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HISTORY

History

The Taylor Conservatory Foundation has it’s roots in the community. The original exploratory committee as well as the current board of directors consists of talented and hard-working volunteers. These individuals bring a wide array of skills and diversity to TCF to strengthen and build our capacity as an organization for good in the community.

  • 2016
  • Introduced Sensational Succulents as theme for year at Growing Great Gardens event
  • Announced musical lineup at Mardi Gras for 5th season of Music & Art in the Gardens
  • Introduced Kid’s in the Garden, a program for children 6-12 to grow plants in garden.
  • 2015
  • Introduced Protect Our Pollinators as theme for year at Growing Great Gardens event
  • 4th season of Music & Art in the Gardens
  • Partnered with 23rd District Court to manage Goodwill Gardens
  • Introduced Let’s Grow, a program for teens to grow plants in community garden.
  • Designed and installed the Love Garden.
  • Held Sunday Fundays, scheduled for 4 Sundays in June.
  • Pruned Hornbeams, added 6 tons of gravel, began work on asphalt parking lot
  • Instituted our new bench tribute program
  • 2014
  • Introduced Plants from Around the World as our theme, at Growing Great Gardens event
  • 3rd season of Music & Art in the Gardens
  • Executive Director Patty Donahue and board member Erin Dobbins attended APGA’s Small Public Garden Conference in September.
  • Enhanced Gardens with ambient lighting
  • Changed our Holiday Lights to LED and increased lighting in gardens to include knot gardens
  • Launched Discovery Cart education feature in the fall
  • Held our first Classical Music in the Gardens event
  • Installed a Little Free Library
  • 2013
  • Introduced Fantastic Foliage as theme for gardens.
  • Planted the new triangle and boomerang beds
  • Two Eagle Scout projects: Michael Menna planted 1500 daffodils on Daffodil Hill and constructed 2 benches for viewing. Tim Rigotti led a team of scouts to clean up the woods between the Pavilion and the park waterwheel, designing pathways, mulching, removing debris and making a small bridge.
  • Initial pruning of 24 Hornbeam trees by Guardian Tree Service.
  • 2012
  • Introduced Chocolate Gardens as our theme for year.
  • Music & Art in the Gardens launched, through the efforts of new board members Erin Dobbins and Mary Boonenburg. 12 weeks of music and art.
  • Flower Fairy Tea, chaired by Janet Thompson
  • Designed gardens around pavilion, completed plantings at Pavilion, triangle bed, boomerang beds.
  • Designed and installed Woodland Garden, with donation received in 2007 from former board member Mary FitzPatrick..(did not want a sign for garden)
  • Designed and installed a 6 x 10’ entrance sign
  • Installed a garden bed around sign
  • Held Pruning Class with Janet Macunovich, pruning 66 arbs around knot gardens in fall.
  • 2011
  • Began theme for each year, announcing at Growing Great Gardens in March. Introduced Butterfly Gardening at Conservatory, using containers and in-ground plantings
  • Installed 4 aluminum crimp wire kiosks in Rotunda area, created by Perry Durham.
  • Installed Sunflower donation can sculpture, created by Perry Durham.
  • Introduced Gnome Day at the “C”, held contest to Gname that Gnome at Growing Great Gardens (Zachary Taylor and his friend TJ for Thomas Jefferson). Took TJ hiking on Appalachian Trail and visit to Monticello, for Heritage Newspaper.
  • Other Programs continue.
  • Designed Pavilion, Selected Contractor, and broke ground for pavilion and gardens
  • Upgraded Electrical service from Northline to panel by arbs, inside knot garden area and added service to pavilion.
  • 2010
  • Container gardens continue to increase, with 80 containers this year.
  • Continued fundraising efforts for programs and operations.
  • Held our 4th Wildflower Walk in the Woods, 4th Tree Lighting Ceremony, other programs continue
  • Conducted our first full Annual Appeal, raising $3615
  • Sent out 4 seasonal postcards to supporters
  • Planted 5 Apollo Maples in parking lot beds
  • Increased our goal of bookings by 100%, from 10 to 20.
  • Surpassed our $5000 goal of revenue on bookings, $5791.
  • Added uplighting around base of Conservatory
  • 2009
  • Programs and gardens continue to expand. Growing Great Gardens, Preserve It Yourself, Butterfly Day, Yoga on the Terrace and Wednesday Walk and Learns are added to programs.
  • Plantings were labeled and interpretative signed added.
  • Over 70 containers were designed and maintained throughout the season for public education and benefit.
  • Acquired a Volunteer Coordinator (volunteer) and a full-time garden assistant through a SEMCA employment partnership.
  • Planted 1000 bulbs in anticipation of spring 2010 Plant Sale to be held at the Conservatory.
  • A new archway was designed for the entrance and a new garden developed and installed by Celtic Gardens. The knot gardens expanded to fill the area around the terrace.
  • Founders Society recognition marker selected.
  • Over 6000 people visit the gardens, attend program and events.
  • 2008
  • Plant-A-Palooza in June creates over 60 container plantings for public enjoyment and education.
  • Planning for 2nd phase of garden construction begins.
  • Executive Director is hired part-time. First event was held in May, a wedding shower.
  • The first wedding was held in July.
  • Tea Time in Paradise held in August.
  • New Gardens planned for September, back to the terrace.
  • The Haunted Luau was held in October.
  • New drainage added along the boundaries of the “back 40” in preparation of future work planned.
  • Planted 3500 bulbs in the knot gardens.
  • 2007
  • Held first educational Wildflower Walk in May.
  • Construction of parking lot, Conservatory, and terrace complete in July.
  • Plantings completed in August. Sweet Harvest fundraiser held in October.
  • Commemorative Bricks installed in November.
  • Holiday Lighting program begins in December
  • 2006
  • TCF Board elected. Albert Berriz, CEO of McKinley is selected to head the Taylor Conservatory Foundation’s Capital Campaign,” Growing Great Communities”. Quiet phase of fundraising begins in March. Masco pledges $100,000 to project.
  • Construction begins in October. Public phase of fundraising begins in October
  • 2005
  • Site chosen.
  • Taylor Conservatory Foundation incorporated as a tax-exempt 501 (3) c non-profit.
  • Historical Courtyards and Gardens selected as landscape firm. Plans are drawn, reviewed and finalized. Taylor Conservatory Foundation holds “Autumn and the Arts” fundraiser.
  • Wayne County pledges $100,000 to project
  • 2001-2004
  • Exploratory committee formed to research possible uses for Conservatory structure in Taylor. Partnership between the Taylor Garden Club, Taylor Rotary, City of Taylor, Downriver Council for the Arts, and other interested members of the community. Hon. Geno D. Salomone selected to lead committee. Proposal submitted to DTE Energy to donate Conservatory Structure. DTE donates Conservatory to City of Taylor and Rotary, who donates it to the Taylor Conservatory committee. Taylor Rotary pledges $50,000 over 3 years in recognition of their 100th anniversary of service.