When I saw news of an upcoming webinar about invasive plants listed on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society‘s website, I knew I wanted to sign up and listen in. And also that I wanted to talk to the presenter, who founded a business in 2016 to help private and public land owners with the remediation of Japanese knotweed, multiflora rose, Oriental bittersweet, and other thugs that are crowding out native plants and destroying wildlife habitat. Invasives are our topic today.
Our guest is Christian Allyn, who founded Invasive Plant Solutions when he was still pursuing a double major in horticulture and economics at the University of Connecticut. Rather than just watch the continuing ravaging of natural habitats by invasive species in Connecticut and Massachusetts where he practices, he decided to do something, to make it his career path.
“This does not have to be our reality,” he says, “We can choose to restore nature.”