A regional gardening book can be a big help for fun and physical senior citizen garden activities

A Region-Specific Gardening Book Can Be a Big Help For A Senior Moving To A New Area

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A regional gardening book can be a big help for fun and physical senior citizen garden activities

Have you been staying busy lately helping a senior parent work through the moving process? That does seem to be a regular responsibility for those of us dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents. Once they are settled and you’ve all breathed a sigh of relief, it’s important to also realize that over the coming months there will probably be minor things that still need to be adjusted. Seasons change, and with the changes come new needs you didn’t realize you were missing.

It’s been seven months for my senior mom and myself and we just realized something we especially needed, that might help you and your moving seniors as well. It’s something minor, yet I wish I’d realized it sooner as it would have been a pleasant way for her to spend the winter. I’m talking about plant and vegetable garden books! Not just any gardening book, though. I’m thinking of the type specific to the region you’ve just moved to.

Having moved three times in the last six years from the Roseville California on the west coast to Virginia Beach Virginia on the east coast to the the Louisville Kentucky area in the mid-south, it’s been amazing to me the difference in how various plants do in each of the areas. On the west coast, I didn’t even try azaleas because my green thumb neighbors struggled so much with them. In Virginia they grew hugely and easily. Roses, on the other hand, grew like weeds – only way prettier – in Roseville California. But in Virginia, they never got past straggly for me.

Of course, for the past several years, as a busy member of the never-aging Baby Boomers Generation caring for elderly parents and helping with grandkids, caregiving requirements have moved me out of the category of an amateur gardener who actually spends time at it to an amateur gardener who just wants to throw a plant in the ground and see what happens. 🙂  And that’s actually pretty do-able, IF you pick plants that do well in that specific region. And THAT’s where a good, region-specific gardening book is quite handy! 

On the west coast, we loved:

Sunset Western Garden Book is my favorite west coast gardening book

On the east coast, it was the:

Southern Living Garden Book is my favorite gardening book for the east coast including Virginia

For Mother’s Day, I just ordered my senior mom some interesting general and vegetable garden books for our newest area. She’s looking forward to enjoying all of them and loves the fact that they are all three lighter books than my giant favorites 🙂 :

This is a great gardening book for Tennessee and Kentucky

This gardening book is great for the Baby Boomers Generation caring for elderly parents as well as their senior parentsOf course, some gardening books are good no matter where you live, like the Lasagna Gardening book and The All New Square Foot Gardening Book . Both of these have been favorites of ours for years.

How about you? Can you recommend an excellent gardening book or two for your specific region, or in general? It would be a great resource for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, our beloved seniors, and, of course, great for using them for some fun gardening activities for grandparents and their grandchildren.



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  1. A Region-Specific Gardening Book Can Be a Big Help For A Senior Moving To A New Area via SandwichINK.com http://tinyurl.com/2eohes5

    • ingrid
    • August 19, 2012

    Thank you for the spot-on advice! We moved from Nevada to Virginia. In Nevada, the Sunset Garden book was my go-to guide and now I needed to know which book was the Eastern equivalent.

  2. You’re very welcome Ingrid! And welcome to the East side of the US 🙂

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