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  • Harkness Memorial State Park – A mansion, gardens and 237 acres on Long Island Sound that was owned by Edward S. Harkness and became part of the CT park system in 1952.
  • Japanese Knotweed – An invasive plant from East Asia with hollow stems like bamboo. It can grow in wetlands and drives out native plants creating a monoculture.

Fun Facts

  • The mansion at the Park is called “Eolia” for the island home of the Greek god of wind.
  • Japanese Knotweed’s young stems are edible and taste like sour rhubarb. Its flowers are excellent for bees.

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