Two dedicated city workers, Kenny Williams and Larry Rhodes, have been tireless in their quest to get rid of the ivy and to work on other aspects of the trail.
Joan said the first wildflower to bloom along the trail is the Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara). It's a yellow dandelion-like flower that appears on scaly stalks before there are any leaves. Rounded-heart-shaped leaves will develop later and continue to grow all season long until they are 6 inches wide.
There are two flowering trees to look for along the trail, according to Joan. In the meadow below the upper overlook is a tree barely bigger than a shrub covered with yellow flowers, whose petals look like short fringe. This is a witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis Sarg) that does not seem to mind the cold weather. It has long been used for medicinal purposes. In the same area is a red maple (Acer rubrum) whose red flowers come out in March in short umbrella-like clusters along the twigs.
We can thank Joan for her suggestion to add bird feeders to several spots along the path. She said the seed is underwritten by the Ayers Fund, which was established by a former neighbor who loved to plant and work along the trail years ago.
You can join Joan for a guided tour of this inner-city gem at 9 a.m. March 21, rain or shine. She'll be starting at the top, located at 746 Myrtle Road. She suggested parking on Crawford Road adjacent to the top of the trail. Depending on interest, Joan would like to continue these walks monthly, as the trail continues blooming through the seasons. If you have questions, you can contact Joan Steven at jsteven...@aol.com.
Garden club panel
The Kanawha Garden Club is sponsoring a panel discussion on green residential building at 5:45 p.m. March 18 at the Kanawha Hospice Care Administration Building, Kanawha Boulevard at Patrick Street. Panelists include Ed Weber, Adam Krason and Rob Godbey.
The panel will discuss opportunities for area residents to use green construction. Open to the public and admission is free.
Contact Sara Busse at 304-348-1249 or e-mail sara.bu...@wvgazette.com.