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Signs of Summer: A Condiment from Hell

Friday, July 26, 2019, by Audrey Kaiser and Jaymes Marburger
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What we want people to know: Garlic Mustard, an invasive plant, inhibits the growth of neighboring plants and decreases species diversity. You can help by eradicating it where you see it and documenting its spread on websites like


In our research group we study the implications of garlic mustard management. Audrey's research relates to the growth of plants in formerly garlic mustard infested soil, and Jaymes' research relates to the physiology of garlic mustard itself. We both know all too well the devastating effects that this unassuming understory plant can have on the species diversity of a landscape!


As part of our Environmental Sign Making workshop, artist and educator David Buckley Borden showed us how to combine images in the culture with scientific information to convey facts and attitudes about our research to a wide audience.