California Horticultural Invasives Prevention: Cal-HIP
Friends of the Partnership Newsletter - Summer 2006
June 26, 2006
Notes from the Project Manager
Hello, and welcome to the Summer 2006 edition of the Friends of the Partnership newsletter! Sustainable Conservation is pleased to share an update on our collaborative effort to address the unwanted spread of horticultural plants into open spaces and wildlands. Members of our steering committee represent the horticultural and environmental communities, and they continue to address invasive plants that are available for gardening and landscaping. Together, they are identifying non-invasive alternative plants and creating strategies for communicating their findings.
This newsletter shares the progress of the California Horticultural Invasives Prevention (Cal-HIP). We want to keep you informed, engaged, and aware of invasive plant issues in California.
Your comments and questions are always welcome, and we invite you to share your own projects and news with us. See below for a direct way to offer your feedback on three new species under consideration! Please feel free to be in touch - for contact information, see the bottom of this page.
Enjoy the summer, and keep in touch!
Cal-HIP meets at the Huntington Botanical Gardens
Jim Folsom led the Cal-HIP Steering Committee on a tour of the Huntington Botanical Gardens, sharing detailed information with the group about the plants and gardens in addition to behind-the-scenes information on the facilities and design. Highlights included the desert garden, the new outdoor children’s garden, and a twilight tour through the rose and herb gardens. The group recognized the Gardens as a major source of botanical information for the public that reaches new audiences. The Huntington Gardens provide a fun, engaging, positive way to capture interest and educate the public about responsible gardening, and they will play an important role in outreach and communication about invasives and their alternatives.
The following day was dedicated to Cal-HIP meetings to continue work on our message about the invasive plants we’ve identified and our strategy to educate the industry and the gardening public about our findings. More detail about our progress can be found below!
Cal-HIP member Jim Folsom, director of the Huntington Botanical Gardens, leads the group on a tour inside the succulent greenhouse.
We need your feedback on three additional invasive species!
Cal-HIP is addressing three high-profile wildland weed species for which some scientific questions remain: fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum), pampas and jubata grass (Cortaderia jubata and selloana), and the ivies [Algerian ivy (Hedera canariensis), English ivy (H. helix), and Irish ivy (H. hibernica)]. Although some questions remain, Cal-HIP recognizes the importance of these plants in wildland invasions. They group is now developing a series of recommendations for these plants based on the best available information.
Cal-HIP consulted with the academic community to review the latest science and began developing appropriate information for the horticultural industry and the gardening public. The following summarizes Cal-HIP’s proposal for the message about these three species.
Please send feedback on the following message to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 4 th to be shared with the Cal-HIP steering committee!
Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum)
Ivies: Algerian ivy (Hedera canariensis), English ivy (H. helix), and Irish ivy (H. hibernica)
Jubata and pampas grass (Cortaderia jubata and selloana)
Great progress was made on developing Cal-HIP’s outreach campaign to educate the industry and gardening public about invasive plants and their alternatives. The group approved a communications plan and created a complete list of materials and strategies to share the Cal-HIP message. They also discussed the tone and appearance of outreach efforts. These tools will come together to create a powerful educational campaign later this year.
Related News: Major Trade Organization Takes Action!
During their March board meeting, the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) unanimously approved voluntary codes of conduct that nursery professionals can follow to prevent aggressive garden plants from invading wildlands and open spaces. This landmark decision was a result of the leadership of Cal-HIP member Bob Falconer and a product of the group’s work to generate industry-wide interest in proactively addressing the issue of invasive garden and landscaping plants.
“By adopting the St. Louis Voluntary Codes of Conduct, the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers engages 1,200 member companies in the effort to stop the spread of invasive plants,” said Bob Falconer, the Executive Vice-President of CANGC. “Nurseries can play an important role by choosing not to grow invasive species and choosing instead to promote alternative plants that don’t cause problems in local ecosystems.”
CANGC is a highly visible organization that has set a trend for other industry groups around the country to follow. Their commitment to fight the spread of invasive plants shows that the horticulture industry can be an environmentally responsible “green” industry. CANGC joins the rest of the Cal-HIP members in developing a workable plan to replace invasives currently in the nursery trade with non-invasive alternatives.
Recommend a friend!
If you know of anyone that would like to learn more about Cal-HIP, please let us know! Help our network of Friends expand by referring colleagues or organizations that are concerned about horticultural prevention of invasive plants. They will receive an email with a link to the newsletter.
The Cal-HIP Steering Committee:
For more information, contact: