Mead Botanical Garden will be the host site for the 3rd Annual Mega Air Potato Raid! If you like scavenger or Easter Egg hunts, you’ll love participating in the air potato round up!
When: Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9am until noon
Registration begins at 8:45am at the Pole Barn in Mead Garden
This is a free volunteer event for all ages. Please bring gloves and wear closed-toed shoes and long pants.
Come join the fun and help us rid Mead Botanical Garden of the invasive air potato! Let’s see how many pounds of potatoes we can remove from the garden!
This event is a joint project organized by the Green PLACE Program and the Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). For questions or to RSVP for this event, contact OCEPD Volunteer Coordinator Carrie Mohanna at Carrie.Mohanna@ocfl.net.
DID YOU KNOW…
Native to southeast Asia, the air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is a member of the yam family and is one of the most problematic invasive species in Florida. The vine can grow up to eight inches a day. Left unchecked, it will take over trees, shade out native plants and choke out vegetation. Its primary means of reproducing are tubers that can sprout at a very small stage. The tubers (potatoes) are easiest to find and remove in the winter months when the vine dies back. To learn more about air potato, visit http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/133.