Meet Dundas Manor’s Garlic Aficionado, Ron Ashby

Seen in image above: Dundas Manor resident Ron Ashby poses in the manor's garden. Courtesy photo

WINCHESTER — As we get ready for the first big snowstorm, Dundas Manor resident Ron Ashby can relax. His work is done. Ron has spent the fall getting ready and now his garlic is planted. We just need to wait for it to grow.

“The Activity Team regularly asks residents about their favourite things and I told them about my

passion for gardening,” explains Ron. “They made a big commitment of time and money, helping helping me create raised beds for garlic, taking me to the garden centre for supplies, and even building a shed to keep the tools and fertilizer.” Other staff also contributed to the project, bringing in leaves and manure to create layers for the garlic beds. About 160 cloves of garlic were planted. Red and white flowers in honour of Canada’s 150th were grown and enjoyed by all the residents. We also cultivated spinach, kale, tomatoes and other vegetables which Ron helped grow.

Ron has been a resident at Dundas Manor for just over a year and says gardening has been a lifesaver for him. “I’m very motivated to see it through and to see the results in the spring. I appreciate the staff for their support in this endeavour.”

“It’s all part of our Dreams Come True program,” says Activity Director Jennifer Hill. “We want to make every day special for our residents by setting person-centred goals for each resident. We were happy to make this dream come true for Ron.”

 

 


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