Our residents feel so fortunate to have a p-patch all their own right out the back door in their in-city retirement home. Some of our residents are long-time gardeners, bringing their skills to enhance their spot and some are novices that are "digging in the dirt" for the first time. For all gardeners, they are growing vegetables, herbs for our community kitchen or beautiful flowers for all to enjoy. All of us feel that this experience not only beautifies our space, but improves physical and mental wellbeing of the gardeners and the rest of the community as well.
Because the garden space was inaccessible to all who want to participate in this adventure, we hired a designer to address this issue. The result is a beautiful plan by a talented, thoughtful designer that will provide a dozen raised beds and accessible pathways covered with a material that will accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. There will be water provided to each spot so no lifting of heavy watering cans or dragging hoses to ensure their plots have adequate moisture. There will be a paved patio, fountain and resident memorial rose garden in the common space for all residents to enjoy the ambience of this beautiful space.
We are so grateful that we just received a $40,000 grant from the Boeing Employees' Community Fund to assist us in completion of this project and that along with donations from residents, families and former residents as well as a fundraiser will allow us to complete the garden this season.
The first phases of having residents move their favorite plants to the greenhouse and removal of all structures and excavation of the space have already occurred. We will keep you updated with pictures of our progress. And, of course, we will be sending out invitations for our grand opening.