Hoping to make a difference in their community while exploring nature with their friends, the nine second graders in Foxboro Brownie and Girl Scout Troop 82350 put together a native plant garden on the Lane Property.
The first phase of the native species garden actually started last year on the Lane property, which serves as a hiking, fishing and educational space where visitors can learn about native plants, trees and wildlife.
This year, the Foxboro Conservation Commission welcomed the troop back to plant the second phase of the project.
The girls chose native shrubs and perennials including juniper, lupine, milkweed, bearberry, black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, and phlox for the site.
They also included colorful annuals such as petunia, gerbera daisy, and non-native perennial day lilies.
The troop had to run its plan past the conservation commission and selectmen and both boards agreed with the multi-year plan for the site.
The troop used funds they earned through cookie sales earlier this year to fund the project. The troop sold 1,000 boxes of cookies this year.
The troop also had some help through a grant from Partners in Patriotism and donations of mulch, shrubs and flowers from AJT Landscaping in Foxboro and Briggs Nursery in North Attleboro.
The girls put in a lot of time creating the garden beds and planters for the site.
They were also busy during the year learning new skills and earning badges for sewing, dancing, science experiments, creating boardgames, making blankets for needy families.
The troop also participated in a townwide Girl Scout Camporee.