For the first time in 4 years of annual pulling, we have finally seen significant progress in reducing garlic mustard and increasing native plant flora abundance. This year, eight volunteers assisted at the annual “pull.” For the first time since control was initiated, we were able to remove all of the flowering (second year) garlic mustard. The effort is not over; we will have to go back again for the next few years to continue to pull out the new plants that germinate and second year flowering plants. Garlic mustard is a biennial which means that the first year the plant is just a basal rosette, the second year it flowers and goes to seed. A big thank you to this year’s volunteers: Betsy Athan, Adina Giulli, Nancy Hallen, Kathleen Lang, Jennifer Lown, Cameron Shorb, Craig Smith and Betty Wright.