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Recapping the first Annual Columbus Bonsai Society Invasive Yamadori Dig with the Columbus Metro Parks

Supply Materials: April 2022

            As spring continues to
hum proper into summer season right here in Ohio, let’s proceed our collection on the
invasive honeysuckle species frequent within the jap US. As already outlined
within the earlier article within the collection, a number of distinct species of invasive
honeysuckle (genus Lonicera) are related of their traits,
equally appropriate for bonsai, and have even yielded some show-quality
bonsai specimens by distinguished artists. These species are the Japanese
honeysuckle/Lonicera japonica, Amur honeysuckle/Lonicera maackii, Morrow’s honeysuckle/Lonicera morrowii, and Tatarian
honeysuckle/Lonicera tatarica (see right here for more information on these
species and their bonsai suitability). Moreover, the truth that these
species are invasive makes them a doubly engaging candidate for practising
assortment of untamed bonsai as a consequence of their abundance and the numerous
landowners who’re desperate to be rid of them! The subject of amassing these
wild prebonsai specimens brings us to immediately’s matter – recapping the creation
of a collaborative occasion with the Columbus Metro Parks to take away these
undesirable invasive honeysuckles from metropolis parkland and save them for members
of the Columbus Bonsai Society (CBS). This occasion targeted on invasive species
removing might be a mannequin for bonsai practitioners in areas the place public land
doesn’t usually allow tree assortment and for individuals who dwell in city
areas with out entry to non-public land for wild bonsai assortment. 


            Whereas the Western US is thought within the bonsai neighborhood for
its large expanses of public land which frequently problem transplant permits from
native ranger stations, many states within the US do not need that luxurious.
Throughout my time in Seattle, I collected extensively within the Nationwide Forests
in Washington and subsequently was accustomed to that system once I moved to
Ohio. Nevertheless, I’ve since discovered that Ohio’s Wayne Nationwide Forest and
State Forest Land wouldn’t problem transplant or particular use permits to
acquire timber, even when pitched as an academic occasion for the general public
via the Columbus Bonsai Society. It was solely once I began wanting
into the removing of invasive timber that I bought any traction from public
landowning companies right here. Invasive species of crops have a tendency to determine
themselves most firmly in human-disturbed environments and are subsequently
particularly concentrated in city areas. Native
 authorities companies typically dedicate their employees or work with volunteer
teams to attempt to protect or restore pure ecosystems together with species
range, and subsequently usually make efforts to cull invasive species
from sure public lands corresponding to parkland. To be able to clear an space of
offending species, injury to the native ecosystem is minimized through handbook
removing. This implies having people skilled in recognizing the invasive
species take away them by hand – both by reducing them again to the bottom (a
momentary answer as many will sprout from the roots and develop once more) or by
utterly eradicating your complete plant together with the roots 
Supply). Within the latter case, therein lies the chance for bonsai

            Armed with this data, I looked for
teams doing invasive plant removing round Columbus which is how I turned in
contact with the Columbus Metro Parks. A couple of emails later, and voila! We had
a date, location, and goal species set which might be simple to coach CBS
members to determine on the day of the occasion.

            On the day of the occasion on a Saturday morning, I woke as much as
nippy borderline-frost-inducing temperatures hovering simply above 32F.
Accompanying this was additionally the specter of rain however fortunately as soon as I bought to
the park we solely noticed a handful of raindrops and snowflakes for the remainder of
our dig time. The climate actually scared off a very good variety of our CBS
members who needed to attend however at the very least the climate was simply hospitable
sufficient for individuals who had been capable of come to get their timber and get house to
heat up! 
Sadly, Ohio’s spring climate is at all times a big gamble as our final day for
historic frost danger is in mid-Might. Hopefully, we can have higher luck subsequent
yr with extra accommodating climate, however all in all, we had a very good first
yr! The pictures under present the timber which our members had been capable of dig,
courtesy of the Columbus Metro Parks’ permission and supervision.

Controlling Non-Native Invasive Vegetation in Ohio Forests: Bush
. (n.d.). Retrieved June 3, 2022, from

Kenny, P., Rae, E., Roemer, N., Straubing, A., & Svoboda, C. (2013).
Invasive Bush Honeysuckle Elimination Coalition Proposal [Working
Paper]. with/1811/58452



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