Spring has sprung in container gardens at Holiday Retirement
Moving into a retirement community doesn’t have to mean giving up your prized garden. Many Holiday Retirement residents find joy in fostering their green thumbs through container gardens, which are as simple as they sound. They’re plants in pots as an alternative to traditional garden beds.
While the concept of container gardens may be simple, there’s certainly nothing boring about them. Holiday Retirement residents across the country have grown impressive gardens using a variety of flowers, shrubs, trees and of course, delicious herbs, fruits and vegetables in large pots and containers—all while beautifying their homes and continuing a lifelong hobby.
Betty’s love of gardening began at an early age. Her mother and grandmother had flower and vegetable gardens that they planted every year. Betty was side to side with them, getting her hands dirty. Betty has continued this tradition over the past eight years at University Pines, beautifying her porch and backyard with container gardens.
Her passion for plants has even spread throughout the community, which recently held a community-wide “Can You Dig It” plant and flower event. Residents brought pots to the event and enjoyed a morning of planting and beautification.
Like Betty, Elma also recalls many fond memories of gardening in her youth. Elma even married a horticulturist, and their beautiful lawn filled with colorful flowers was the envy of the neighborhood.
Elma may have given up a larger lawn when she moved to Creekside Terrace, but she never gave up her love of nurturing plants. She keeps five hanging baskets on her balcony along with three plant stands. She also plants running vines in the plant stands that cascade over the balcony to add to the beauty of this Winston-Salem retirement community.
When asked what motivates her to continue growing beautiful plants each year, Elma said, “I love flowers. My grandmother taught me about flowers and anywhere I’ve ever lived, we always had flowers.”
Originally from New Orleans, Marlene views gardening as one of her greatest passions. She found her green thumb when she was young, helping her grandmother in the garden. Marlene took her gardening skills to the next level by decorating her backyard in New Orleans with various flowers, swings and other decor. She says that her backyard “looked like a park.”
Now, Marlene likes to take an effortless approach to gardening and has several cactus plants that she enjoys while relaxing on her balcony.
Inspired by these residents but not sure where to start? Download a free guide to container gardening and get in touch with us to plan a visit to a Holiday Retirement community and explore the gardens!