Garlic Mustard Pull and Pesto Party

Event Details

May 13th, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Richard and Beryl Ivey Property, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

The invasive garlic mustard is threatening the native forest on NCC’s Richard and Beryl Ivey property. NCC staff 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!”

*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 hotspots around the island! To learn more, check out Pelee Island Bird Observatory and the Pelee Island Heritage Centre.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. 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 controlling garlic mustard, an invasive plant species, which has become well established throughout southern Ontario, including on NCC lands. 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 hiking on uneven terrain, bending and crouching. At the end of the event, we will turn the fruits of your labours into tasty pesto.

Why you will love it

You will love this because you will be spending time in a large beautiful mature upland deciduous forest. The property supports unique rocky forest and many rare species that are negatively impacted by invasive species like garlic mustard. Your stewardship efforts will help to keep the forest healthy and thriving with native species. 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!


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Please Note

This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions. 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.
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:

  • Close-toed 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
  • Small container to bring home some pesto!