RICHMOND – Planted last year in a garden bed at Oak Ridge Assisted Living, a lone Easter lily pokes through the green foliage of the zucchini plants that Louie Coen weeds and cares for every day.

“There’s also a pansy tucked in here,” he said, as he pointed to the light purple flowers in the corner of the garden bed.

The vegetables and flowers line the sidewalks and patio of each living area, including the memory care unit.

Memory Care Unit Coordinator Jacie O’Dell said the gardens were installed in 2018.

“We asked the residents what they wanted in the garden beds, she said.

“Many of the residents at Oak Ridge are old farmers and remember those days.”

O’Dell said they wanted green beans, carrots, radishes, onions and tomatoes. All of the vegetables and flowers are tended by residents and their families and staff.

To read more about how much the residents are loving the gardens, pick up the June 21 Richmond Daily News....

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