For all ages

Garden project a hit with young, seniors

Lake Shore Family Center participants Robert Viscusi and Ryleigh Davis take part in the gardening project.

Special to the OBSERVER

It has been said “Time (or thyme!) begins in a garden …” Participants in Lake Shore Family Center’s Intergenerational Program might argue that gardening across the generations makes “time stand still”!

Gardening is just one of the many ways children interact with their “Grandfriends” at Lake Shore Family Center. Music, art, sharing of oral histories, cooking and dancing are among the many ways that Intergenerational Programming benefits both young and old — allowing for unconditional friendships, mutual respect, and avoidance of negative stereotypes to result.

Why is gardening such a natural way for generations to connect? There is a certain wonder and well-being that is gained from nature and the outdoors. There are learning opportunities for all ages… and the rewards are mutually beneficial.

For young children — there is an exploration of science and math skills, as well as life lessons of responsibility, patience, and the beauty of watching a garden bloom to life.

The “grandfriends” benefit as well–through the sharing of life experiences, self-esteem, and unconditional friendships.

Observers of the Gardening project note: “Not everything that grows in a garden is a plant … love, friendship, respect for nature, and respect for all ages can all be seen growing day-by-day throughout this project”.

For more information about programs at Lake Shore Family Center, please contact Sharon Rinehart at 934-2353.

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