Program Details
June - Summer Gardening Club

Calling all green thumbs! Start a Gardening Club for your reaidents where they can cultivate friendships while they cultivate plants. They'll have the opportunity to get their hands dirty, learn about gardening, and enjoy the beauty of nature from their community.


Provide residents with a meaningful and enjoyable activity that promotes socialization, physical activity, and a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, the club aims to beautify the retirement home's grounds and create a welcoming outdoor space for residents to relax and enjoy.

  1. Choose a suitable location for the garden within your community's grounds. Ensure it receives adequate sunlight and is easily accessible for residents.
  2. Determine what types of plants you'd like to grow based on residents' preferences and the climate of your region. Consider a mix of flowers, herbs, and vegetables for variety.
  3. Invite residents to join the Gardening Club and schedule regular meetings or workdays for planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting.
  4. Provide residents with necessary tools and equipment such as gardening gloves, trowels, watering cans, and pots or raised beds for planting.
  5. Encourage residents to share their gardening tips, experiences, and stories with each other during club meetings.
  6. Throughout the summer, organize special events or workshops related to gardening, such as guest speakers, plant swaps, or garden-themed crafts.

Staffing Requirements

1 staff member to coordinate and oversee the Gardening Club activities

Depending on the size of the group and the tasks involved, additional staff may be needed to assist with planting, watering, and maintaining the garden.

  1. Gardening tools (gloves, trowels, watering cans, etc.)
  2. Seeds or seedlings for planting
  3. Potting soil or compost
  4. Plant containers or raised beds
  5. Sunscreen, hats, and other sun protection
  6. Seating for residents during club meetings or workdays
  7. Gardening 101 tips

Risks may include physical strain for some residents during activities like lifting or bending, as well as potential exposure to sunlight and outdoor elements. Ensure that the garden area is accessible and that residents are provided with adequate shade, hydration, and rest breaks as needed.

Expected Outcomes

With this plan in place, your Gardening Club is sure to bloom and thrive throughout the summer, bringing joy and a sense of purpose to your residents.

Program Type
Level of Care
Assisted Living
Independent Living
Memory Care
Dimension of Wellness
Gardening, Farming, Plants, Outdoor activities