Allendale Community Seniors Get a Jump on Spring Planting
Atrium Garden Club Brings Residents and Senior Social Club Members Together for Horticulture Class
Residents of The Atrium, the supportive independent living senior residence at The Allendale Community for Mature Living, enjoyed warm thoughts of spring despite the cold weather, as they learned how to plant amaryllis bulbs at a horticulture class last month. The class was led by Carol Browne of Greenwich, Conn., daughter of Atrium resident Stella Dukes.
Browne, who is active in her local garden club, also donated the bulbs planted by the participants. Joining them were members of the Atrium’s Senior Social Club, who also enjoyed getting their hands dirty as part of the day’s activities.
“I was honored to share my love of horticulture with the Atrium Garden Club,” said Browne. “There are so many great programs here that speak to such a wide range of hobbies and interests, and my mother loves being involved with many of them,” she noted.
The Garden Club is just one way residents of the luxury senior residence can engage in the activities they’ve always enjoyed, or explore new interests. Area seniors are invited to join The Senior Social Club at The Atrium, which provides them the chance to interact socially with other older adults, enjoy a delicious meal and participate in a variety of activities in a safe, comfortable environment.
“Everyone really enjoyed learning about the amaryllis bulbs and they’ve been watching them bloom into gorgeous flowers in the Atrium’s greenhouse,” said Mary Stampleman, ADC, Director of Therapeutic Recreation & Community Relations. “We’re grateful to Carol for sharing her expertise and gardening passion.”
The Atrium is located on the campus of The Allendale Community for Mature Living at 85 Harreton Road, off Route 17 South, in Allendale, N.J. Anyone interested in more information about upcoming events at The Atrium or about The Senior Social Club, can call (201) 818-7979 or visit www.allendalecommunity.com
Carol Browne (standing), daughter of Atrium resident Stella Dukes (seated, center) taught a horticulture class at The Atrium, where Garden Club members planted amaryllis bulbs. Joining the gardening fun were Atrium residents Dominick Mazzola, far left, and Ida DiPietro, far right.
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Senior Social Club member Flora Balterra of Saddle River (left) shows off her amaryllis plant in full bloom to Social Club Coordinator, Bernadette Hicks.
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Amaryllis bulbs planted by Garden Club members are in colorful bloom in the Atrium greenhouse. The greenhouse is used all year by residents for cultivating herbs and flowers.