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Weed Warriors

December holidays are a teachable time 
Will you see cut holly at stores for sale? Yes! (Politely suggest that this is akin to selling the odious English Ivy.) Do nurseries still sell invasive hollies? Very few! Help Weed Warriors educate the public as to why holly is bad, what to do about it, what to plant instead, and why you shouldn't buy it. But because it is a sterile hybrid, variegated holly is fine.

Join Weed Warriors Friday Dec. 6 at 1 pm at the deadend by 12195 Charles Pl. NE between Madison and Hwy 305 to again cut down a lovely and nasty holly. Then we bundle it up to distribute the next day at the Fabulous Holiday Sale at the BI Senior center (between T&C and Waterfront Park.)  Volunteers are welcome to have first pick.

According to writer Margaret Miller: 
"The Druids regarded holly as a symbol of fertility and eternal life, they also believed it had magical powers, while the Christians associate it to the crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ-the sharp thorns that pierced his skin, the red berries symbolizing his blood. However, for many of us, holly's bright and vibrant green leaves and red berries make it a colorful holiday accent to any arrangement.
Unfortunately, it's also an incredibly invasive plant that can grow up to fifty feet tall and fifteen feet wide, its berries are toxic to humans and it can deprive the surrounding plants of much needed space and water; birds and other wildlife love to spread it far and wide." Follow Margaret at the Island Wanderer
   
       We hope you will join Weed Warriors either at the take-down on Friday or the Senior Center on Saturday. Just follow Jeannette's three important rules: don't get hurt, don't get hurt, don't get hurt. For more information contact Jeannette,   (206)755-8461.