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Gardeners teach local elderly how to be fruitful

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Pine Belt Master Gardeners and master gardeners from Knoxville, Tenn, have joined forces to help the elderly grow their own gardens.

Since conventional gardening is a challenge for the handicapped, the two gardening groups installed a handicapped accessible garden at Windham Assisted Living on Tuesday so residents can grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers at ease. The raised gardening devices at Windham were built by students from the Lamar County Vo-Tech.

Cindy Payne, master gardener from Tennessee, felt compelled to find a way for her mother, who resides at Windham Assisted Living in Hattiesburg, to be able to plant flowers.

"We came up with the idea to bring raised bed gardening to Windham because we love to garden," Cindy Payne said.

Payne contacted Tawnya Crockett, Interim County Director at MS State University Extension Service, with the request to have raised bed gardening at Windham.

"It took one email for her (Crockett) to start this up, and I have been amazed that it took one email. It has been phenomenal," Payne said.

Payne says the raised gardening beds at Windham gives residents something to look forward to each day, while improving the quality of life of each resident who participates.

"I think it will add a lot. They have a reason to get up every day and see if a tomato plant blossomed or if their flowers are in bloom," Payne said.

The raised gardens would not be possible without Ken McCoy and his Lamar County Vo-Tech students.

"Master gardeners club furnished the wood and brought it over and my students cut it and put it together for them," McCoy said.

Cynthia Holmes, who is Cindy Payne's mother, says she's excited about her new garden.

"I love it," Holmes said. "In fact, I think all the ladies will love it, too."

To purchase a wheelchair accessible garden for yourself, or for a loved one, call (601) 545-6083. Each raised bed gardening table costs $75.

 

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