Garden springs up from ‘Spring Fling’


The Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg hosted their first Spring Fling on April 29th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and, according to lifestyles and programs manager Marilyn Arsenault, “it was very successful. We’re so pleased.”

“The residents are glad to host,” she continued. “They really do enjoy having people in the home.”

The event, just in time for Mother’s Day shopping, offered plenty of vendors selling anything from traditional craft items and baked goods to such things as books, home decor items, candles and women’s toiletries. 

In addition to traditional shopping opportunities, there was also a silent auction consisting of various donated items, including a few gems from Hartford Resident John Lee.

Arsenault reported that the Hartford was able to raise $450 from the silent auction and “100 per cent of that money is going into the gardening club. It’s 100 per cent for the residents.”

“The whole purpose of the gardening club,” she explained, “is to get them outside and also to give them a chance to grow their own vegetables like they did whey they were at home.”

The money raised will “go toward materials to build a raised gardening bed.” The idea is to make the garden accessible to residents; eliminating the need to bending and kneel.

In addition to the vegetable garden initiative, Arsenault is hoping to have a potting party whereby residents create their own hanging plants for the outdoor sitting areas. 

Part of the gardening club’s ‘agenda’ will involve watering and caring for all plants, including those in the vegetable garden.

As for the Spring Fling, Arsenault applauded the overwhelming support received from the community in the form of vendors, shoppers, and volunteers. 

Luckily for those shoppers who worked up an appetite, shopping was not the only thing on the menu. The Morrisburg and District Lions Club was on hand with their barbecue, drinks and treats. 

And, if a barbecue wasn’t enough, the Basket Case Café and Gift Shop was offering freshly made waffles with a choice of orange or maple syrup. The cost was simple: a donation pledge to the April 30th Big Bike Fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The Hartford also provided door prizes to six lucky winners.

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