Resident brings her passion for gardening and grows her award-winning dahlias to GreenFields of Geneva

She received “thanks” from passers-by, showing appreciation for her beautification efforts. For her retirement years, she researched gardening and decided to give her green thumb a try. Thirty years later, she has racked up dozens of awards from local, state, and even national botanical clubs and organizations for its superb flowers, with a specialty in dahlias.

For years, while she was still living in Deerfield, Lydia recalls, she received notes from people passing by her house. “Our street was busy and my garden entertained people when they were in traffic,” she said. “They appreciated the beautiful flowers. Once I even received a jar of honey, thanking me for my native plants. It was from someone who had beehives, and he appreciated my pollinator-supporting plants. .”

Lydia and her husband Priscillo moved to GreenFields from Geneva ten years ago. She brought her joy of illuminating the world of others with her. Lydia has a large bed in the resident garden, growing her legendary and award-winning dahlias, as well as snapdragons, cosmos, phlox and more. She also grows tomatoes, okra and squash.

Lydia takes great pleasure in creating bouquets for her roommates’ birthdays. “I always include a fun card too,” she said. “It makes me happy to make other people happy, especially on birthdays.”

Enjoying the fun of others, Lydia also participates in the GreenFields Resident Outreach Committee. In this capacity, she is part of a team that helps new residents become familiar with and feel comfortable in their new home. She can’t wait for everyone to feel the same joy that she and her husband feel in their home at GreenFields. “It’s so beautiful here. We love everything: the staff, the activities, everything. It’s carefree,” she said. “At first, my husband was reluctant to move into a seniors’ residence. The day after we moved here, he woke me up at 3 a.m. to say ‘thank you’. We are both so happy here. “

GreenFields of Geneva

GreenFields is an exceptional living plan community offering a wonderful retirement lifestyle in an ideal location. GreenFields offers independent living, assisted living, memory support, rehabilitation and skilled nursing with the most comprehensive plan available for long term care if ever needed. For more information, call 630/578-7969 or visit www.GreenFieldsGenève.org.

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