Hamilton Mountain seniors building gardens honoured

News Oct 06, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Tucked away barely 100 metres from a busy east Mountain intersection, gardeners toil away in a little piece of paradise.

For many months of the year, the residents of the Swansea Apartments are busy in more than three dozen raised beds behind their building.

The community garden was started four years ago by Shirley Kitchener, a resident of the seniors building at 801 Upper Gage.

“We started with three 4x4-foot gardens and it grew from there,” says the garden co-ordinator.

This year, 22 people have been toiling away in 37 beds. Most of them are 4x8 feet in size, but there are also five tables with 2.5x8-foot growing areas for people with mobility issues.

Many residents tend to their own gardens, but there are some beds from which anyone can pick whatever herbs, fruits or vegetables they need.

“Even people who don’t garden like to come down and sit and look,” says Kitchener.

The unique setup impressed the judges from TERRA Greenhouses. Last month, the garden earned Kitchener a Purple Pepper award and $500 for Best Edible Garden from the local garden store.

Their average age is over 70. One regular gardener is 90.

Kitchener says she’s not in it for awards, but rather to see everyone get involved, have some fresh produce and get some exercise.

She also uses the goodies from the garden to put on two lunches a week for residents in the common room.

“It’s a treat for the people who live here,” says Kitchener.

Resident Heather Abbott said the garden “really brings people together.”

It helps people mentally and physically, she said, by allowing people to get out of their apartments and stay active.

Abbott said she particularly likes the shared herb garden.

Taking second place in the edible garden category of TERRA’s awards was Gilberta Oliveira of Stoney Creek, while Mountain resident Bruce Miller took third place.

The winners for Best Edible Garden by a Child or Children was Chase Watson of Hamilton Mountain, followed by second-place Barb Martin (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Child Care Centre) of Carlisle and Sheilah Hogan of Binbrook.

Hamilton Mountain seniors building gardens honoured

News Oct 06, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Tucked away barely 100 metres from a busy east Mountain intersection, gardeners toil away in a little piece of paradise.

For many months of the year, the residents of the Swansea Apartments are busy in more than three dozen raised beds behind their building.

The community garden was started four years ago by Shirley Kitchener, a resident of the seniors building at 801 Upper Gage.

“We started with three 4x4-foot gardens and it grew from there,” says the garden co-ordinator.

This year, 22 people have been toiling away in 37 beds. Most of them are 4x8 feet in size, but there are also five tables with 2.5x8-foot growing areas for people with mobility issues.

Many residents tend to their own gardens, but there are some beds from which anyone can pick whatever herbs, fruits or vegetables they need.

“Even people who don’t garden like to come down and sit and look,” says Kitchener.

The unique setup impressed the judges from TERRA Greenhouses. Last month, the garden earned Kitchener a Purple Pepper award and $500 for Best Edible Garden from the local garden store.

Their average age is over 70. One regular gardener is 90.

Kitchener says she’s not in it for awards, but rather to see everyone get involved, have some fresh produce and get some exercise.

She also uses the goodies from the garden to put on two lunches a week for residents in the common room.

“It’s a treat for the people who live here,” says Kitchener.

Resident Heather Abbott said the garden “really brings people together.”

It helps people mentally and physically, she said, by allowing people to get out of their apartments and stay active.

Abbott said she particularly likes the shared herb garden.

Taking second place in the edible garden category of TERRA’s awards was Gilberta Oliveira of Stoney Creek, while Mountain resident Bruce Miller took third place.

The winners for Best Edible Garden by a Child or Children was Chase Watson of Hamilton Mountain, followed by second-place Barb Martin (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Child Care Centre) of Carlisle and Sheilah Hogan of Binbrook.

Hamilton Mountain seniors building gardens honoured

News Oct 06, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Tucked away barely 100 metres from a busy east Mountain intersection, gardeners toil away in a little piece of paradise.

For many months of the year, the residents of the Swansea Apartments are busy in more than three dozen raised beds behind their building.

The community garden was started four years ago by Shirley Kitchener, a resident of the seniors building at 801 Upper Gage.

“We started with three 4x4-foot gardens and it grew from there,” says the garden co-ordinator.

This year, 22 people have been toiling away in 37 beds. Most of them are 4x8 feet in size, but there are also five tables with 2.5x8-foot growing areas for people with mobility issues.

Many residents tend to their own gardens, but there are some beds from which anyone can pick whatever herbs, fruits or vegetables they need.

“Even people who don’t garden like to come down and sit and look,” says Kitchener.

The unique setup impressed the judges from TERRA Greenhouses. Last month, the garden earned Kitchener a Purple Pepper award and $500 for Best Edible Garden from the local garden store.

Their average age is over 70. One regular gardener is 90.

Kitchener says she’s not in it for awards, but rather to see everyone get involved, have some fresh produce and get some exercise.

She also uses the goodies from the garden to put on two lunches a week for residents in the common room.

“It’s a treat for the people who live here,” says Kitchener.

Resident Heather Abbott said the garden “really brings people together.”

It helps people mentally and physically, she said, by allowing people to get out of their apartments and stay active.

Abbott said she particularly likes the shared herb garden.

Taking second place in the edible garden category of TERRA’s awards was Gilberta Oliveira of Stoney Creek, while Mountain resident Bruce Miller took third place.

The winners for Best Edible Garden by a Child or Children was Chase Watson of Hamilton Mountain, followed by second-place Barb Martin (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Child Care Centre) of Carlisle and Sheilah Hogan of Binbrook.