Eagle Scout project growing at State Fairgrounds

6:53 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - At the Florida State Fairgrounds, there's plenty of rock and roll, as best friends Jared Dorsey and Garrett Fiss pile landscaping rocks into a wheelbarrow and roll it away. The two teenagers are teaming up on a large-scale Eagle Scout project.

Jared is creating a Florida Friendly Walking Trail, where people will be able to see what kinds of plants grow well here and under what conditions. 

"This is a blue flag iris," Jared says, pointing to a clump of green spikes. "There will be signs saying what plant it is."

The trail leads to Garrett's section of the project where he's working on an Interactive Learning Garden. 

"We're going to have plants all along here...and all this garden area with vegetables is going to be really awesome," he says pointing to a number of wooden garden boxes.

The group Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is helping coordinate the effort. Leaders say it will be a place for both fairgoers and school kids to learn about native plants and how food grows.

Of course the two Scouts haven't done this all by themselves. Since October, hundreds of volunteers have helped out. A variety of businesses have also contributed both, materials, and expertise.

And when it's complete, the Scouts will have every reason to grow some pride.

"It looks pretty good so far and once we get everything finished, it will look good," says Jared. And Garrett adds, "When everyone's coming through, smiling and having a good time, I'll just feel really accomplished."

More volunteers are needed to help finish the project. 

For more information call Daisy at Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful at 772-285-6041.



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