The Equine Pavilion at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center should be showing its Wildcat pride this fall, compliments of a new county businessman who donated more than $1,000 worth of trees to the landscaping project undertaken by the Sulphur Springs High School advanced placement biology class.
“Thank you all so much,” Civic Center Marketing Director Pansy Bell said recently to the SSHS AP biology class and the local businesses and groups that helped with the pavilion project. “It means a lot to me that the high school students took on this little project. We’re proud of this area, and you are a part of it now, and I hope you are proud of it too.”
The students started out studying the area and what types of shrubbery and flowers would grow best in that type of soil and lighted area. They did research and hands-on testing.
“My students raised $250 on their own; they had three cookie sales and so far we have spent less than $250,” noted Joy Doss, who this year joined the staff and is teaching the AP biology class. “The community has donated so much. Summer House helped greatly with this project along with the Master Gardeners of Hopkins County, and the Civic Center for allowing us to do this project and doing the actual planting of the roses.”
The Master Gardeners visited and contributed seeds, and the greenhouse helped with the cost of the greenery purchased there.
The Matthew Johnson dental office, upon learning the class was undertaking the project of sprucing up the Civic Center pavilion, also donated $100 toward the tree project.
Tractor Supply Co., when the students went to buy a birdhouse, donated another one to the project to attract birds, such as wrens according to Bell, to the Civic Center grounds.
The big contributor to the AP Biology class’ Civic Center project is MTV-Trees, a new wholesale business in Cumby owned by Ben Hartin, who donated eight trees to the project then had his crew plant them, at a value of more than $1,000.
Hartin said after surveying the area and available options, he selected five varieties of drought-hardy trees. All except one are native to the area. His selections are also fast growing, and should provide good cover quickly, noted Hartin, who indicated he likely will continue to contribute plants for the class project.
He selected a river birch, which should be in full glory with golden leaves in the fall, and a myrtle shrub which will produce blue berries. On the east sides of the building are a red bud and leland cypress. There are also two maple trees which are valued at $150 each.
Another facet of the Civic Center pavilion project was installing a pipe habitat to house feral cats. Doss said Dr. Rosanne Sehnert, a local veterinarian, has been involved with the project, “helping since day one.” She not only lends her expertise and advice but her services as well for the cats.
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