This is the fourth year that America-Canadian volunteers have come to work in the Botanical Garden as part of the CAARI project (Canadian-American Active Retirees in Israel). This unique project, founded by the JNF, has been running for the past 34 years. The participants are Jewish retirees who work within several frameworks in the community, one of which is the Botanical Garden. Six volunteers are currently working in gardening and in the seed collection, for two of whom it is their third time with us. They say that the reason for their return is the combination of the Israeli weather, working outdoor, and the great company. As part of their work the volunteers have adopted a plot in the Israeli plants collection. They are engaged in a stubborn struggle against the invasive species that attack the plot.
The results of their hard work are evident, as the concentration of Oxalis pes-caprae, an invasive species, has declined dramatically. Moreover, colorful anemones and other geophytes, with which Oxalis competes, have returned to bloom.