We’ve been busy making our outdoor spaces at both communities even better over the last few months, and we have more additions planned as we look forward to Spring.
At Groundwater Lodge, residents have been potting seedlings in their own colourful planter boxes that sit outside their private suites, and the main garden beds are full of potted colour, like pansies and petunias.
Our orange, lime, apple and nectarine trees are fruiting, and so is our mini mulberry bush, providing residents with delicious tastes as they spend time enjoying the gardens.
We’re also growing lots of herbs, including chillies, parsley, basil, rosemary and thyme, and we’re looking forward to using these in our cook-fresh kitchen soon. We also use the herbs in garden-related activities, like making ANZAC Day wreaths or potpourri bowls.
The sensory garden in our Dementia Support Household will soon have a new retaining wall with in-built seating and some interesting garden art. With new seasonal planting designed to maximise sensory stimulation, residents will be able to engage with nature through touch, smell, taste and sight.
At Yaralla Lodge, residents have been painting pots and planting them with flowers. The garden beds have been freshly mulched ready for new Spring planting, and we’re also planning some new garden beds for the residents to grow veggies.