Volunteers Make Planting Days a Huge Success!

Beautiful outdoor spaces for a better quality of life.

It is well known that access to gardens, plant life, and nature can support the mental health and physical well-being of all individuals. Well-maintained grounds also serve as spaces for people to mingle and gather, which can lead to a reduction of loneliness and social isolation. Ensuring residents and tenants continue to have access to restorative outdoor spaces is a priority for GEF Seniors Housing and why Planting Days is so vital to our organization!

Corporate Donors show up big for Planting Days.

This Spring GEF provided the opportunity for Corporate Donors, groups, and individuals to support Planting Days and Adopt-a-Garden events at many of our senior living communities. 

It was a great opportunity for residents, their families and friends, our staff, volunteers, and our partners in the community to come together for one day to beautify the communal spaces around several properties. 

Plants were provided by our friends at The Big Greenhouse at a significant discount, and many of our corporate donors not only volunteered for the day but also covered the cost of the plants for a site as a donation. Our heartfelt thanks for this generosity!

Front Yards In Bloom nomination!

One exciting outcome from Planting Days was our own Montgomery Place being nominated for a Front Yards in Bloom Award! The volunteer involvement from Telus and Telecon was spectacular with nearly 30 volunteers eager to work alongside staff and tenants at Montgomery. All of the digging, weeding, and planting from the team at Montgomery Place produced serene and rejuvenating spaces for residents to gather with each other and their families and friends. We need your vote for our nomination! Please vote for Montgomery Place’s front yard by visiting the City of Edmonton’s Front Yards in Bloom page. Voting takes place between August 14 – 18, 2023. 

We also want to extend a special thanks to Telecom for recently donating a new hedge trimmer to the Montgomery Place site simply because they heard from the tenants that one was needed! This donation does more than keep our grounds tidy –  it further proves the sense of connection and community between our residents and our corporate partners. 

Help is needed for the whole summer season.

In addition to a one-time Planting Day, there are also opportunities for continued participation by assisting in the maintenance (weeding, watering, trimming, etc.) of the spaces throughout the season or for the end-of-fall garden clean up. Participating in maintaining green spaces is a great opportunity to connect, give back, and assist us in our mission to positively influence seniors’ quality of life. If your organization is interested in helping out, please contact us

Thank you to the following corporate donors for their contributions to Planting Days!

Tru North Restoration
Source Office Furnishings
The Big Greenhouse

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