Quincy MA (PRWEB) June 30, 2014
Summer is the season to enjoy all things home grown! At Allerton House Assisted Living communities from Quincy to Duxbury, residents can plant vegetables, herbs and flowers of all kinds and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Researchers continue to explore the potential health benefits from some herbal scents, such as lavender, known for its soothing properties. Home-grown vegetables and freshly picked strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are high in vitamins and antioxidants and make excellent choices for the garden. So do herbs, such as basil, rosemary and thyme. Experts advise that food is higher in essential nutrients when it is harvested quickly – leaving little lost time from the garden to the table.
At Allerton House at Hancock Park in Quincy the residents and staff enthusiastically embrace the idea of sowing seeds. The assisted living community’s Garden Club recently kicked off the growing season with about a dozen residents in attendance. Members of the club meet weekly, planting and tending flowers and vegetables in the garden’s dedicated space on the community’s outdoor patio. Kelly Richards, marketing director for the Quincy Allerton House says, “The club is a great experience for residents. They share the vegetables with the community’s Cooking Club; get the added benefits of being outdoors and exercising; and get to know other residents who share their passion for gardening.”
Further south on the coastline of Massachusetts, The Village at Duxbury, which features independent living, Garden Homes and assisted living, the herb garden is used in meal preparation by the executive chef. Additionally, residents can plant flowers and many tend to a host of plants in the Village Greenhouse.
In Hingham, a stroll to the back of Allerton House at Harbor Park leads to four raised flower beds in which the community’s garden enthusiasts grow vegetables, herbs and perennials. The Hingham Allerton House Garden Club includes assisted living and assisted living memory care residents, some tending the community gardens, others tending their own. “Some of our residents expressed interest in having their own plants, so we’re adding even more beds,” says Carol Taylor, marketing director, Allerton House at Harbor Park. Club members are happy to share the fruits of their labor with the community’s chef, who incorporates the freshly grown herbs into his seasonal dishes.
In Weymouth staff at Allerton House at Central Park who are tending an herb garden encourage residents to join in. The gracious dining experience is enhanced by the use of fresh herbs in meal preparation. And in Marshfield at Allerton House at Proprietors Green, residents and staff enjoy the raised-bed flower garden.
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