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The Season for Gardening at Eagle’s Trace

May 8, 2015

HOUSTON, TX—Things are coming up roses and...tomatoes & peppers…at Eagle's Trace in West Houston. The green thumbs of the resident members of the Garden Club make it happen.  The 70-acre campus of the Erickson Living retirement community features twenty-three (23) gardenscapes for residents to grow vegetables and flowers. Debby Cate is the chairperson of the Garden Club.  She moved from Memorial nearly five years ago, and the opportunity to continue her passion factored in her decision to move to Eagle's Trace. "Through our club, it's been such a delight to socialize with other gardeners," stated Mrs. Cate, whose apartment home includes a patio where she tends to flowers.  "Each season, we share ideas, and the results are terrific.  Beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables are our annual bounty." Each gardenscape is 10' x 10'.  A community shed provides storage area, with the General Services Department of Eagle's Trace providing support in keeping the area clean and in good repair. The group does more than just plant and cultivate.  The residents meet on a quarterly basis, and in recent years, they have taken trips to the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens and The Arbor Gate.   Yet for residents like Bill Williams and Margaret Kocian, nothing beats the feeling of sewing the first seeds of the season.  Friends before moving to Eagle's Trace in 2005, both were raised on farms so planting has been a way of life. At Eagle's Trace, they are known for their vegetable harvest in May and June, giving ripe tomatoes, bell & hot peppers and onions to dozens of fellow residents. "I love to watch the vegetables grow through the springtime and then see the smiles on people's faces when we share with them," stated Mr. Williams. Ms. Kocian agrees.  "As a native Texan, I grew up as a real farm girl so I have been accustomed to having a garden wherever I have lived.  We have already done our spring planting, and now we enjoy walking to the gardenscapes each evening after dinner to check our progress," she said. Next month in partnership with the Department of Resident Life, the Garden Club will host a Mad Hatter Garden Tea Party for all residents. "While every year is different, gardening always represents a belief in the future," described Mrs. Cate.  "It's beautiful to share that anticipation with our friends at Eagle's Trace."  [[{"fid":"165611","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Debby Cate, chairperson of the Garden Club, stands with her husband Tom next to their patio at Eagle's Trace retirement community.","field_slideshow_link[und][0][title]":"","field_slideshow_link[und][0][url]":"","field_wrapper_link[und][0][title]":"","field_wrapper_link[und][0][url]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"Debby Cate, chairperson of the Garden Club, stands with her husband Tom next to their patio at Eagle's Trace retirement community.","class":"media-element file-default"}}]]