Grand Way Adult Day Center
Vermont Nursing Association’s Grand Way Adult Day Center is a special community that provides social activities, healthy meals, and opportunities to meet new friends in a safe and homelike environment with nursing oversight. Clients receive comprehensive health, socialand therapeutic services that help maintain their current level of activity and promote physical and mental health. Grand Way Memory Care Day Program specializes in caring for persons with memory loss.
Donna Covais, HTR, will provide a tour of Grand Ways’ Horticultural Therapy Program, one of the most popular activities. This is Vermont’s only formal horticultural therapy program. Donna facilitates this program and along with her crew of Master Gardeners helps maintain these gardens. A wide variety of activities using the garden bounty features growing favorite vegetables for clients, making a variety of floral and green products for drying, wreath making and much more.
The Intervale – Tommy Thompson Community Garden
Carolina Lukac, Garden Education Manager and Teaching Garden Instructor, will provide a tour of the Tommy Thompson Community Garden, the largest of the city of Burlington’s community gardens with 3 acres and 150+ individual garden plots. Hundreds of people grow food in this vibrant and diverse space. The garden is also home to the Community Teaching Garden, a 22-week garden education program of the nonprofit Vermont Community Garden Network. Adult students learn how to grow, preserve, and use fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers in a collaborative learning environment. More information is available at http://vcgn.org/what-we-do/community-teaching-garden/
The University of Vermont Medical Center Rooftop Garden
Servicing the Garden Atrium exclusively, the Rooftop Garden is maintained by the hospital’s gardener, Lisa Hoare, and a handful of dedicated volunteers. Growing lots of lettuces, tomatoes, fresh basil and other herbs, zucchini, tomatillos, eggplant and more, the Rooftop Garden supplied over 700 lbs of produce last year! The Rooftop Garden also provides fresh cut flowers for the tables in the café and has started working with a very small patient group to begin introducing some of the healing benefits of being in the garden to their patient community. Enjoyed by visitors, students, hospital employees and even patients, the garden provides a peaceful space to enjoy a healthy meal surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature under cultivation.
University of Vermont Campus Gardens & Raised Beds
Dr. Mark Starrett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Horticulture and Dr. Stephanie Hurley’s lab group will provide a tour of the campus gardens and raised beds. The highlight of the raised beds will include scented plants, annuals and herbaceous perennials. Dr. Starrett will provide an overview of the plan to have a plant identification system include a QR code and braille tags. The garden tour will feature sustainable landscaping, bioswales, the plant identification system and braille tags.
Gardeners Supply Company
Avery Harris, Public Relations and Pure Play Coordinator, will provide a tour. Founded in 1983, Gardeners Supply is an employee owned company selling high quality garden tested and earth friendly products for gardeners. Gardener’s Supply donates 8% of pre-sale profits to support programs and organizations that are using gardening to improve the quality of people’s lives and the health of our environment. In 2014, Gardens Supply became a certified B-corporation, a company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Local donations help support fifty community organizations. Gardener’s Supply is founder and lead sponsor of the Intervale Center. Our visit to the Williston Garden Center and Outlet store will include time for shopping and strolling the display gardens.