Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to award resident Donna J. with the Wellness Star for September 2019. Congratulations Donna!
While it’s rare to find an activity that meets more than two dimensions of wellness, Donna has found it in gardening! Gardening covers several dimensions of wellness, including physical, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental and emotional. She spends 30-45 minutes every day, except Sundays, tending to her garden. “It’s a great leg and arm workout, plus it’s relaxing and gives me something positive to anticipate,” said Donna.
Donna received her master gardener certificate 10 years ago. It’s a certificate that requires 50+ hours of training and annual continuing education to maintain it. Usually, continuing education involves providing volunteer hours. Donna acquired several volunteer hours working at Circle B Bar speaking to school aged children. “I enjoy it and it keeps me active,” said Donna.
Donna uses her alone time in the garden to pray. “It’s a peaceful place to think about God,” said Donna. She also feels gardening makes people happy. “I’m a giver and I love sharing plants with other people. A plant brings people together and can help you make a friend.” Donna credits gardening for keeping her brain active by determining which plants to place in her own garden while providing advice to others about plants for their gardens.
When asked what wellness means to her, Donna said, “It’s being able to enjoy life as much as possible and as long as possible. Staying physically fit to do the things I enjoy.”
Donna shared a segment of a poem that ties in with her love of gardening: “There is no unbelief; whoever plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see it push way the clod – he trusts in God.” – By Elizabeth York Case