penn State University. This hike will be 1 of 3 hikes offered at Radnor Lake as part of Tennessee State Parks Spring Hike Initiative across the State of Tennessee and will highlight the long-term vegetative research conducted at Radnor Lake between Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Division of Natural Areas, Friends of Radnor Lake and Penn State University.

In addition, the Weeds in the Woods Hike will cap off our Invasive Plant Week work with our partners at the Nashville Weed Wrangle aimed at educating park visitors on the invasive-exotic plants impact upon native ecosystems such as Radnor Lake State Natural Area.

Participants will get to view one of our newest plant discoveries at Radnor Lake State Natural Area and the focus of our current research regarding the impact of invasive-exotic plants.

Special thanks to Friends of Radnor Lake for providing annual funding for our vegetative research and supporting this partnership at Radnor Lake!

When: March 17th (1pm-3pm)

Where: Participants should meet at Vanderbilt-Dyer Observatory (1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood TN 37027) at 1pm. Hike will be led from this location thanks to our partners at Vanderbilt-Dyer Observatory.

Registration: Registration is required and will begin on Friday, March 9th at 10am by contacting the Walter Criley Visitor Center (615-373-3467).

Hike details: This an interpretive off-trail, considered moderate-strenuous with numerous stops. Hiker participants are encouraged to wear good hiking shoes, bring hiking poles due to terrain and bottled water.

NEW in 2017:

Tennessee State Parks and the Division of Natural Areas are excited to announce their partnership with Weed Wrangle® 2017 and look forward to encouraging many parks and natural areas to partake in the fight against invasive species.”  Be a Weed Wrangle® volunteer at a Tennessee State Park.

Hands On Nashville works to address critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community through volunteer-centric programming. Annually, HON connects thousands of volunteers to service opportunities supporting area nonprofits as well as its programs in urban agriculture, home energy savings, youth leadership development, and support of public education.  Be a Hands On- Weed Wrangle®-Nashville volunteer.

Let’s Move! Outside volunteer hours associated with this project support the “Let’s Move! Outside” initiative, a nationwide effort to provide opportunities for young people to work, learn, play, and serve outdoors and on public lands. This effort is made possible through partnership between the YMCA of the USA, the Department of the Interior, American Express, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry, and Hands On Nashville. For more information about Let’s Move, please click here.

2016-Weed Wrangle™-Tennessee

Due to the success of the first Weed Wrangle®-Nashville, all of the other Garden Club of America, Tennessee clubs pleanned Weed Wrangle's of their own in 2016.  The Memphis Garden Club and The Little Garden Club of Memphis planed  Weed Wrangle-Memphis  at the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Overton Park Conservncy, and Wolfe River Conservancy on January 30, 2016. The Knoxville Garden Club hosted Weed Wrangle-Knoxville on March 5, 2016 at Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville Botanical Garden, Lakeshore Park-Knoxville and Wood Property Park (managed by Legacy Parks Foundation).  The Garden Club of Lookout Mountain hosted a Weed Wrangle-Lookout Mountain on April 9, 2016 at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Park.

Four cities, 25 parks, and 1 National Park on Lookout Mountain with over 1100 participants state wide.  We are proud TN Volunteers!

Weed Wrangle®-Knoxville 2016

Weed Wrangle: A Template for Engaging Local Communities through Citywide Invasive Plant Events

This presentation was presented as a part of the National Association of Invasive Plant Council's National Meeting in 2016 by Steve Manning of Invasive Plant Control, Inc.  Steve is the professional assocaited with the Weed Wrangle across the state of Tennessee. Attending the meeting are the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Environmental Law Institute, National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species, Nature Conservancy, Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition, University of Georgia, Weed Science Society of America, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Federal Interagency Committee on Noxious and Exotic Weeds, National Invasive Species Council and others.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States

Non-native invasive species are organisms that have been introduced by humans either purposely or by accident and that have become serious environmental pests. One reason for their success as pests is that they are typically introduced without the array of associated natural controls (herbivores, parasites, pathogens, predators) that occur in their native range. In addition to the great loss of biodiversity, habitat degradation and other ecological consequences, invasive species cause huge economic damages valued in billions of dollars annually and some pose a human health threat.

The Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States is a collaborative project between the National Park Service, the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The purpose of the Atlas is to assist users with identification, early detection, prevention, and management of invasive plants. The focus is on non-native invasive plant species impacting natural areas, excluding agricultural and other heavily developed and managed lands. Four main components are species information, images, distribution maps, and early detection reporting procedures. The Invasive Plant Atlas is one step in the effort to combat invasive species, preserve our natural landscapes and the native plants, animals, and other creatures that inhabit them.

