Nick Popoff and Laura Welland prepare soil beds for planting at the southeast corner of Volunteer Park on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Nick Popoff and Laura Welland prepare soil beds for planting at the southeast corner of Volunteer Park on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The Volunteer Park Trust, on Sept. 18, organized a work party to plant hundreds of yellow flora in the soil beds on the southeast corner of the park reservoir.

John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., the sons of venerable American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, originally designed the central park to be accented by fields of yellow flora, said trust secretary Nancy Iannucci.

“It kind of sent the park into a downward spiral,” said Bayley, who serves as co-chair of the trust’s landscape committee. “No one was visiting at the time.”

Volunteers working on the fall restoration project last year, and at monthly work parties since, removed invasive species from soil beds.

“It will be close,” Iannucci said. “We’re replacing some plants which are no longer in use, such as scotch broom, and using other plants such as forsythia and yellow roses.”

“We want to keep the parks looking good so that people will be excited about coming here,” Bayley said.