Garden Partners’ Program Specialist (Master Gardener and Horticultural Therapist) Kathy Kuhn and memory-care resident, Adell, are at our Memory-Care garden at Regency Assisted Living in Portland looking at the sunflowers.

White patio chairs may surround Regency Park Assisted Living & Memory Care’s backyard garden, but the colorful collage of lamb’s ears, poppies, mums, rosemary, and mint isn’t just for lounging. Regency Park residents create the sensational display with the assistance of Garden Partners, a 10-year-old nonprofit dedicated to engaging elders by helping them care for plants. For an hour or two each week, residents at five Portland-area senior communities snip, clip, and water their way to better mental health. Find out more about the organization with our web exclusive slideshow.