Sweetpeas for Seniors
I am grateful to The Living Center in Stevensville, dating back to when they took wonderful care of my Grandma Marguerite (we called her Calamity) several decades ago, and from my former life as a hospital administrator. So during our growing season, we donate weekly flowers to brighten days for patients, residents and staff.
Working with the flowers is an enjoyable, creative acitvity for the assisted living residents, and a real pick-me-up for the more frail patients in skilled nursing.
The biggest hit by far is sweetpeas. Nostalgic and sweetly scented, sweetpeas bring happy memories of gardens past, and remind these isolated seniors that they are still treasured by this community.
I need help with Sweetpeas for Seniors to keep this going! I sowed seeds and planted out 200 starts, and I will trellis, tend and feed them, but to keep the vines producing, the flowers need picking every two days.
In addition to pickers, we also need deliverers, and donations of clean aluminum cans for "vases."
How You Can Help
Donate clean aluminum soup and vegetable cans, labels removed. Best size is between 10 and 20 ounces.
Sign up for a 2-hour shift picking and bunching sweetpeas. Come just once, or sign up for several shifts, June-August. Bring a friend! Volunteers must be 16 or older. Picking days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Volunteer to shuttle sweetpeas and buckets of donated flowers from Bleeding Heart Flower Farm to The Living Center.