On May 14th, Everybody Grows planted our first nursing home inspiration garden with the residents and staff at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home. We had a great turnout and participation from many who live and work at the home. We all worked together and got our hands dirty planting in the ten of the raised beds that live on a beautiful patio area that runs alongside the home
Ms. Farley planted the very first plants, a row of sweet peppers. Mr. Goldring was a gardening machine, and once he got going, he did not stop until he had filled nearly two of the beds with edible plants. Ms. Nelson was particularly drawn to the Thai basil, and she planted it in a prominent spot so she could come back and check on it.
Part of the joy of the planting event was spending time together. Our planting events are always as much about meeting new people and building community as much as they are about getting plants in the ground. Volunteers, staff, and residents sat under umbrellas and drank lemonade, talked gardening, and looked over seedlings before planting them.
We are looking forward to seeing my new friends at the nursing home again very soon.