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Cedar Crest Tour Showcases Spectacular Resident Patio Gardens

July 12, 2016

On June 12, during National Garden Week, more than 65 residents enjoyed the beauty of their neighbors' patio gardens during Cedar Crest's Birdhouse and Garden Tour.


The tour featured the resident gardens of Colleen Canavan and Karnig Thomasian. The annual fundraising event supports the Cedar Crest Resident Care Fund, which provides support to residents who, despite careful planning, outlive their financial resources. Tickets were $5 and included a tour and refreshments. 


Canavan's beautiful garden is located next to a majestic rocky slope and has a dramatic archway entrance which leads to a backyard filled with a wide variety of colorful flowers in pots, bird houses, and benches for guests to enjoy the view. 


This is the 8th year Canavan has opened up her garden for a good cause. She loves her garden because it reminds her of her childhood home near the Rocky Mountains in Idaho.  Before moving to Cedar Crest ten years ago, Canavan lived in River Edge, New Jersey, where she and her husband raised their seven children. She has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


"My life is good," said Canavan. "I enjoy giving back to my community."


This is the second year Thomasian's garden is part of the tour. He has always had a passion for gardening. At his former house in River Edge, New Jersey, he designed a garden with ponds, a river, and a waterfall.  He is currently building a pond for his Cedar Crest garden.


Thomasian's patio is a stunning assortment of planted trees and flowers. With the help of his girlfriend Inga Brandimart, he designed and built the walls. Brandimarte, who use to garden with her grandmother in Germany, chose the floral arrangement. 


"It is our oasis," said Brandimarte.


Cedar Crest is one of 18 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 104-acre campus is located in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and is home to over 2,000 residents. For more information, visit