Residents get new raised flower beds ready at Westmount Gardens

Old washtubs have been converted to decorative flower boxes
9/8/2021  - Deron Hamel
Pictured above, the two raised flower beds residents helped create at Westmount Gardens.  

The Westmount Gardens life enrichment team and some of the London, Ont. long-term care community’s residents recently completed a project to paint two washtubs that have been converted into raised flower beds to provide some additional beauty around the home.

Last year, life enrichment manager Deb Lines bought two washtubs – a single tub and one double tub – and brought them to Westmount Gardens.

This summer, life enrichment aides Tammy McMahon and Adnan Resh have encouraged residents to help them with a project to clean, paint and fill the decorative flower boxes.

“It was a joint effort,” Deb tells S&R Today. “The staff scrubbed the tubs down and the residents painted them.”

After refurbishing the tubs, container soil was added. Plants, which had been growing over winter and spring in an indoor garden area at Westmount, were then transplanted to the raised flower beds to complete the project.

“Some residents had started their own tomato plants on their window ledges, so they really took ownership of this project,” Deb says.

The double flower box has been placed on a balcony on the second floor of Westmount Gardens while the single flower box has found a home outside in the large courtyard.

“This was an interesting project for the residents and they got to personalize the project by choosing the paint colours and the designs,” Deb says.

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