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Garden group hosts 'Assisted Living Day'

munity Gardens of Henry County expects some 80 senior citizens to take part in its Sixth Annual Assisted Living Day event on Thursday.

The event, which begins at 10 a.m., will provide invited seniors with a lunch, and a tour of Heritage Village Community Gardens at Heritage Park in McDonough.

Organizers said the festivities also will include entertainment for the seniors, who are residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

"It's our way of giving back," said Glenda Garris, executive director of Community Gardens of Henry County.

The garden activity at Heritage Park, located at 101 Lake Dow Road, has special significance, according to Garris, who also founded the garden organization in 2003. Heritage Park is the site of Henry County's first of six community gardens.

"We invite the local nursing homes to bring their seniors by, and I think they really like it," Garris said. "And they seem to look forward to it every year."

Heritage Village Community Gardens targets senior citizens who aid in the maintenance of the community vegetable garden.

"We have had so much support from the community," Garris added. "The event makes that connection for the seniors."

Garris said the organization is also planning to host a composting class, from 10 a.m., until noon, Saturday, at Windy Hill Community Garden, located at 86 Workcamp Road in McDonough.

Jim Spotts, known as the "composting king," will provide both classroom instruction and hands-on experience to teach the best ways to make compost for use in the garden.

Cost for the composting class is $20 per person, or $30 for a family. To learn more, or to register for the class, visit the organization's web site at www.henrygardens.com.