THE ELDERLY AND GARDENING-DAY TRIPS
This year (2014) I had the pleasure to visit a few Retirement Communities in the Burlington/Oakville area. It is my dream of mine to take the Elderly (and Retirees) on daily garden expeditions. I was happy to learn that within these communities there are a few places that have at least one day a summer that their private buses take them to see lush, colourful gardens. Some are even members of the Royal Botanical Gardens. A place you must see if you are an avid gardener! I took a few opportunities to sit with some of the residents that spoke in depth about their past gardens and some that spoke about the gardens they take care of at the facilities they currently reside in. I learned how important plants and gardening was to the residents, as well as the outward appearance of the building. Some said that it brought them out of a deep depression. I have read many articles that gardening and plant life can do amazing things for those with mental stresses. It’s important to know that depression among the Elderly is a significant problem within these communities. A subject no one ever talks about. Aging is difficult, but if I can make it easier by involving the Elderly in my craft, than I will. Every year I am organizing bus guided day trips from July to September. If you are interested (no age restrictions), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JULY TO SEPTEMBER TOURS
Private Gardens, Lavender gardens, Daylily gardens, Hosta gardens and many more! Call or email if you are interested in an outing among interesting gardens. It’s a beautiful place to be!