|Trillium chloropetalum (giant wake robin)|
Pulling ivy near the Evergreen Lane Entrance on our 1st Tuesday workday in March we made an exciting discovery – Trilliums in Bloom! Trilliums (Trillium chlorpetalum), or Wake Robin are one of Garber’s most beautiful early blooming flowers. Preferring a shady woodland habitat Trillium provides a true elegance growing among the ferns. Garber provides the perfect natural habitat for Trilliums but we haven’t seen them for a couple of years. Seen in the past further down the slope towards Claremont Ave, we assumed they had been lost in the thicket of ivy in this western part of the park.
While Trillium was our most showy and spectacular find, as we removed the ivy we unearthed many ferns (wood ferns, western sword ferns, and licorice ferns), beautiful deep red mushrooms, and Sanicula crassiculus. Seeing the understory return to this part of Garber, the first area cleared of invasives three years ago is so satisfying and rewarding, and testament to the success of our restoration efforts.
Now is a great time to come to Garber and take a walk along the Loop Trail as new wildflowers come into bloom each week. Our next workday is Saturday, March 16 from 10AM-Noon. We hope you can join us as we continue to push back the invasive weeds.