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Old 09-20-2016, 02:05 PM   #41
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Grandchildren, my secret weapon against aging. I turned 64 this year, have had to give up some volunteer work but like puttering about in our garden as I feel like it. Couple times a year the work load is heavier and that is where the grandkids come in handy. They are good at clipping and digging which is where I sometimes need assistance. This urban garden is just the right size for now but if it becomes necessary to downsize accommodations our next move will be within walking distance of a nice Forest Preserve meadow or prairie or nature center or trail. Always something to enjoy doing in the outdoors. Even if it is just a nice walk.
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Grandchildren, my secret weapon against aging. I turned 64 this year, have had to give up some volunteer work but like puttering about in our garden as I feel like it. Couple times a year the work load is heavier and that is where the grandkids come in handy. They are good at clipping and digging which is where I sometimes need assistance. This urban garden is just the right size for now but if it becomes necessary to downsize accommodations our next move will be within walking distance of a nice Forest Preserve meadow or prairie or nature center or trail. Always something to enjoy doing in the outdoors. Even if it is just a nice walk.
I love the idea of living near a nature preserve/prairie, so, when one can no longer take care of the property, we could still enjoy our natural areas.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:44 AM   #43
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If we ever leave where we are, I have told the DH that I want to live withing walking distance of major green space. (It's not a wild area, but I do love the Toledo Botanical Gardens.)
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All of this talk makes me realize that it would be a good idea to approach independent living places and nursing homes to encourage them to plant native gardens...or better yet native restorations. That has to be good for the residents.
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All of this talk makes me realize that it would be a good idea to approach independent living places and nursing homes to encourage them to plant native gardens...or better yet native restorations. That has to be good for the residents.
Now there's a service project for student groups!
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:39 PM   #46
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All of this talk makes me realize that it would be a good idea to approach independent living places and nursing homes to encourage them to plant native gardens...or better yet native restorations. That has to be good for the residents.
That's a great idea dap. The over 55 communities in my area are surrounded by chemlawns and have lots of rules about what they are allowed to plant.
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Moved a wholotta asters and scattered butterfly weed-seeds at the camp this week.
I'll-the critters will have a field day next year and beyond....
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Now there's a service project for student groups!
Great idea!
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That's a great idea dap. The over 55 communities in my area are surrounded by chemlawns and have lots of rules about what they are allowed to plant.
Thank you.

I wonder if you (or sombody) could interview the residence...ask them about their favorite trees, wildflowers, butterflies, etc from their youth. See if stirring up these memories has an impact on them. If they express joy or reminisce about them, see how they would feel about having places right outside their windows where they can watch....or stroll through paths filled with native wildflowers.

(I only hope that they were fans of such natural areas...or we will end up with peonies and such.)
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I'll-the critters will have a field day next year and beyond....
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