The captivating sounds of big band music and the enticing smell of freshly popped corn drew a steady stream of visitors (young and old) into the Little Sisters garden during the Sheffield Garden Walk Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st.
Once inside, the sensory experience continued. Guests sipped lemonade while exploring the colors and textures of our beautiful enabling garden – 18 large terra cotta pots brimming with unique mixes of flowering plants, exotic greenery and herbs.
An enabling or raised bed garden makes it possible for Residents to easily interact with the plantings up close. Our deepest thanks to those who made this beautiful garden possible: volunteers Sue and Joe Castro, master gardeners Debi Doolittle and Laurence “Laury” Lewis, Stanford Alumni, Local Option (providing funding for an irrigation system) and Fertile Ltd.
During the weekend event, we welcomed many familiar faces – neighbors and friends of Little Sisters – as well as first-time visitors. It proved to be an excellent opportunity to tell the Little Sisters story and introduce people to our home and our Residents. A number of the guests even expressed an interest in becoming volunteers.
The weather both days was an added plus. Temperatures in the low 80s with gentle breezes allowed Residents to relax in the garden all afternoon, singing and swaying along to familiar jazz and swing era tunes. Once again we were fortunate to have Barry Winograd’s Alternatives Big Band and Little Big Band with singer Angel Spiccia to entertain Residents and set a festive tone. As one man noted when he came through the gate, “It sounds like there’s a party in here.”
While the walk is finished until next year, Little Sisters’ enabling sensory garden will continue to provide a pleasant oasis for Residents, families and guests all summer long.