Retree Nebraska Initiative is a matching grant,
so community support is vital. No village or
county funds or taxes may be used to fund the
Taylor effort. Supporters may dedicate a tree
for $100. This includes a small plaque (see
right) with your name or your designated honoree's
name plus the tree information.
dedicate a tree, please print this Tree Dedication
the completed form along with a check to Terry
DeGroff's office located in the Management Informations
System building on the square in Burwell. You
can also mail the completed form and check to
Terry DeGroff (see application for details).
this time, members of the Taylor Community Arboretum
include: Colt Kraus, Loren Sandoz, Jean Harden,
Tom & Sue McNeil, Shirley Armbruster, Ken
Sheets, Amy Ritchie, Jolene Skalsky, Cindy Dunbar,
and Dick Brown.
see a list of Current Tree Dedications, please
In the summer of 2009, the Taylor Arboretum
committee reformed after nearly 20 years. This
organization worked toward improvement of the
Taylor Village Park circa 1990. Caring individuals
thought that the park again needed some extra
attention, not only in beautification but for
safety reasons as well.
Taylor Community Arboretum (TCA) applied for
and received a 2009 Trees for Nebraska Towns
grant, part of the Retree Nebraska Initiative,
from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA).
Justin Evertson, NSA director, and Bob Henrickson,
NSA staff member, came to Taylor to meet with
the committee. From that meeting, NSA officials
suggested to not only target the village park
in the effort but make it a community-wide arboretum
including the Tourist Park, Visitor Center,
public library, Historical Pavillion Hotel,
and museum as well as the Taylor Park. Being
a part of the statewide arboretum initiative,
Taylor is now included on the Arboretum register
which helps encourage more visitors to the area.
the end of 2010 six "condemned trees"
had been removed, a new sign proclaiming Taylor
as an Arboretum and the "Home of the Taylor
Juniper" had been installed with native
plants surrounding the base, and over fifty
trees had been planted with plaques installed
next to them containing their common and scientific
names (and any dedication information). Also
a new "Welcome to Taylor" sign was
installed at the entrance of the community near
the junction of highways 183 and 91 surrounded
by Taylor Junipers and native plants.
December of 2010, the Taylor Community Arboretum
received an additional $2,500 for the project.
With these funds the committee installed the
"commemorative brick" flower bed around
the Arboretum sign. The additional grant money
was also used to purchase 100 small Taylor Junipers
that were sold to area residents and planted
at various locations around the community including
the high school. This "Baby Juniper Project"
helped to spread not only the Taylor Juniper,
but also expand the Community Arboretum all
across the county and surrounding areas.