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Gardening is a Great Hobby for Active Older Adults
Even though lawn care and maintenance is included in the residence amenities at Westminster Village, some residents may enjoy gardening or are plant enthusiasts. You may have house plants that you maintain or you may like potted plants on the patio or balcony at home. Gardens that that include flowers, herbs or vegetables provide the gardener enjoyment, exercise and even creativity.
The residents of Westminster Village who love to garden do so in community beds. Some of the campus gardens are just beautifully designed and maintained by residents. It’s part of what makes Westminster Village home!
Senior gardeners should decide what type of flower to plant
The first thing that any seasoned or beginner gardener needs to know is what kind of plant will grow in what kind of environment. Your garden will either be placed in full sun, partial sun or full shade. Different types of plants thrive in different light. Because your perennials are dormant throughout our fall and winter season, you need to know what can withstand our temperatures. Our lowest average temperature is about 10-20 degrees and that determines our temperature zone. Most local stores will only stock what’s best in your area, so you may not need to concern yourself with this part. If you buy plants off the internet, however, then you may need more information.
Some examples of plants that grow in shade and sun gardens include:
- Partial sun: hostas, Japanese painted ferns, delphiniums, four o’clocks, geraniums, day lilies
- Full sun: day lilies, mountain marigolds, daisies, evening primrose, hibiscus, fountain grass, peonies
- Full shade: Old fashioned bleeding hearts, lily of the valley, coral bells, ferns, English ivy, white trillium
Your garden is not limited to flowers
I’d like to start a raised flower bed for a small herb garden. Some gardeners simply have multiple pots of herbs sitting inside the house. The plants add a unique look for your kitchen or dining room and, of course, they can be used in cooking. Herb garden kits that include the seeds or plants and a planter. Some even include a special light for improving the growing time.
Some gardeners live for those fresh off the vine tomatoes in late summer and the strawberries they can get before the birds find them. So many seniors plant a vegetable or two in pots to enjoy just the right amount of fresh produce they want.
Seniors can enjoy indoor plants
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time outside watering, weeding and working in a garden or flower bed, many plants can be grown in pots inside your home. Obviously, there are house plants like ferns, aloe, anthurium, peace lily, snake plant, and a Chinese evergreen that thrive indoors and keep the air fresh and clean.
House plants may require sun or natural light, but you won’t have to worry about temperature or weather like you do an outdoor garden. Some plants need less water than others and their care is easy.
Senior gardeners can find help with their gardens
The novice gardener can turn to many places for help when starting out. Any hardware or plant store will assist you with tips and advice. Websites like Pinterest are sources for all kinds of information about type of plants, materials, tools, planting and care, and problems with gardens. You can also travel to local nature parks like those around West Lafayette to take classes or view the best plants for area gardens.
Designing a garden and taking care of it provides a creative outlet for active adults. The work after your plants are planted can be hard, but it’s also satisfying when it’s all done. For some individuals, that can be just what they need to soothe their soul.
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team