“It’s like the garden is telling time:” June Garden Discovery Program

June 07, 2023

It was a gorgeous day at the June Garden Discovery Program! We heard words like "abundant," "sunshine," and "colorful." The group tuned into their surroundings and talked about what they noticed in the garden at that moment. People commented on the big yellow blooms of the yarrow and how it looks good against the blue-violet catmint. One participant noticed the pattern of sunlight cast over the garden bed in the morning. She pointed out how the herb spiral is in full sun and features colorful flowers and thriving, tall herbs; while the rest of the bed is shadier and the plants are a little slower to hit their peak. "It's like the garden is telling time," she said.

Our June project involved mindfulness, appreciation of nature, creativity, and collaboration. We made greeting cards decorated with flowers and leaves that the participants had pressed and dried in the last session. We also used a button press machine to make pins with violas inside - a memento from the garden.

The Garden Discovery Program is a partnership of UW MBWC and Seattle Parks and Recreation, with support from Aegis Living Assisted Living and Memory Care communities. Enrollment for the summer season of the Garden Discovery Program (July, August, September) is now open!