Girl Scouts spruce up green house for Madison Estates residents
Despite a hot and muggy day, more than 30 Madison Estates residents braved the heat to watch the ribbon cutting of the community’s newly renovated green house. Green thumbs united and celebrated as they toured the greenhouse, now equipped with raised tables and space for their wheelchairs and walkers.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 839 took on the project in hopes of achieving the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. What they did not expect is they would embark on a rewarding nine-month adventure to help local seniors enjoy one of their favorite pastimes, gardening.
During the nine-month journey, troop members and their parents worked to renovate the green house so it was wheelchair and walker accessible; they lowered tables so residents would be able to garden with minimal risk to their wrists and backs; and they also provided new gardening tools.
“Our residents were overjoyed when they saw the newly remodeled green house,” said Mario Garcia, enrichment coordinator at Madison Estates. “It’s now open for our residents to enjoy, which many plan on doing right away!”
It was one resident’s vision to see the green house come to life. Sylvia R., former Madison Estates resident and an avid gardener, used to dream of the green house’s potential beauty, but sadly was never able to utilize it. In honor of Sylvia, who passed away last year, the Girl Scout troop dedicated the renovated greenhouse to Sylvia.
If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about gardening and seniors, visit holidaytouch.com/senior-gardening-tips.