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Gardening: the #1 hobby in the US and enjoyed by more people than almost any other undertaking. The challenge as the population ages is that physical limitations often cause seniors to stop doing their favorite activity. In fact, Eco Garden Systems created our raised bed garden for the exact reason – one of our family members had to give up gardening because she could no longer bend, stoop or crawl around in the garden. Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention and it certainly is true with our Original Garden.
We start with waist height construction (top lip is 39” off the ground – roughly the height of any kitchen countertop). This, combined with our sturdy construction (our Original Garden weighs 1,500 pounds when full – and provides a sturdy leaning post for those who need it) create a perfect platform for senior gardening. At 4’ x 6’ just about everyone can reach into the middle of the garden from any side – a feature that is critical for the people in your care. Surprisingly we see too many institutional gardens built with good intentions but not a well thought out plan on how your residents can work them. We have seen most turned into tree planters – because they were the wrong dimensions to allow folks to easily work the space while standing next to it.
So, there is clearly a need – but how does that need manifest for you (owner, activities director, facility manager, etc.)? Imagine your guests having one garden for every 20 beds – this allows several people to work the garden and provides a visual daily activity for the others. Now imagine the joy your team and guests will feel knowing they can safely work the garden every day of the year – providing hours of self-directed entertainment with wonderful outcomes – beautiful flowers or the freshest food available anywhere.