lWe’re digging our new gardens! r

Residents at our care homes went head to head to create the ultimate garden experience for residents in our gardening competition ‘Flower Power 2’, which returned for a second year.

Supported by family members, staff and some fantastic local businesses, residents from our five care homes – Ty Nant, Cwrt Enfys, Morgana Court, The Hollies and Mill View – were tasked with creating a vibrant outdoor space for the residents to enjoy.

We were overwhelmed by the support we received locally and we’d like to thank everyone for donating plants, equipment, accessories and, of course, their time to make our gardens sparkle!

We invited keen gardener Alison Mainwairing to judge the beautiful gardens and choose an overall winner.

“It was a glorious day for judging the gardens,” she said. “I was really impressed with the amount of effort and detail that went into the garden makeovers and how involved the residents were. It was a hard decision to choose the winners as each garden was unique and beautiful. The most important thing was seeing how the residents enjoyed being in the gardens and how proud they were of their own work.”

lThe results…r

The overall winner of Flower Power 2 is… The Hollies!

Alison said: “As soon as you entered the home, the garden was so welcoming. There were beautiful colourful plants along the side of the home and the welcome sign on the wall was bright and gave a sense of the type of home it would be. I was impressed by the amount of ground work they did especially with renovating their fountain, which is a lovely feature at the front of the home.”

“I loved the residents’ hand prints on pebbles which was a personal touch. They had upcycled tiles and bricks for the well and the bird feeders were a great idea. As well as looking great, I liked the practicality of the wall hangings, where the baskets were purposely placed at waist level so residents in wheelchairs could easily maintain them.”

“Well done to Kirsty, Joan and the team for an incredible effort!”

The overall runner up is… Cwrt Enfys

“I loved the variety of flowers and colour that shone out. The fairy garden theme was lovely and they had some really interesting ornaments to go with the theme.  We loved the new gazebo area with lovely view of the flowers The tyre section was a very practical area and the wood chipping helped to make it an easy area to maintain which didn’t need as much water.”

“I also thought the kids’ corner was a great use of space and a brilliant way to entertain children when they came to visit their relatives at the home!”

Innovative garden award goes to…. Ty Nant

“The origami in the trees was a lovely feature which brightened up the area. This must have taken a lot of time to make and I thought it was very creative. The hanging jars were beautifully painted and added a fun feature to the fence which again brightened up the space. The water feature stand was lovely and the origami turtles made us smile!”

“The vegetable patch was a lovely and practical idea and in a good location so I look forward to seeing what is it produces.”

Best use of space and most colourful entrance award goes to… Mill View

“As you entered the car park, there was a beautiful burst of colour. There were so many flowers and a great variety. The residents had really made good use of the space and made sure that the flowers were placed cleverly around the tree and the building.”

“It was good to see that they embraced their theme of ‘From Rhondda Grey to Colour in the Valleys’ as there was so much colour. This really made me smile.”