Plant Care for Seniors at Lakeside

At the Lakeside Senior Center of the Barber National Institute, individuals can learn skills needed to grow and care for various plants and foliage.

Functional skills taught include:

  • potting
  • scooping soil
  • planting seeds
  • weeding and pruning
  • watering
  • misting
  • utilizing horticulture tools  

Participants learn to identify various plants and needs of each plant as well as responsibility and care. Plant growth provides visual reinforcement for the individual's work. It's a great chance for seniors with developmental disabilities to learn functional skills while having outdoor fun. 

For more information on our day programs for seniors with developmental disabilities and how to get involved, contact Heidi McKenrick at or call her at 814-878-5920.