2014: A Green Summer

2014: A Green Summer

Garden Lover's Paradise at Revitz House and Ring House

Ronnie.AbramsWith the arrival of warm weather, sunny days, and abundant rain in our area, anyone who loves to garden—that includes seniors on our campus—knows that this has been a spectacular summer for plants.

The activities coordinator at Ring House, Deborah Rittenhouse, and her counterpart at Revitz House, Marie Ford, have given our residents abundant opportunities to cultivate their green thumbs and watch their gardens flourish. 

At Revitz House, Ronnie Abrams, left, has put her gardening passion and expertise to use by providing Marie with guidance and advice about choosing plants and all the necessary tools to produce a vibrant garden alongside the residence patio. It's really been therapeutic for residents, families and visitors alike," observes Marie. "People flock to the outdoors more than ever."

For a third year, three volunteer "Master Gardeners" from Montgomery County led monthly programs for Ring House residents. They presented fascinating background information about live plants, cuttings, flowers, and herbs, which they brought to the workshop from their own homes and local gardens. More than a dozen residents been introduced to a wide variety of plants before they try their hand at arranging attractive container arrangements to take back to their apartments or give as gifts to friends.

2014.Ring flowersOutside the residence, herbs and flowers grow in the raised beds. There is also an "intergenerational garden"; youth groups from the community periodically come to Ring House to contribute their time, ideas, and energies to assist residents with garden maintenance. A few years ago, the husband of a resident who was a Holocaust survivor presented Deborah with tulip bulbs to plant in his wife's honor. Since then, Deborah has added irises, daffodils, and a butterfly bush so that the symbolism of a living tribute continues each year.

2014 Ring GardeningRing House resident Celia Packer, left, successfully grew thriving plants from seeds provided by Master Gardeners in March. Rittenhouse helped her transfer two tall plants into an outside garden, where they're thriving and producing stunning purple blossoms.

On August 29, garden lovers from Ring and Revitz came together in the Ring House sun room for an informal "Gardeners' Gathering." They were treated to refreshments and enjoyed sharing stories and tips as they celebrated the conclusion of a bountiful summer.


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