“One Year Less Than Stone”
The Home had an extensive vegetable garden since its founding. But, not long ago, our gardener (who also does activities with the residents) reported that it had become apparent that we were down to only about three residents who could safely walk in the garden without risking a fall. We had to do something.
We now have a garden with safe and even paths that are smooth and wide enough for walkers and wheelchairs. We have raised beds so that residents can help plant, weed, browse the produce, and enjoy the garden without having to stoop down to ground level. And we have a lovely garden bench for residents and their visitors to sit and enjoy the garden together.
The raised beds are planted each spring with things that residents can simply pick and eat: cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, green beans, salad greens, and fresh herbs.
We are always interested in buying local, so as we were lining up materials for the garden, we had Hugh Davis up in Putney cut and mill Locust to make the raised beds. Locust is the favored wood for fence posts and other uses where longevity is important.
When Hugh delivered the wood, Chris, our Maintenance Director, asked him, “How long is this wood going to last?”
And Hugh answered, “One year less than stone!”
That’s one of the values here at Holton Home: we build for 100 years. We’ve been here for more than a hundred years, and we want to be here a hundred years from now.