Big Dig is a success at the Taylor Conservatory

The "Big Dig" on Saturday, October 16, at the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical was rated a great success as volunteers planted 28 native, spring-flowering trees around the conservatory on Northline Road, just east of Pardee Road.

The trees will provide food and habitat for birds and other wildlife, as well as provide a beautiful display of blooms each spring for the public to enjoy, according to Patty Donahue, executive director of the Taylor Conservatory Foundation.

The dig was made possible through a DTE/DNR Tree Planting Grant, the help of volunteers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and the City of Taylor.

The Scouts arrived at 10 a.m. and foundation representatives divided the younger volunteers into groups. Soon, they were knee-deep in dirt and having a great time. The Scouts learned the proper way to plant and water trees, which trees to stake and the correct way to mulch around the trees.

The volunteers also planted more than 200 daffodil bulbs that will provide sunny yellow blooms in the spring. They zipped on tree gators and filled them with water. Volunteers will continue watering until the ground freezes and then resume again next year until the trees are settled in.

The volunteers planted Columnar Sugar Maple trees, Sourwoods, Dogwoods, Yellowoods, Serviceberries, American Fringe Trees and Carolina Silverbells. Each Scout volunteer was given a bag of bulbs and a ruler to take home for planting.

Donahue and the conservatory foundation also thanked the DNR and DTE for the grant, Scout leaders Rodney and Angela Carter from Troop and Pack 818, Girl Scout leader Amy Keeton, volunteer leader Louise Doute, Stan Price, Ken Hughes, Jim Thompson, Jill Parrish, Sherry Soja-Molloy, Perry Durham, Joshua Zimmerman, Jeff Nicita, Karen Taylor and Gary Kujat.