A State-of-the-Art Garden Opens at Malton Village
BRAMPTON, ON. (June 29, 2009) – The Adult Day Service (ADS) clients at Malton Village Long Term Care Centre have discovered that the grass is not always greener. In fact, in their new garden, there is no grass at all, but the garden is definitely green.
The newly designed outdoor space is powered by solar panels and has a drip irrigation system to reduce water demands. The lower-level planting beds installed around the perimeter and 45 native plants are sure to make the garden a popular spot and keep the ADS participants busy during the summer months. Besides gardening, the new area is an excellent spot to feed and watch birds, take a walk or relax with family and friends.
“Ideas for the garden came from staff, ADS participants and our residents,” said Jeanie Papaconstantinou, ADS Supervisor. “We wanted this outdoor area to promote accessibility and empowerment and offer opportunities for meaningful and stimulating activities in a safe and secure space.”
The sidewalk style paving reduces trip hazards and makes the garden accessible for everyone including those in wheelchairs. An awning extended from the wall provides a shelter from the sun and the honey suckle vines serve as additional shading.
“This state-of-the-art garden will allow Adult Day Service clients to stay active outdoors in a safe, fully accessible and comfortable environment,” said Regional Councillor Eve Adams. “It is simply beautiful. I want to thank all staff and partners for their commitment to making this garden self-sustainable and for preserving and reusing many of our natural resources.”
“Building a self-sustainable and environmentally friendly garden was very important to us,” says Ben Sutton, Facility Services Supervisor at Malton Village. “We have installed a drip irrigation system to reduce demands on water requirements for the plants. The water pump is operated from the solar panel system located on the roof and uses a recirculation system within the planting area.”
The garden was a joint effort of numerous community partners, volunteers and local businesses who contributed their time and resources to plan, design and built it.
The ADS at Malton Village offers a supervised setting where older adults can meet and participate in a variety of social, recreational and therapeutic activities. It allows families and caregivers to run errands or take a break knowing that their loved ones are in a safe and secure environment attended to by well-trained and dedicated staff.