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Posing (left to right) Mark Weston, Betsy Leibson, Lynn Donaldson, Geoffrey Baer, Cam Avery and Meridith Clement at the Buckthorn Barbecue on Oct. 3 at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Photos by Rhonda Holcomb/22nd Century Media
Meridith Clement (left) speaks with Zach Nagle (center), creator of the community art project behind them, and Becky Maganuco, of Glencoe.
Hilary Anderson, Freelance Reporter
3:03 pm CDT October 15, 2019

One person can make a difference.

Ten years ago, Glencoe resident Betsy Leibson decided to pull up some invasive buckthorn from an area near her house known as the Green Bay Trail.

Neighbors and friends watched her efforts. Soon they began doing likewise. Some planted noninvasive plants where invasive ones had grown and choked out nature’s intended beauty of the area.