Many hands made light work at Plant Reynoldsburg May 19, whether the thumbs were green or not.

Donna Bauman, director of the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department, said more than four dozen volunteers planted about 2,000 annual plants and flowers around the City Hall complex, 7232 E. Main St.

She said Girl Scout groups, families and other volunteers showed up bright and early to literally "dig in."

"We had between 50 and 60 volunteers, which I believe is a record," Bauman said.

She said the city grows all the plants used for Plant Reynoldsburg in its own greenhouse.

Although there were periods of rain, the morning event, from 9 a.m. to noon, went off without a raindrop, Bauman said.

"We had beautiful weather," she said.

One of the volunteers this year was Reynoldsburg Board of Education President Joe Begeny.

Begeny said he brought his kids to help plant flowers and the good turnout of volunteers helped the work go faster.

He said volunteering for the event helped him give back a little.

"I wanted to give something back to the community," he said. "We are there for school board and City Council meetings and it is a place where we bring the community -- so we want to keep things nice," Begeny said.

The city had some tools available, but asked volunteers to bring trowels and garden gloves, if they had them.

City horticulturist Ryan Lauber showed the group where to place each flower or plant, and how deep to dig the holes, Bauman said.

Sponsors of Plant Reynoldsburg were White Castle, Panera, Kroger and McDonalds.

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