Community celebrates Botanical Gardens

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – More than 120 people attended the 10th annual Sweet Harvest Nov. 12, at the Bentley Banquet Conference Center in Wyandotte to raise money for the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

“We did very, very, very well,” Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Executive Director Patty Donahue said.

She said during the event that the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will be honored with the Michigan Green Industry Associaton award in December, a statewide award.

“It is a definite asset to our community,” said gala attendee Kym Morris of Taylor. “People enjoy the Botanical Gardens.”

Morris said the gardens is a great place to teach her children and herself about plants and what they offer humanity. She said it is also a great place to relax.

The fundraiser included a cocktail reception, gourmet food, raffles, a live band, silent auction and gifts. Raffle items included tickets to Disney World, the Detroit Zoo, sports memorabilia and horticultural gifts. The proceeds will be used to support the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 22314 Northline.

Donahue said the event continues to grow, just like the gardens.

“Sweet Harvest is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Teri Fritz, board member and co-chair of the event.

Fritz said the proceeds from the event ensure that the facility can continue to connect people with plants, and move forward with thriving programs that support their mission.

Major supporters for the event included the Taylor Rotary Club, World Heritage Foundation and ITC.

“Many people were super generous,” Donahue said. “We are hoping to be an asset in our community. We can’t survive without them.”

To learn more about the conservatory and botanical gardens, go to

The Taylor Conservatory Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to creating beautiful spaces for public enjoyment, learning and recreation.

The conservatory will kick off its holiday season from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 26. The public is invited.

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