Residents at Walberton Place Care Home in Walberton near Arundel were delighted to receive a generous donation of bedding plants for their garden from Toddington Nurseries in Barnham. Part of The Farplants group, a co-operative of four West Sussex growers, Toddington Nurseries specialises in evergreen shrubs, Cyclamen, Osteospermums, Annual Packs and Foxgloves.
“We are very pleased with our beautiful new flowers;” said Home Manager Luis Maia. “We hold regular resident’s meetings to discuss any improvements people would like to see in the home. People told us that they’d like to see some colour in the garden with more flowering plants. We were delighted when Toddington Nurseries stepped in, not just to provide flowers for this year, but they’ve offered to donate plants every year.”
“The residents are delighted with the very generous delivery of plants,” said Customer Relations Manager Cheryl Tyson. “They can’t wait to start potting them up as part of our gardening activities for Country Court in Bloom. It will be wonderful to see our borders looking bright and colourful. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Andrew Desmond and the team at Toddington Nurseries, it’s put a lot of smiles on faces this week.”
Country Court in Bloom is an annual competition between care homes in the Country Court group designed to bring people together and get them involved in a shared project. Gardening together has been a great way for staff and residents to engage in joint activity and to find a common interest. The physical benefits of gardening include practising dexterity skills and light exercise through weeding, potting, planting, sweeping and digging. For residents living with dementia, gardening can bring a sense of calm. It’s also an opportunity to get involved in meaningful interactions with others, whether it’s staff or other residents.