In an effort to be more sustainable and provide an enjoyable, productive activity for residents, our Elizabeth Gardens residential aged care home in Burwood has planted, nurtured and raised three vegetable gardens.

The gardens were planted and are watered by two residents, John and Laurie. The pair have grown a wide variety of vegetables including tomatoes, beans, capsicums, celery, silver beet, corn, herbs, chillies and eggplants. They discuss with their family, friends and staff what to plant, and then purchase the seedlings with help from staff. Lifestyle Co-ordinator, Robyn Driver says “how gratifying it is to see residents, family members and
staff walk through the gardens with plenty of interest. They all reminisce and share recipes, discussing the different types of vegies and if they are ripe and ready to pick.”
Resident John describes his work in the garden as ‘relaxing’. John’s co-worker Laurie has always been involved in growing plants – from tropical to indoor – and has set up various school gardens. Despite being an amputee and wheelchair bound, he unfailingly continues to garden and water the plants every day. Vinni, Lifestyle Assistant at Elizabeth Gardens, has worked alongside John and Laurie and has cooked a variety of delicious dishes for them to enjoy. The benefits of the veggie patch and the cooking classes are countless. This simple activity provides infinite amounts of joy, pride and sensory stimulation for the residents at Elizabeth Gardens, and some delicious fresh produce!