The Beverly Hills Community Services Department is encouraging people to sign up for new spring workshops including Gardening for Caregivers on Sunday, May 15, and Indoor Gardening on Sunday, May 24. Both workshops, which are intended for adults, begin at 11 a.m. at Greystone Mansion and Gardens, 905 Loma Vista Drive.
Additionally, the city is holding a Junior Master Gardening Workshop for youth ages 7-13 on Sunday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at Greystone Mansion and Gardens. To register for the spring gardening classes, visit beverlyhills.org/bhrec.
“Gardening for Caregivers” is open to all adults looking for an activity that is therapeutic and can be used in service to elderly and disabled individuals, and those with mental health issues.
“Our gardening enrichment classes play such a vital part in our community. For those that attend, including the elderly, these classes not only provide an opportunity for social interaction and connection to nature, but they are a break from our busy schedules and provide an opportunity to reaffirm old gardening skills or perhaps learn new ones,” said Pamela Korst, wellness professional and co-instructor of the class.
The Indoor Gardening Workshop offers instruction on how to grow vegetables indoors, under artificial or natural sunlight, or using an enclosed hydroponic system. The workshop covers plant and container selection, soil, lighting, fertilizers and pesticides.
“All of our adult enrichment classes [are] an exercise of the body and mind, and involve problem-solving to stimulate our thinking and physical activity which helps to improve endurance, flexibility and strength,” said George Pessin, master gardener for the Beverly Hills Community Services Department. “It especially provides seniors and others with sensory stimulation and social interaction. The fact that we also get nutritious, organic, home-grown produce at the end of the day is just the proverbial cherry on the cake.”
For information, call (310)285-6850, or visit beverly-hills.org/bhrec.
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