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Stop and See the Wildflowers at Woodside Wildflower Preserve

By Patricia Stierna

 

Woodside Park in Sturgeon Bay got a new name last year. The tiny woods across from Sawyer Elementary School, along the Sawyer School nature trail, was renamed The Woodside Wildflower Preserve.

For seven years volunteers have been preserving this little piece of Sturgeon Bay history. First the second graders at Sawyer School helped, along with the Door County chapter of Wild Ones, some Master Gardeners, some of the city park crew and children from the Boys and Girls Club. Without weeding the garlic mustard and cutting out buckthorn each year, this little woodlot would look like every other woods in Sturgeon Bay, an undergrowth of garlic mustard and buckthorn destroying any native wildflowers and keeping the native trees from reproducing.

If you want to see the spring flowers, you need to hurry. Spring ephemerals don’t last long. Just turn into the parking lot across from Sawyer School on Willow Drive, a short road that connects Lansing and Neenah Avenues parallel to the 42/57 bypass on the west side. The Sawyer School nature trail is right there – a gravel trail through a remnant of what once was the woods on the west side of Sturgeon Bay. Stop and take a nature break.

In May the garlic mustard will be up and flowering. Volunteers will be needed to pull it out and preserve the native flowers for another season. To volunteer, email Patricia Stierna at [email protected].

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