Residents of The Stayton at Museum Way celebrated Earth Day on April 22 with a gardening event in front of their retirement community. The volunteer-driven service project was led by 82-year-old Joseph McCreary, a resident of The Stayton at Museum Way and a Master Gardener. McCreary became a Master Gardener five years ago through the Tarrant County’s AgriLife Extension office, and spends his time planting gardens in the local community as well as helping others with horticulture-related tips and information. McCreary is a retired Forth Worth dentist.
Residents planted a variety of mostly evergreens, including nandina, holly fern, autumn fern, mambo grass and sweet potato vines in front of The Stayton. A large portion of the residents cared for gardens at their previous homes, and take great pride in beautifying their home at The Stayton.
“During the drought, we lost a lot of landscape plants here in Fort Worth,” said McCreary. “This service projects gives us the opportunity to enhance the environment by adding these wonderful plants, as well as get our daily exercise while working with our hands.”
The resident-driven project is an extension of The Stayton’s Masterpiece Living® philosophy, which promotes successful aging by providing residents and invited guests opportunities to enhance their spiritual, intellectual, social and physical wellness.