Volunteers help rid Vizcaya of invasive plants

  • Carolina Fox laughs while struggling to pull an invasive plant species from the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds as she volunteers with HandsOn Miami on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Charlene-Jade Service, 21, works with Sofia Fox, 13, to extract an invasive plant species from the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 as part of HandsOn Miami. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Silvana Navaro holds an invasive plant species that she pulled from the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, as part of the HandsOn Miami project. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Andrew Dixon packs a trash bag with invasive plant species that he and other HandsOn Miami volunteers extracted from the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Miami. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Knowledge Grant, 12, holds an invasive plant species at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. She volunteered with her mom and sister as part of the HandsOn Miami project. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nelson Santos, a HandsOn Miami project leader, leads a group through the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' dense wooded area on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Volunteers extracted invasive plant species from the soil. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jen Kay bags invasive plant species from Miami's Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds as part of HandsOn Miami on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Shannon Huggins-Scott, 8, walks through the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds during the HandsOn Miami project on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Volunteers were extracting invasive plant species from the grounds. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Julia Kay, 8, attempts to pull an invasive species plant out of Miami's Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds as part of the HandsOn Miami project on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. She eventually solicited help from her mom to successfully pull the plant out. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kidada Scott looks up at an example of an invasive plant species that HandsOn Miami project leader Nelson Santos pointed out during the HandsOn Miami project at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Her daughter Shannon Huggins-Scott was to the left. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ellie Morris takes out invasive plant species from the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds as part of HandsOn Miami on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Emily Kay, left, 11, hands a trash bag full of invasive plant species that she and her mother, Jen Kay, right, extracted from Miami's Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds as part of the HandsOn Miami project on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ritchie Lucas talks to a friend while extracting invasive plant species from Miami's Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' grounds as part of the HandsOn Miami project on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF