Garden gives a wide variety of opportunities for seniors
By JIm Wallace

Taking a pause in their gardening are, from left: Shirley Hunnicutt, Gladys Thaxton, Ernestine Thely, Alice Belvin and Sarah Forth.
A garden gives residents of a Thomson housing facility a chance to show their green thumbs and share.
Close to a dozen senior citizens at Monterey Pass Apartments tend a garden at the Cobbham Road complex.
“It gives us something to do, to eat and to share,” said Gladys Thaxton, as she and others talked about the nearly half acre plot.
There are okra, squash, tomatoes, peas, green beans and cucumbers among the yield. One tenant even grows grass to feed her cat.
Alice Belvin said with a laugh that the group will grow anything that is “legal and feasible, so we do have standards.”
The company has provided the garden for nearly 10 years, as long as the complex has been in existence.
A maintenance man is kind enough to plow the garden for spring and winter planting.
In the fall, the garden produces cabbage and turnips.
“We all are proud to work in it,” said Ernestine Thely.
“It feels good to watch something grow and know that you had a part in it.”
The growers have been involved a variety of times.
“I had lived here a year, and was excited to be a part of the gardening effort” said Shirley Hunnicutt.
“I learn so much from the others and that helps me do better. We are all a family.”
The ladies, some who have been in garden clubs, enjoy being outside, well, maybe except for the extreme heat.
“We pick our times and stay out of the hottest part of the day,” said Ernestine Thely.
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