Like most of Florida, the Arboretum property has been invaded by exotic, foreign plants that are detrimental to native species. Plants such as the Chinese Tallow, Air Potato, and Cogon Grass will "take over" and crowd out other plants and therefore, must be controlled. The First Coast Invasives Workgroup is a group of agricultural and environmental agency professionals who volunteer their time and expertise in helping control the invading pests. As you can see, their day at the Arboretum was quite successful. Thank you folks! And thanks to Advanced Disposal for donating the hamper and disposing of the waste in an environmentally responsible manner.