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GARDEN PLOTS: New garden program focuses on cultivating companions among local seniors

Grace Florjancic, coordinator of the Master Gardener program at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Central Point, told me Cultivating Companions is aimed at reducing social isolation, particularly among rural older adults, by bringing them together at local libraries and having them work collaboratively on a variety of plant-based activities that they can replicate at home.

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Grace Florjancic, OSU Master Gardener coordinator, and Kendyl Berkowitz, executive director of Rebuilding Together Rogue Valley, co-developed a new community program that aims to reduce isolation among rural seniors by fostering a love for plants.

Week 1: Introduction and growing plants indoors

Week 2: Propagating plants by cuttings

Week 3: Plant poetry and floral design

Week 4: Growing microgreens and herbs indoors

Week 5: Pressing flowers for art

Week 6: Plant pests and natural pest repellants

Week 7: Drying herbs and tea party

The program will take place at the following libraries, and transportation can be arranged:

Medford Library: 1-3 p.m. Fridays, June 7-July 19