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Photo 4 - Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco -Earth D Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco residents Taneko Crow, BJ Hazlewood and Beverly Eubanks help plant raised sensory gardens for memory care residents. The herbs will also be used by the dining team to cook with.

Seniors in Frisco are giving back to Mother Nature this Earth Day and getting their green thumbs dirty in a hands on activity. Residents at Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco will gather on Friday, April 22 and spend the day giving back to the Earth by planting a tree and an interactive herb garden. A Texas Red Oak, the species residents voted on and selected, was donated by Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco’s landscaping company, JLM Jones Landscaping, and will be planted behind House E at 10 a.m. that day. Included in the planting will be a short dedication and ceremonial dig by residents. At 2:00 p.m. behind House B, residents will gather again to celebrate the holiday, this time to fill raised planter boxes with herbs, including mint, chives, sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley and basil. The herbs are not only for the dining team to use when they prepare meals, tending to them can also have a calming effect for residents with Alzheimer’s or other memory impairments. The garden will be entirely safe for ingestion and will be an additional space for residents to enjoy.

 Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco chose to participate in Earth Day this year because many of their residents have a personal connection with plants, and they wanted to honor their commitment by giving back to the Earth.

 “I was raised on a farm in Missouri where we milked cows and grew corn, oats and wheat,” said 95-year-old Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco resident Gerald Cisco. “My family made a living off of the land for a long time, and I think it’s important to preserve the Earth and keep its soil healthy so it can continue to grow things we all need to survive. The pastureland was also very important in feeding our livestock and keeping them healthy.”

 81-year-old Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco resident Frank Griffith attended Arizona State University’s horticulture program decades ago and owned his own commercial landscaping company just outside Seattle. He cared for the grounds of hospitals, hotels and golf courses, and still enjoys being outside today.

 “I think it’s very important to protect the Earth and continue to plant things, because that’s how we receive oxygen,” said Griffith. “It’s great that all of us at Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco are participating in Earth Day and contributing to the health and wellness of the Earth.”

 “Many of our residents planted flowers and greenery, or gardened as a hobby,” said Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco executive director Cleta Brock. “We’re excited to offer them another way to be outside and get their hands in the soil again in a way that will look beautiful and benefit our whole community.” 

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