Bike path gets new addition

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) have been putting their horticulture knowledge to work. This spring they undertook a project to identify and label key trees along the bike path for the public.

“We wanted to highlight key trees along the path and place an emphasis on native trees in Miami County,” said Dave Pinkerton, committee member.

“We also wanted to point out there are invasive tree species we should work to identify and consider removing. Invasive species can threaten the survival of our native species,” said Elizabeth Franz, Miami County MGV.

Fourteen trees bear the nameplates along the path starting at Twin Arches Park parking lot and ending near the children’s play area just south of the new bridge over the Miami River.

“The nameplates are designed to grow with the tree so that the tree itself is not harmed by the plate,” said committee member Diane Link, who worked with Pax Products in Celina to get the metal nameplates designed.

The Master Gardeners are an Ohio State University Extension volunteer group, who work on community service projects throughout Miami County. The 77 members donated more than 3,000 volunteer hours in 2016. Ohio State University Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of The Ohio State University. Follow Miami County Master Gardeners on Facebook or visit for more information.