Chippewa Garden Club, Inc.
February, 2021 Noreen Butano, Publicity Chairperson
Chippewa Garden Club’s Provides Bird Houses & Supplies
The CGC’s Garden Therapy team led by Lynne Evans continues to provide better living through garden related bird watching for the residents of the Oaks of Brecksville. In 2020 the Oaks began a renovation of their outdoor area to facilitate a serene, natural environment for their residents. As group projects have been closed down for seniors due to Coronavirus pandemic, the Garden Therapy team members decided for 2021 to adapt from horticulturally based craft projects to offering design recommendations and supplies for the renovated area. The team’s focus is to augment the stress and anxiety reduction experience for the residents by creating a green, floral and natural environment.
A plan of action was formulated with the help of the Oak’s Activity Director Marie Day. Ms. Day is also a CGC member and happily collaborated in formulating a sequence of projects that will culminate in the desired natural sanctuary for the senior residents. Step one was to purchase large pots while Fall sales were ongoing. The most beneficial size and material for the pots was researched. Resin 14-16” pots were recommended and will be ready for planting in the 2021 Spring. The next course of action involved bringing wild life, particularly birds, into the area outside for the residents to view through their room windows throughout Winter. Research followed on feeder styles and food types to draw songbirds and colorful birds into the area. A hopper feeder, thistle feeder and vertical feeder, along with thistle, a no- mess seed mix, insect suet and fruit and berry suet were bought and put into place at the Oaks of Brecksville this past December 20. Garden Therapy team member Bobbi Anderson has also contacted a wildlife group to procure bird watching books for the residents to identify common birds in this area.
Plans for Spring include the team filling the pots for the area with flowers as thrillers, fillers and spillers. Boxwood, geraniums and licorice plants are being considered as potential design plants. A centrally located bird bath is also planned for the area. The team is accepting donations to assist in their efforts to accessorize the garden area. Contact Lynne Evans at 440-668-6128 for more information.
For more information on Chippewa Garden Club, visit www.chippewagardenclub.com The club is an affiliate member of the Garden Club of Ohio-Cleveland District and the National Garden Club, Inc.-Central Atlantic Region.