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Memory Garden

comments (3) July 8th, 2010 in gallery
joytocolor joytocolor, member
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Memories of the past make for a great reminder for those with and without Alzheimers. For my father-in-law, who does have dementia, the galvanized tub reminds him of hauling water to his own garden years ago, the wagonwheel is remembered fondly of years past leaning on the same tree, and the burgundy water pitcher was actually a lamp that has always been in his house. A garden isnt always just about flowers, but can also be a walk down memory lane.
And what would memories be without animals? His whole life, Earl, (my father-in-law), fed the birds, deer, and any animal that came around. Now we continue his tradition, and he enjoys hours watching all the wildlife. Maybe the little (and big) critters sometimes eat the flowers, break off stems and yes, even sit in the hanging baskets. But the delight in watching them his worth every transplant there is!
Color. All colors can represent something in everyones life. The red dress on the first big date. Lavender, the color a lttle one wanted her room painted. Yellow/Orange...sunshine, Halloween, happiness. The list goes on and on. Here, we have no fear of clashing colors! 
The American Flag not only hangs proudly in the front of the house, but small flags are throughout the garden to remember those who served and those who are currently at war. Earl was a WWII Marine Veteran so the flags also represent his time of service.
This is the Nautical side of the garden. The old boat oar (remember those fishing days?), shells, homemade stepping stones, hanging wine sleeve with herbs, all add to the garden with a touch of the sea. An upside-down candle holder firmly planted in the ground with a shell placed on top, makes a great place for birds to get a drink on a hot day.
Memories of the past make for a great reminder for those with and without Alzheimers. For my father-in-law, who does have dementia, the galvanized tub reminds him of hauling water to his own garden years ago, the wagonwheel is remembered fondly of years past leaning on the same tree, and the burgundy water pitcher was actually a lamp that has always been in his house. A garden isnt always just about flowers, but can also be a walk down memory lane. Click the image to enlarge.

Memories of the past make for a great reminder for those with and without Alzheimer's. For my father-in-law, who does have dementia, the galvanized tub reminds him of hauling water to his own garden years ago, the wagonwheel is remembered fondly of years past leaning on the same tree, and the burgundy water pitcher was actually a lamp that has always been in his house. A garden isn't always just about flowers, but can also be a walk down memory lane.

Photo: Joyce Bosley

Memories should never be forgotton. That is why I designed and planted the "Memory Garden" for my father-in-law, who has dementia. The items placed within a beautiful setting sparks great conversations and memories that may otherwise be lost forever.



posted in: The Gallery, Garden, dementia, memories, nautical garden, alzheimer's

Comments (3)

Ruth writes: To enlarge a photo (on a pc), right-click, choose "properties", and copy the url into a new browser window. You should see a photo the same size as the one you copied. Then in the url, change what immediately precedes the ".jpg" to _xl.

example:

change
http://www.finegardening.com/assets/uploads/posts/15757/Small_Garden_Sm_Three_copy_lg.jpg
to
http://www.finegardening.com/assets/uploads/posts/15757/Small_Garden_Sm_Three_copy_xl.jpg

It's tedious, but it is a way to see a larger version of an image. Posted: 9:29 am on July 27th
toebells2ring writes: I wish you could enable the photos to be enlarged. I have a 20 inch screen on my monitor but your photo is only 2 1/4 wide X 3 1/2 tall. It's hard to see the details Posted: 1:03 pm on July 26th
purplegrny1 writes: Earl is indeed lucky to have such a loving and creative son and daughter-in-law. Time to work on my own windmill garden! Posted: 7:06 pm on July 19th
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