Creating a Garden of Memories with Mom

If you’re like most of us here in Michigan you’re getting ready to rid that winter coat. Many of us are trading in our winter gloves for a pair of gardening gloves. With Mother’s Day just a week away, there are probably a lot of memorable moments you’ve spent with mom in her garden learning how to plant and care for the flowers and vegetables. But if mom is dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia you may think that all you can do now is enjoy the great memories that you have shared together in the garden. This year for Mother’s Day, you can still spend time with mom back in the garden – by creating a Memory Garden.


With a Memory Garden you are providing a place for your mom to get exercise and plenty of stimuli. Especially if the Alzheimer’s causes agitation, frustration, and tension this will help by giving her an outlet that can provide a comforting peace. When looking at the types of plants and flowers try to select bright vibrant colors, larger shrubs for boundaries, and herbs for sweet aromas. Also, making sure that the plants you select are nonpoisonous and nontoxic. Just going to your local nursery to look at all of the different colors and plants would be a great adventure!

The vibrant colors of the flowers provide great visual stimuli, and when they are walking through their garden and brush pass herbs like mint or lavender they will smell their sweet aromas. The new garden will also attract visitors, and seeing a family of rabbits or any new wildlife visitors will surely be a happy welcome.

As the new garden is being finished, make sure that there is plenty of room for some shade and lawn chairs. This is a great way to make sure that mom won’t get too much sun, and still be able to enjoy her garden. This area for rest will also allow you to keep close to mom while still allowing her independence in her garden.

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