Seniors and their families will be pleased to have a new facility for gardening on the Coast.
The opening ceremony for the Seniors Community Garden in Sechelt, at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden site at 5941 Mason Rd., is this Sunday, June 27, at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come see the garden and find out more about how it might be used.
Funded by Human Resources and Skills Canada/New Horizons for Seniors, this accessible food garden has been designed for and by seniors to include people with varying abilities. It is comprised of raised growing beds and tables all planned for easy access for standing, sitting, walkers or wheelchairs. A greenhouse is also in the works, and it too will be accessible to people with walkers or wheelchairs.
The program hopes to attract seniors who may have gardened in the past and would like to again, so transportation and other assistance may be available. Although the emphasis will be on growing fresh organic vegetable, herbs and fruit, participants may also want to grow their favourite flowers.
The Seniors Community Garden is adjacent to the existing vegetable garden to encourage the kind of inter-generational experience we all love -gardeners helping other gardeners, trading tips and ideas, maybe even recipes. And what a treat it will be for participants to harvest and eat the food they've grown.
For more information, visit www.coastbotanicalgarden.org and click on the words "Info on Seniors Garden."