Flowers for Seniors and Shelters

  • Location
    Media, Pennsylvania
  • Status
  • Age Level
    5 to 7 Years
    8 to 10 Years
    11 to 13 Years
  • Project created by Sarah

The Problem

We want to help the environment as well as our community by coming together to grow beneficial plants for our pollinators, with a portion of flowers going to our elder community and local women's shelter each week.

Our Plan

We have chosen to grow individual pollinator gardens throughout our county, mainly in low-income areas, our own homes, and a community garden plot. We plan to harvest flowers that we grow to deliver to our elder community and local women's shelter by working with area nursing homes and senior centers, as well as the women's shelter. Not only will our approach help the environment and our pollinator friends throughout the county, we will also help low-income communities, our elder communities, and the women's shelter through our service project of delivering flowers each week.

Themes Addressed

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    Poverty & Equity

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

Our project went very well - we had a very dry summer, but with many gardens and tenders, we were able to deliver flowers weekly throughout the summer (and will continue into September!). We enjoyed bringing smiles to people's faces through our flowers, as well as watching and learning about the pollinators in our gardens, and sharing information at the community gardens where some of us planted.

Through this project I/we learned:

We learned about caring for plants and the environments, our local pollinators, and how to share our happiness with our community.

What I/we might change:

We would like to plant even more flowers and pollinator gardens next year, and try to increase the number of vases of flowers that we deliver each week. We would like to expand our group to have more young planters/gardeners as well as flower arrangers!

My/our favorite part of this project was:

By working with a nurse at the county nursing home, we were able to hear from the residents how happy they were to be receiving flowers, and being able to give that gift really uplifted our weeks (and theirs). It felt really good for all of us.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Working with someone who was interested in what we were doing made it so much easier for us to accomplish the logistical portion of our goal - delivering to a nursing home during a pandemic would have been very tricky without the help of compassionate nursing staff!

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