“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’
and sitting in the shade.” Rudyard Kipling
If you have a green thumb, consider yourself lucky! Chances are you have planted a garden (or two or three!) or have a knack for growing plants and keeping them healthy and beautiful. Seniors and people of all ages who garden gain valuable physical and mental health benefits from this simple pastime.
Seniors who love gardening can’t wait for the first signs of spring so that they can reconnect with nature by getting their hands in the soil, weeding, planting, watering and pruning. While gardening, they improve their muscle tone, body posture and ability to move by simply bending, kneeling and stretching. Studies have also shown that stress levels decrease during gardening, and it promotes feelings of well-being and relaxation as well. As the American poet, May Sarton, observed, “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
If you are starting to think about your garden, large or small, but need a helping hand to get started, let one of our delightful Debbie’s Angels concierge companions assist you. Our Debbie’s Angels are all college-educated and specially matched to each client to facilitate their ability to engage in social activities such as going to museums, shows, concerts, lunch, a favorite sporting event, worship services, social clubs or family events. And, of course, they can also help you get started with this season’s gardening projects!
Whether you would like someone digging alongside you, or to take you to the nursery to pick up plants for this year’s garden, our Debbie’s Angels can help. Let’s cultivate a garden together…start the conversation today.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero