Garlic Mustard Must Go!

Event Details

May 12th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Richard and Beryl Ivey Property, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Invasive garlic mustard is threatening the native forest on NCC’s Richard and Beryl Ivey property. We need your help to combat this quickly spreading, edible plant. Our motto when it comes to garlic mustard? “When life gives you mustard…make pesto!”

If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving or catching a ride) please click here. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Richard and Beryl Ivey Property

This property supports 126 acres of forest, successional habitat and alvar, including chinquapin oak and red cedar treed alvar, a community unique to Pelee Island. It provides habitat for a variety of native species, including several species at risk such as blue ash, common hoptree, prairie rose and, possibly, grey fox.

What you will be doing

At this event, you will be removing garlic mustard, an invasive plant species, which has established itself throughout southern Ontario. We will talk about how to identify garlic mustard and then we will hand pull the plants before they produce seeds this summer. Physical activity will involve walking in uneven terrain, bending and crouching.

Why you will love it

Not only will you be supporting conservation through the removal of garlic muster, but you will have a chance to sample tasty garlic mustard pesto! In addition, this event occurs at the height of spring migration – if we’re lucky, there will be many brightly coloured warblers moving through the trees as we work!


Contact Jill Crosthwaite, Coordinator, Conservation Biology, Southwestern Ontario Sub region:

Please Note

This event is in conjunction with the Spring Song weekend on Pelee Island. To attend, you’ll need to be on the island the night before – the morning ferry does not arrive in time for the event. Make a weekend of it and check out birding hot spots around the island! To learn more, check out Pelee Island Bird Observatory and the Pelee Island Heritage Centre.
The Richard and Beryl Ivey property is located on Pelee Island, which is accessible by ferry from Leamington. Visit the to learn more about getting here.

This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions.
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Work or gardening gloves, if you have them (NCC will also provide these)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Any necessary medication