For some, Legacy Founders Cottage in Dallas, Texas, will be their last stop before they leave this world. The cottage serves as a home and a hospice for people with advanced AIDS, and as such, aims to foster a healing, comforting atmosphere for patients and their visiting families.
But recently, the cottage’s executive director, Melissa Grove, realized her clients deserved better.
Residents of the home spend a lot of time relaxing in the courtyard, which Melissa admits needed some work. “They go outside and sit to process what is happening to them,” she explained.
Melissa wanted them to be surrounded by only beauty and tranquility, not clutter. So she decided to reach out to the Cliff Gardeners Facebook group for help.
Forum administrator Van Johnson was all too happy to help. He put out a call on Facebook, asking group members to show up with gardening tools, décor, and plants to help give the courtyard and the porch’s window boxes a much-needed makeover.
And boy, did his fellow gardeners come through. After two weeks of planning, more than 40 members came on a Sunday and went far above and beyond Melissa’s expectations. While one of the cottage’s employees initially gave them $150 in Home Depot gift cards, neighbors donated an additional $210 and even brought plants from their own gardens.
Members Carrie Perkins and Simon Perkins installed a swinging door on a fence. Others had truckloads of soil and mulch delivered. Casey Carter and Julie Shipp, both talented artists, painted gorgeous murals of trees on the garage wall and fence running along the wheelchair ramp. By the end of the day, the home was no longer just a hospice. It had transformed into an oasis.
Melissa couldn’t be happier (or more surprised) with the result. “I just hoped they would do a work day and just come and pull up weeds,” she said. She never expected the incredible masterpiece before her.
Thanks to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and generosity, all residents have to do is step out onto the patio to enjoy some beauty and brighten their days when they need it the most. Such a gift is priceless — and so kind.
Check out all the improvements they made in the clip below, and share to give these sweet people well-deserved credit for their hard work!
There is a new magical place is Oak Cliff!! The courtyard at Legacy Founders Cottage (hospice) got a makeover today by Oak Cliff Gardeners and two very talented artists. They painted the side of the building and that 52 ft long fence both in the same day. Each piece is stunning and themselves but with them facing each other it really reinforces the effect. Also one is high and one is long and low. They made sure that the artwork on the wheelchair ramp was low enough so that it would be at eye level for someone in a wheelchair.Also many hardworking and talented gardeners and people who donated plants and people who donated labor and people who donated money and people who donated sculptures and other garden decor for the project.The two gorgeous large murals were completed in one day (!) by my good friend Casey L. Carter and his good friend Julie Ann Shipp.
Posted by Van Johnson on Sunday, May 26, 2019
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