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There may be some purple prose, for which I will absolutely not apologize for.
Several years ago a wonderful teenager came into our lives at the Arboretum, volunteering on Saturdays with me.
In the few years of volunteering she formed bonds with other high schoolers from completely different schools and it has been amazing to watch their friendships form and grow.
This past spring she spoke at our fundraiser, ART in the Garden. I will quote her here:
It’s been a busy winter and spring in the Woodland at Reeves-Reed Arboretum! The Horticulture Department -along with dedicated RRA volunteer groups- implemented major trail renovations, seeded 1/4 acre with native woodland ground-cover species, and planted over 25 native tree saplings.
At Reeves-Reed Arboretum, volunteers are essential to our mission and they are one of the greatest strengths of our organization. Volunteers provide necessary support in the gardens and make special events and festivals possible. Our diverse volunteer pool includes students, retirees, avid gardeners, schools, teachers, nature lovers, and corporate groups. Some volunteer for a few hours, and some volunteer on a regular basis.