SIGHT FOR SENSES: Gympie Horticultural Society president Henry Kross with Cooinda Aged Care Centre manager Robyn Kross.
SIGHT FOR SENSES: Gympie Horticultural Society president Henry Kross with Cooinda Aged Care Centre manager Robyn Kross. Contributed

Sensory garden springs to life

COOINDA Aged Care Centre has celebrated the opening of its new sensory garden.

The garden was opened by Cooinda Aged Care Centre manger Robyn Kross last Wednesday with Cooinda staff, families and sponsors on hand.

Robyn took this opportunity to thank sponsors Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society for donating $400 towards plants by presenting Gympie Horticultural Club president Henry Kross with a certificate of appreciation.

Another major contributor was Kev Thornley from Wallu Nursery. He offered to plant the donated plants from the society for no charge as well as provide and set up an irrigation system. He also purchased and installed two metal arches.

There is also a wooden trellis built by Wallu Nursery workers with the materials provided by Cooinda.

The sensory garden would not have eventuated if this was not for the wonderful support of the sponsors.

Everyone enjoyed spending time interacting with their loved ones while having morning tea in their new surroundings.

A very successful sensory garden involves thinking of the residents' needs and their abilities when drawing up a design.

So having a raised garden is perfect especially those who have restricted mobility, and it is definitely much easier getting access to plants than those at ground level.

Being able to access the sensory garden is very important as residents require pathways that are smooth and low in glare, and having it shaped into a curve is more attractive than straight ones.

Everyone has different interests with some preferring to sit and relax in the shade or sun, and simply enjoy the view.

Residents have already tried the new seating arrangements under the wooden trellis, and they were very happy.

Spending time in a natural environment has numerous health benefits with residents enjoying themselves, and also being stimulated. This is a place to be enticed by seeing, smelling, hearing, touching and tasting.

There are many wonderful and interesting plants with Kev deciding to plant scented geraniums in different colours, lavenders, Tuscan blue (with its aromatic foliage), white satin stephanotis, orange trumpet, Fraser Island creeper, and firecracker honeysuckle.

Give this garden another 12 months and it will look spectacular once plants get established and start taking shape, especially with the climbers growing on the boundary fence, trellis and archways.

Society news

CONGRATULATIONS to our potted plant winners Carol Plate, first with her dianthus, Lesley Notley second with anthurium, and June McClintock third with aglaonema.

Next meeting will be held at Henry and Dell Kross' residence at Wolvi with Polleys leaving Jaycee Way at 1pm on Saturday, November 16.

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