Hillcrest Homes and the La Verne parks and community services department held its fifth annual Gardenfest on Saturday for parents to spend time with their kids.
“We think that this is a great intergenerational event to hold at Hillcrest because of its beautiful retirement community that can be shared with children,” said Carla Sullivan, community services superintendent.
Sullivan created Gardenfest because she likes to garden herself and realized that there are a lot of people who do not have gardens but like to garden as well.
“Our goal is for kids to have fun and be exposed to different things and we feel it is great family time,” Sullivan said. “A lot of children are not exposed to gardening so this is a perfect chance for our seniors to show them.”
Children had the opportunity to paint pots, write with chalk on the pathway, plant plants, participate in a garden tour, have their faces painted, play with bubbles, and they even got a snack.
“I am having so much fun and my favorite part is making designs with chalk and the snack,” said Taylor Burkett, a child participant.
Burkett’s mother Diane said that she loves the garden tour and this is her second year bringing Taylor to Gardenfest.
Many of the residents at Hillcrest got to participate in the events as well.
“I have been doing this a couple of years now and the best part is seeing the children so delighted with seeing plants grow so beautifully,” said Dorris Walker, a Hillcrest resident.
Walker helped lead the garden tour that showed off the gardens the residents at Hillcrest tend to.
Walker said that the tour was quite long in length and there is a huge veggie garden.
“The residents tend to their own flowers and take care of everything in their front yard, nobody does it for them,” Walker said.
Gardenfest is not the only event that the La Verne parks and community services department organize.
“Every February we hold a pet pageant because schools no longer have show and tell and we think that the pageant is a great opportunity for children to still be able to show off something that they love to others,” Sullivan said.
In March they have an Easter egg hunt, for 4th of July they hold a country fair and in October they have a Halloween parade where children walk around in their costumes.
“I love December because we have a Winter Wonderland and we bring in tons of snow so children can make snowballs and just have fun in the snow,” Sullivan said.
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