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results from the work we put into it. RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE: JEAN’S STORY


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A GROUP OF GREEN THUMBS AT OUR MURRAY MUDGE RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILIT Y ARE GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRT Y WITH A NEW COMMUNITY GARDENING INITIATIVE.


Made possible through a SUEZ community grant, the Murray Mudge Green Thumbs program has been very popular with residents. Activities include potting seedlings, planting succulents, petunias and herbs, and weeding and raking the gardens on site at Murray Mudge. The group also raises money for future Green Thumbs projects by selling seedlings and plants.


For resident Jean Smith, the Green Thumbs program is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air, and enjoy the outdoors.


“I’ve always liked gardening,” says Jean, 89. “When I had my own home, I had a nice garden and a shade house. Since I came here about a year ago, I’ve had the chance to become more involved in the garden.


“It works out quite well – we have a few pot plants that we look after, and we clean up the garden as well. “





It’s good exercise and I love getting out in the fresh air. We’ve got a lovely little area outside.”


Resident Fred Faust adds that he’s not much of a gardener, but really enjoys getting out and raking leaves and helping to clear up the garden.


“When I was at home, before my wife passed away, I used to potter around, and help her in garden,” he says. “But she was the authority on what to plant – I was only the tidy-upperer!


“I enjoy doing a bit of raking and cleaning up the garden. It’s good to get outside, and it gives me something active and interesting to do in my day.”


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