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Gardening keeps seniors, girl scouts busy in New Castle

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Molly Kehoe Special to the Post Independent
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NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” Geri Dean likes to look at geraniums, but she can’t stand the smell of them.

So that is not the flower she chose to put in her window planter box in front of her apartment at the New Castle Senior Housing complex off Castle Valley Boulevard.

The senior residents, the local Girl Scout troop and the newly formed New Castle Garden Club got together on Saturday, June 7, to plant flowers in boxes that now hang on the outside of their front windows.



Molly Kehoe, a Girl Scout mother from New Castle and member of the garden club, coordinated the effort with Michele Higgs, also a garden club member.

“This started because the Girl Scout troop wanted to to get involved with the seniors,” Kehoe said. “The seniors had said they would like to get together and watch old movies, garden and have a relationship with the kids.”



Flower boxes and hangers, plants and soil were all donated and about 47 people attended the planting party. A representative from the Colorado State Extension office came down and gave about a half-hour talk about container gardening.

“He told us how to care for the plants what is good in the sun and in the shade and the type of soil to use,” Dean said. “I was impressed by him.”

The group then divided with two Girl Scouts for each senior.

“I let my kids do the brunt of the planting, but I picked out what flowers I wanted for my box,” Dean said.

Along with the donated materials, the seniors provided snacks for everyone during the two-hour long project.

Dean, who has lived at the Senior Housing complex since it opened three years ago, said she is pleased with the results.

“The planters are attached near the doors,” she said. “It gives (the apartments) some life and even when you drive by, it just looks like home.”

In fact, the seniors have now formed their own garden club.

“We invited them to come to ours, but they said they had their own,” Kehoe said with a laugh.

And it won’t be the last time the seniors and the Scouts get together. A new TV has now been installed in their community center, which they want to share with the girls.

“They said they wanted to watch old movies and eat popcorn with the Girl Scouts, but they didn’t have a TV,” Kehoe said.

A Girl Scout dad, Jason Mitchell, who works as a technician for Design Audio/Video in West Glenwood and his manager, Barry McCorkle, were able to provide a television at cost and Mitchell delivered and installed the TV at no charge.

Dean, who retired in September 2007, now has plenty to keep her and the other residents busy at the New Castle Senior Housing complex.


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