Horticulture therapy is the use of plants and plant related activities to improve the mind, body and spirit. There are many seniors living in south Florida, and as time goes by, they often move into an adult living facility. ALFs are communities that provide meals, transportation, maid service and activities. There are independent living, assisted living and nursing facilities.
Residents love getting their hands in the soil and nurturing plants. Many facilities have a garden club, horticulture classes or green thumb group. Some facilities have raised bed gardens, butterfly gardens, herb gardens and sensory gardens. Residents love to pick and eat their own vegetables. Many seniors well into their nineties are digging, weeding, pruning and watering.
Favorite vegetables to plant are tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, and broccoli. Top herbs are basil, rosemary, dill, parsley, mint, oregano, chives and cilantro.
Many residents are overjoyed to be able to garden again due to the raised beds and large containers. “I am afraid of falling in a regular garden.” They often say. Other seniors had gardens up north when they were younger and moved to condominiums here. Their garden days were from long ago. They pined for the days when they gardened. By moving into an ALF, their opportunity to garden is renewed.
The wonderful slide show below captures the joys of gardening in our golden years. Seniors are happy to be gardening again in south Florida.
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