Two organizations came together in McMinnville last month, and when they left, they made a donation that will benefit East Nashville and Madison. The Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association and the Middle Tennessee Nursery Association held their joint conference and expo at the McMinnville Civic Center providing their members education, exhibits, and a chance to give back – and many of them did.
Nashville neighborhood volunteers brought a flatbed truck and strong backs to help load the gifted trees and landscaping on Friday afternoon for the return trip to Nashville.
Property owner Christian Paro has graciously offered to store the gifted vegetation.
Nancy VanReece, Metro council member for the district explained, “Paro was the former district manager in the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and I’ve seen his true love of his wooded property and his respect for green space. I was thrilled that he could help.”
In total, the two associations donated over 60 trees and numerous more shrubs and plantings. With the help of volunteers, they will be placed to maximize their impact and ability to enhance the greater community. Dale Bennett, the TNGIE trade show coordinator, was critical to making the connection and ensuring there was enough help to get the donations loaded.
“Clint and Janey Camp made this wonderful connection and I’m amazed and the result,” said VanReece. “We already have a home for one of the trees at Maplewood High School.”
Volunteers interested in helping with the project can reach out to Abby Eitneier, District 8 Beautification Commissioner at AbbyTolen@gmail.com