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W. Islip teen recognized for garden project

Griffin Burr has been responsible for the landscaped

Griffin Burr has been responsible for the landscaped entryway to his housing development since he was 12. Now 18 and getting ready to leave his West Islip Acres home for college in the fall, Burr made it his personal mission - and Eagle Scout project - to make sure the next person who fell into the job had it a little easier. (June 2010) Photo Credit: Griffin Burr

Griffin Burr knows just how hard it is to maintain even a small garden. He’s been responsible for the landscaped entryway to his housing development since he was 12.

Now 18 and getting ready to leave his West Islip Acres home for college in the fall, Burr made it his personal mission -- and Eagle Scout project -- to make sure the next person who fell into the job had it a little easier.

Burr consulted his neighbor Jack Stehling, a master gardener and former president of the West Islip Beautification Society, to design a new, low-maintenance landscaping plan for the small space at the corner of Haynes Avenue and Watts Place.

It now has a perennial plant garden spread over two tiers of low brick walls. Burr chose perennial plants that don’t need a lot of attention and an easy-to-maintain ground cover.

To complete the project, Burr raised money and worked with the local businesses, many of which gave him discounts on materials and donations -- including the white PVC fence installed around the garden and the “Welcome to West Islip Acres” sign.

“I can appreciate what he’s done because I do this myself,” Stehling said. “It wasn’t a small task by any means.”

The community service project earned Burr his Eagle Scout designation and praise from the community, including Town Supervisor Phil Nolan and Councilman Steve Flotteron, who attended Burr’s Eagle Scout ceremony in January.

Burr was also given a citation from the town before the ceremony.

“I was kind of surprised,” he said.

Burr said that through Stehling, he has been involved in previous beautification projects. Burr said he’s learned a lot about gardening over the years from Stehling, the beautification society and his mother, who also gardens. He plans to study environmental studies and business in college.

“I’ve always been an active member of the community,” Burr said. “But this is one of the harder things I’ve done.”

Griffin Burr has been responsible for the landscaped entryway to his housing development since he was 12. Now 18 and getting ready to leave his West Islip Acres home for college in the fall, Burr made it his personal mission -- and Eagle Scout project -- to make sure the next person who fell into the job had it a little easier. (June 2010)

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