A little rain did not deter Earth Day volunteers who pulled invasive plants from the Moses Wright nature area at East Granville Park on April 14.

A little rain did not deter Earth Day volunteers who pulled invasive plants from the Moses Wright nature area at East Granville Park on April 14.

The combined efforts of volunteers from Sustainable Worthington (SW) and the city nearly filled a city truck with the unwanted plants, according to SW organizer Paula Deming.

Part of the crew focused on a large patch of garlic mustard growing along the south edge of the park, along East New England Avenue, Deming said.

Others tore out plants at the western edge, around a dry creek bed.

Invasive plants rob needed moisture from native plants. SW volunteers have been working to bring the park back to its natural splendor for three years.

The pulling of invasive garlic mustard needs to continue over the next month, Deming said. In a message on the SW website, she encouraged people to take a walk and pull along the way.

"Even 15 minutes of pulling helps," she wrote.

Also on Earth Day, volunteers transplanted native perennials to a plot at Moses Wright from the yard of a resident who had donated the plants.