Saturday was a day of good old-fashioned yard work for Dillon Bradbury and fellow scouts from Boy Scout Troop 233.
Bradbury, 16, of Waxahachie recruited scouts, parents and friends to assist in completing his Eagle Scout project — refurbishing the flowerbeds at Waxahachie CARE.
Dillon began planning the project over a month ago and collected donations from various businesses and individuals in order to provide a full flowerbed makeover. The Greenery and Roland’s Nursery and Landscape donated plants, Home Depot and Tim Choate donated mulch, Lawnmasters, Vintage Bank and Just For Kids donated funds for the project and Junior’s BBQ in Red Oak provided chopped beef for lunch, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit donated beans and Brookshire’s provided apples.
“I planned most of it and had everything donated,” Bradbury said, saying that the Scouts had removed weeds from the flowerbeds, trimmed crape myrtles and trees in the flowerbeds and yard, planted flowers and other plants, placed a rock border around one flowerbed and added mulch.
Bradbury enlisted the help of the Ellis County Master Gardeners in designing the project, collaborating with Dan Smith and Arlene Hamilton in planning the layout.
“These plants are low maintenance, hardy plants,” Bradbury said. Some of the plants include Texas sage, rosemary, begonias, lantana, knockout roses, red yucca and Gulf Coast grass.
Bradbury tackled the project when conversations with Waxahachie CARE staff revealed they wanted to hire someone to update their landscaping.
“We usually help with the canned food drive and I asked them if they needed any help with any projects,” Bradbury said. “It was their idea to redo the flowerbeds. They were very excited when I told them this would be my project. This way, it will look a little cheerier for people who come here.”
The work began at 8 a.m. Saturday and stretched past lunch into the afternoon. Bradbury was thankful for the help of 24 other Scouts, parents and friends, as well as for the donations from the community.
“I want to thank those who donated,” Bradbury said. “Without them, this wouldn’t be possible.”