Friends of Jocassee sponsored Perk up the Park day at Keowee-Toxaway State Park Saturday, November 12th, and several conservation organizations pitched in to support the effort. The Upstate Native Nursery supplied many of the 130 native plants went into the ground around the visitor’s center that were then mulched and watered. Devils Fork State Park provided the mulch. Jon Fritz of Bluestem Landscape Design led the project and also supplied some of his plants. Jon spoke of the value of Fall planting where the roots have plenty of time to establish and develop before sending out the new growth next Spring.
Around 25 people participated in this group effort including State Park staff, SC Native Plant Society, Friends of Jocassee and Upstate Master Naturalist volunteers. The event was scheduled from 9 am until noon, but the work was done in about an hour with plenty of socializing and networking going on. It was a fun day and a job well done.