When resident Judy Dubrow first moved in, she noticed that the community greenhouse needed a little bit of TLC. She started to visit more regularly and found she enjoyed flexing her green thumb by watering, arranging and caring for the plants.
Taking center stage in Judy’s sunroom is a lavender orchid—a welcome gift from the community when she moved in.
At Vi at Lakeside Village, all new residents receive an orchid. And if they need help with plant care, there’s no need to worry—Lifestyle Director Michael Thomas is always available to help.
Michael also gives history lessons on plant species and offers cuttings as an opportunity for members to bring a piece of Garden Club home with them and continue building their skills.
The club has been an opportunity to grow new friendships and relationships with fellow residents.
“There’s definitely a bond between the club members,” said Michael, “and it starts conversations.”
As the club gardens together friendships bloom, telling stories, sharing memories, and, of course, offering one another their best gardening tips.
The Garden Club’s contributions to the community stretch beyond the walls of the greenhouse through a partnership with the food and dining program.
For the Garden Club at Lakeside Village, everything comes back to growing—whether it’s growing plants, passions, friendships, or community.
“The Garden Club is sort of a huge family,” added Michael. “And they have this sense of responsibility to the community. They all want to see the community flourish.”
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