“This is heaven,” said one Hogarth Riverview Manor resident about a newly redeveloped therapeutic garden at the long-term care home on Wednesday.
Hogarth Riverview Manor residents, staff and family members, along with a crew of Lowe’s employees, celebrated in the courtyard garden that features raised beds with a wide variety of plants.
“The garden is a microcosm of nature,” said Lynda Lahteenmaa, master garden and horticultural therapy facilitator at Hogarth Riverview Manor.
“It helps them,” she said, talking about the impact of gardens on people living with dementia. “It is full of sensory opportunities.”
Language disappears but memory stays, explained Lahteenmaa, adding that the new gardens contain varieties of flowers that were popular when the residents were younger.
“One client will remember her garden when looking at a plant and that is what we call remembrance therapy,” said Lahteenmaa. The fragrant scent of the plants is also an important factor in the garden.
Employees from Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Thunder Bay helped make the garden possible.