weed wrangle

Weed Wrangle®, is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. Typical unwelcome plants are honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica and L. maackii), Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense), winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei), autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata var. parviflora), English ivy (Hedera helix) and kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata).

Supervised by an experts in invasive weed management, Weed Wrangle®-volunteers will learn, practice, and begin a habit of maintaining an area free of invasive plants and encourage replanting with natives in removal areas. By engaging our neighbors and challenging them to take action in their own spaces, we hope to create a movement that will have the greatest impact on the invasive plant population.

Weed Wrangle® extends a special thank you to Steve Manning and Lee Patrick of Invasive Plant Control for their expertise and knowledge. They are an excellent source for invasive plant management and gather many of the top minds in the field to discuss, research and disseminate information pertaining to the most up to date invasive plant management options.


Nashville, TN - March 4, 2017
Memphis, TN - February 18, 2017
Knoxville, TN - March 4, 2017
Chattanooga, TN - March 4, 2017
Lookout Mountain, TN - April 8, 2017
Oak Ridge, TN - March 4, 2017
White House, TN - April 29, 2017

New Orleans, LA - March 11, 2017
Dallas, TX - March 18, 2017
Grants Pass, OR - March 4, 2017
Jackson, MS - September 17, 2016
Tennessee State Parks & Natural Areas - March 4, 2017
The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee - March 4, 2017

NEW in 2017:

“Tennessee State Parks and the Division of Natural Areas are excited to announce their partnership with Weed Wrangle® 2017 and look forward to encouraging many parks and natural areas to partake in the fight against invasive species.”

Let’s Move! Outside

Volunteer hours associated with this project support the “Let’s Move! Outside” initiative, a nationwide effort to provide opportunities for young people to work, learn, play, and serve outdoors and on public lands. This effort is made possible through partnership between the YMCA of the USA, the Department of the Interior, American Express, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry, and Hands On Nashville. For more information about Let’s Move, please click here. #letsmove

Weed Wrangle: A Template for Engaging Local Communities through a
Citywide Invasive Plant Event

Weed Wrangle 2016

Weed Wrangle Nashville 2015

The Weed Wrangle® started by The Garden Club of Nashville in 2015, expanded to the Knoxville Garden Club, Garden Club of Lookout Mountain, Memphis Garden Club, The Little Garden Club of Memphis, and The Garden Club of Jackson, MS in 2016. All clubs are members of The Garden Club of America and participants in the GCA Partners for Plants program.