Oftentimes, a new resident will tell us that one of the reasons they waited so long to live in a senior community was they were going to miss their garden.
Well, imagine their surprise when we showed them our community garden! We have flower cribs and dedicated space for vegetables. It's only May and we have made three runs to local garden centers!
Yet there's more to gardening than just growing flowers. Gardening can lower levels of cortisol reducing stress and high blood pressure. Gardening also increases serotonin, the chemical that increases feelings of calmness and peace. Moods improve and garden exercise increases mobility while decreasing the risks of heart attack and stroke.
Fresh air and sunshine not only feel heavenly, but they also have physical advantages. Sunlight increases vitamin D levels (important in cloudy Oregon,) while fresh air helps mental acuity by giving you an optimum balance of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Many people sleep deeper after an afternoon outside.
Let's not forget the emotional benefits of gardening, too. Nurturing flowers and vegetables and watching them grow from seed is rewarding because it deepens the human/nature bond and reminds us that every spring, there is a season of rebirth.
At Beaverton Lodge, we value horticulture therapy and work to make sure our senior gardeners can continue their love of growing plants in our community and share the pickings with everyone. Schedule an appointment today and let us show you our gardens.
12900 S.W. Ninth Street
Beaverton, Oregon, 97005