April 8, 2014 // 1:11 PM

Spring is Coming to Garden Spot Village

Written by Scott Miller

As the days slowly get longer, and the mercury rises a fraction of a millimeter at a time, spring returns to Lancaster County. At Garden Spot Village, it gets a helping hand. As we head into the warmer months, Campus Services is busy fertilizing lawns, pruning trees, cleaning flower beds and spreading mulch to keep the 104-acre campus looking its best.

Plantings of perennials—tulips, daffodils, day lilies and black-eyed Susans—as well as shrubs like goldenthread cypress provide ever-changing accents of bright color against the backdrop of the verdant campus lawns.

“We’re going to add to the Memorial Garden. Each year we add another layer of interest,” says Scott Weaver, director of campus services. The Memorial Garden is adjacent to the chapel. The Legacy Garden, near the pavilion, is another favorite spot that is splashed with perennial color.

An inside job

The team’s work isn’t limited to the outdoors. Campus Services also keeps the Conservatory on the Main Street corridor lush and green. The 880-square-foot Victorian-style conservatory is full of figs, palms, hydrangeas and other tropical and subtropical plants.

“The Conservatory continues to evolve, especially in terms of how we are using it,” says Weaver. Recently, Garden Spot Village catered a dinner party in the space. “That was the first time we used it for a special event. It was fun to see it used that way.”

Pruning at Maple Farm

Campus Services is also busy at Maple Farm, Garden Spot’s skilled care facility in Akron. As the Maple Farm staff implements Garden Spot Village’s successful household model of skilled care, Campus Services makes sure that the grounds also meet the same high standards that people have come to expect from Garden Spot Village. 

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