Gardener Grows Where He Was Planted

For about 25 years, Huey Brewer has been planting a garden at Queen City Nursing Center. Huey plants mostly tomatoes, but also cares for peppers and cucumbers.

Gardening is something he's done since he was a small boy back on his family's farm, and he has no problem sharing his bounty with his fellow residents.

"I don't know, it's just in me," said Brewer. "I was raised on a farm. I pick some up and give it to them, or come get it; that's all they got to do."

With all the plants in his garden, you would think Huey spends a majority of his day outside tending to them.

"I don't spend no time out here hardly at all," Brewer said.

Activities in general are encouraged among the residents.

"Yes, it's important because they're interactive with each other, for stimulation, and they enjoy doing things like that," said Chandra Collier, activities director. "And I just love to see the smiles on their faces."

Gardening is one activity another resident says in which you'll actually see daily results.

"You see changes every day," said Brian Tomlinson. "Something to watch; something to watch grow, something to help you."

Many of the residents have taken up gardening, and the fruits of their labor are all around the courtyard.

"I'm proud to have active residents who enjoy doing the gardening and the planting," Collier said. And like most of the flowers you see around here, most of our residents planted."

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