‘Sweet Harvest’ event supports Taylor Conservatory

The Taylor Conservatory Foundation has extended an invitation to an evening of sweet indulgence.

“Sweet Harvest – a Celebration of Chocolate, Wine and Romance” – will raise funds to help the foundation operate the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The event is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, at the Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, 16703 Fort Street, Southgate.

The evening includes a harvest of scrumptious desserts, gourmet chocolates, wine, specialty coffees and light hors d’oeuvres.
The night also features a silent auction, truffle raffle and sweet treat roulette.

Tickets are $50 each, of which $35 is tax-deductible.

All proceeds benefit the “Growing Great Communities” campaign. In this case, the donations will help grow the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, located on Northline Road just east of Pardee Road at Heritage Park.

The conservatory is a one-third-size replica of the original Ann Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle. The replica was built by DTE Energy in 1999 for the Detroit International Bloomfest, Michigan’s largest flower show. The replica was on display for two years and then was put into storage.

DTE agreed to donate the structure to the City of Taylor and the conservatory was erected under the supervision of the Taylor Conservatory Foundation, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

A patio, annual and perennial flowers and a landscaped parking lot have been added and a walking path is in the plans. Local companies and gardeners have already offered to donate time and services to the project.

The foundation is an all-volunteer organization governed by a Board of Directors. The group’s mission is to enrich the lives of people in the community by creating beautiful public spaces, promoting the arts and sciences and preserving our natural environment.

For tickets to the fund-raiser, to make a donation or to get more information on the conservatory, contact foundation Executive Director Patty Donahue at (888) 383-4108 or visit www.taylorconservatory.org.