“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Several residents at Hilltop House, a long-term care home located in Squamish, are very keen gardeners and for many, gardening was a large part of their earlier lives.
A number of residents have worked hard to create a bountiful vegetable garden to add fresh, homegrown produce to the menu at Hilltop. And now is the time of year that makes all their efforts during the spring worthwhile.
The Hilltop gardeners have provided salad greens for Friday night dinner, and have enjoyed cucumbers, peas, beans, potatoes, carrots, radishes, broccoli, kale, all the fresh herbs and it is almost tomato time!
Those involved with gardening are the caretakers of that space – an important role for people on the receiving end of medical care. It generates positive emotions through a sense of purpose and achievement, and can enhance overall quality of life.
Gardening can also help participants to learn new skills or regain those that are lost. Physically, it can help strengthen muscles and improve coordination and mobility.