Landscaping around the Oasis Pavilion
Walk around the Bridgewater campus any time of year – but especially now in mid-summer – and you’ll notice beautiful landscaping and well-tended flora. Much of the credit goes to our Grounds team, who work hard to maintain the healthy, pleasing appearance of Bridgewater’s mature landscaping – around the large community buildings, duplexes, and individual cottages.
BRC Village residents can have a big say in how their yards look.
“When we moved in, the Grounds crew asked what plants we wanted and then really worked with us to provide just what we had in mind,” comment Mike and Cindy Fike. “It continues each year when we want to add or change anything in the landscaping.”
Hydrangea and buddleia
The dedication of our Grounds team highlights one of the many benefits of living at Bridgewater. Not having to worry about maintenance chores leaves time for other pursuits. For quite a few residents, one of those pursuits is gardening. Evidence of their time and talent can be seen all over the campus, complementing the beautiful landscaping.
Residents can grow flowers or potted plants in their homes. For those who, like resident Margaret Horn, like to grow vegetables, there is a community vegetable garden, plus raised beds and a greenhouse built for us by Bridgewater College students.
“I love being able to dig in the dirt,” she says. “That’s something I didn’t want to give up when I moved here. It makes me happy to grow produce to eat and to share.”
In addition, for those who have yards, the Grounds team is happy to till a small plot for tomatoes and other favorites.
Community Garden and produce
And if you’re not a gardener yourself, you can still enjoy the produce – just look for the boxes outside of Maple Terrace, where gardeners share the literal fruits of their labors. Extra produce is also donated to a local food bank.
Whether through the efforts of Bridgewater’s groundskeeping team or individual residents, natural beauty is everywhere. Take some time today to enjoy it!