Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Catching Up in Cooinda's Garden

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Catching Up in Cooinda's Garden

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GYMPIE Municipal Horticultural Society members visited Cooinda Aged Care Centre's beautiful gardens on Saturday, May 21.

In a month when there is never a society meeting, this was definitely a great way to catch up with gardening friends and also witness massive changes since members' last visit in October 2013.

On arrival, members were encouraged to give a gold coin donation and also purchased raffle tickets - these funds were then given to Cooinda to help them maintain their gardens for residents' enjoyment.

While enjoying delicious nibbles, sandwiches, slices and cakes (brought along by members) and a warm cup of tea/coffee (kindly donated by Cooinda) everyone loved sitting in the warm courtyard. The sun kept us all warm, and Michelangelo -a sculpture - was looking over us making sure we were on our best behaviour.

Cooinda CEO Robyn Kross guided members through the gardens - they have done a wonderful job creating a place where residents can escape and simply relax in the calming and peaceful garden settings, and also evoking memories about their past when they see 'old fashion plants' such as hibiscus, wisterias, gerberas, citrus tree, herbs and mock orange.

Looking for old fashioned flowers like your grandmother used to grow?

Try these lovely old standards - foxglove, bachelor's button, bellflower, bleeding heart, columbine, dianthus, english primrose, hollyhock, peony, sweet pea and lots more.

When considering visual stimulation what does everyone immediately think of? Plants.

Surprisingly colour does not pertain to plants, it can be things like adding bricks, gravel or stone to the garden. Colourful butterflies and birds are attracted to the nectar and colours of plants.

Angela Johnson, the gardener for Cooinda, says, "Residents like hearing the sound of the water feature - they want it louder and louder. …

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