Facility Gardens Grace 2014 Calendar

By Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Nursing and Transitional Care – Pacific Coast in Salinas, California has created their annual Activity Garden Calendar for 2014. The Activity Department developed four patio gardens which they plant and maintain throughout the year with the residents. The gardens have greatly enhanced the atmosphere for residents, family, and staff. Activity Director, Mercy Rosario and Activity Assistant, Valerie Henderson both have strong backgrounds in horticulture. With the help of the other activity staff they have created artistically arranged plantings of ornamentals, flowering shrubs and vines, fruit trees, seasonal vegetables, and succulents.

The fruits and vegetables grown are harvested and used as ingredients for cooking activities or as snacks. Some of the dishes made with the homegrown items include bruschetta, pesto pasta, and Greek salad. When the weather is pleasant, the patios are also used to host outdoor activities such as guest musical performances, family barbeques, gardening and harvesting activities and socializing.

The Activity Director takes photos throughout the year of the vegetables grown, gorgeous flowers and visiting families. These are combined and captioned to create the calendar which is available to the families, residents and staff.

Kindred Nursing and Transitional Care – Pacific Coast
Harvested fruits and vegetables from Kindred Nursing and Transitional Care – Pacific Coast's garden.
Flowers at the Hawaiian gazebo at Kindred Nursing and Transitional Care – Pacific Coast.
Kindred Nursing and Transitional Care – Pacific Coast's 2014 Activity Gardens calendar.