What’s a better way to welcome warmer weather than by getting out and gardening? Gardening is a great way to spend quality time with the great outdoors as well as beautifying your aging loved one’s home. Planting flower or vegetable seeds is a quick and easy way to get your aging loved ones involved and provide them with a sense of accomplishment.

  • Make a comfortable setting. Gardening isn’t always easy on your back, so make sure you create a comfortable setting for you and your aging loved one. If you are unable to kneel on the ground, try potted plants instead.
  • Encourage your aging loved ones. Flowers and vegetables don’t grow over night, so be sure to keep the excitement alive with your new-found garden. Keep seniors engaged by having them visit the garden daily.
  • Enjoy! Once the garden is in full bloom, help your aging loved ones enjoy the flowers and vegetables by sharing with their friends and loved ones. You can also use the vegetables to create a healthy snack for everyone to share!

Spend some time with your mom and dad visiting some of the beautiful gardens in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown is dedicated to the home gardener. If you want to make a day of it, head over to Holmdel Park. Pack a picnic lunch and then stop in at the David C. Shaw Arboretum located right in the park. There you will find many educational and horticultural displays. For some spectacular gardens, take a ride to Rutger's Gardens located in New Brunswick.  You will find the most beautiful botanical gardens-and it's free!

If you and your loved one decide you would like to start a garden together, simply head over to the nearest nursery or garden store in your area.  There are so many to choose from in our area. Try the rock Garden center in Freehold or Colts Neck, Dearborn Market in Middletown, Twin Pond Farm Gardens in Howell or Garden Falls in Jamesburg.  Spend some time deciding if you and your mom or dad wants to plant a flower or vegetable garden. If you go with vegetables choose tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, zucchini or carrots. They all do well in a New Jersey garden. If flowers are more your thing, there is a wide variety that do well here in the Garden State. Daffodils, Blach-eyes Susans, Russian Sage, Veronica, Peonies and Switchgrass would all be wonderful choices.

Of course, what's most important is the time you and your loved one will spend together having fun, being outdoors and getting some exercise. Enjoy your time together no matter what you are doing!

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