2018 Partners


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About Weed Wrangle®

Inspired by National and International efforts now underway, Weed Wrangle®-Nashville, represents a fresh new push to stem the tide of biological pollution in local communities. The goal is two-fold: Restoration and Preservation. The Garden Club of Nashville, a member of The Garden Club of America, seeks to raise awareness of the “green scourge” before more of our native plants lose the fight for the light and nutrients they require to survive. GCN has worked hard to establish a corps of organized resistance to this blight on our environment. The first annual Weed Wrangle®-Nashville was held during the 2015 National Invasive Species Awareness Week. This event is intended to act as a template for other cities in the United States to engage local communities to pull together to learn about and manage invasive plants .Weed Wrangle Nashville, is a city-wide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. These include bush honeysuckle, Chinese privet, autumn olive, English ivy and winter creeper. 



Tools of the Trade


All life depends on the plant kingdom. The Garden Club of America, committed to preserving our worldwide system of richly varied habitats, places importance on protection of native plant biodiversity, the ecosystems that support them, and our own quality of life.


The Garden Club of America has been dedicated to preserving and enhancing the scenic
character of our communities and countryside since 1914 when the Committee on Beautifying
Settlements and Highways was formed. “The restoration, improvement and protection of the
environment through programs and action,” is included in the mission statement of GCA.

Warner Parks Weed Wrangle® February 28, 2015

Warner Parks Weed Wrangle February 28, 2015
A time lapse video produced by Cameron Bobo, Scout Troop1 BUMC 

Weed Wrangle®-Nashville Warner Parks 2/28/15 from The Garden Club of Nashville on Vimeo.

Meet the Enemy

Green is not always good. Tennessee landscapes are encountering growing threats from some non-native plants. Invasive plants introduced in this region decades ago for agricultural or landscaping purposes are now a serious concern for our parks, our public green spaces, our own backyards. More and more, experts warn, this city’s beautiful native trees, plants and wildlife are losing the fight against these aggressive plants, vines, trees and insects that consume nutrients, disrupt the ecological balance and disfigure the outdoor world where Nashvillians hike, bike, picnic, ride horses and mountain bikes, or just relax. Some invasive plants are quite beautiful with colorful flowers and pleasing scents. But make no mistake: They are quietly lethal. If left unchecked, future generations might never glimpse the forest floor, as alien undergrowth shrouds and chokes trees large and small.

Inspired by national and international efforts now underway, Weed Wrangle®-Nashville represents a fresh new push to stem the tide of biological pollution in our area. The goal is two-fold: restoration and preservation. Organizers seek to raise awareness of the “green scourge” before more of our native plants lose the fight for the light and nutrients they require to survive. The Garden Club of Nashville a member of The Garden Club of America and other planners are working hard to pull in other local groups to establish a corps of organized resistance to this blight on our environment. 



Bioimages courtesy of Vanderbilt

Bioimages from Vanderbilt are:
- a collection of high quality images of living organisms.
- a set of tools for learning about plants and ecoregions.
- a biodiversity database
- a demonstration of biodiversity informatics best-practices.

The Bioimages website was created by and is managed by Steve Baskauf, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.


If It's Green, It's Good? Invasive Species in our Backyards


Plants Out of Place -produced by U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Southern Region

As destructive as a plague or a pest, invasives alter ecological processes as it invades resulting in the displacement of native plants and sometimes disrupting entire food chains. Those introduced plants, non-natives (exotics), have no natural ecosystems to keep them in check. Exotics are plants out of place, some scientisit call it Biological Pollution.

Native plants within their natural range all have a place. They are elements with in a naturally evolving ecosystem but when they are removed from their native region and are planted elsewhere, they pose the risk of becoming biological time bombs. Plants out of Place are plants that displace our natural heritage.  

To control future impacts, control future introductions.


Host a Weed Wrangle

If you want to host a Weed Wrangle in your city click here for more information and watch the Webinar below:


A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Develop a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Website 


Planting back with Natives is IMPORTANT

Landscaping with native palnts promotes biodiversity and endorses a land ethic that celebrates our natural heritage. Click here for suggestions for TN Native Plant Recomendations. from the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.


How to Identify and Remove Bush Honeysuckle

Chinese Privet: An Invasive Weed

About Partners for Plants

Partners for Plants is a joint habitat restoration program of the Garden Club of America (GCA) Conservation and Horticulture Committees. Its purpose is to facilitate projects between local GCA clubs and land managers on federal, state, local and other significant public lands. Projects may include the monitoring and protection of rare, endangered and medicinal plants, the propagation and replanting of native plants and the removal of invasive plants.  

Coordinated by a GCA member, each Partners for Plants project is as unique as the group undertaking the task. Volunteers work with professional botanists and land managers who supervise the work and share their knowledge and expertise. Work can be inventorying, mapping, monitoring, propagating, and transplanting endangered plants. Requiring a time commitment ranging from days to weeks, each project serves as a catalyst for accomplishing important endangered plant work that in many cases could not have been accomplished otherwise. As with many GCA initiatives, volunteers leave feeling they have gained more than they have given.