'National Gardening Week' 27th April - 5th May
"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."
"The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth."
Dorothy Frances Gurney
This week's cognitive stimulation therapy activities page focuses on 'The Garden' and all things in it, because 'National Gardening Week' is approaching (27th April - 5th May).
To kick things off, ask members to say a couple of things they like or dislike about gardens and gardening. Responses might include:
Likes: Flowers, fragrances, bees, butterflies, trees, warmth of the sun, smell of a garden fire, smell of fresh cut grass and produce for eating, to...
Dislikes: Slugs, snails, wasps, spiders, worms, weeds, mowing the grass, digging beds and having to water the garden.
To facilitate and illustrate the session, print off some images of gardens and gardeners (and related things) for the tables and when you come to a discussion point including the person, place or thing ask members to locate the image and hold it up. Click on the header photograph for our images. We included some local parks that members would recognise.
Continuing the discussion, ask members if they like gardening or if they have a favourite flower, herb or shrub.
Ask members who would say they 'have green fingers'? Discuss the meaning of this phrase.
Ask if any members have an allotment, shed or pond?
(Maybe list on a white board things people like or dislike about the garden ...)
Ask members what their favourite parks and gardens are?
SOPHIA GARDENS, BUTE PARK, THOMSON PARK, VICTORIA PARK, ROATH PARK, CEFN ONN PARK
PROVERBS AND IDIOMS
We asked members to complete the following phrases ...
- A bird in the hand is worth two in the BUSH (having something of even lesser value is better than taking the chance of losing it in the process of trying to achieve something more desirable)
- A rolling stone gathers no MOSS (a person who does not settle in one place will not accumulate wealth or status, or responsibilities or commitments)
- The grass is always greener on the other SIDE (the things other people have or their situations always look better than your own, even when they are not really so)
- The early bird catches the WORM (one who arrives first has the best chance for success)
- The apple doesn't fall far from the TREE (a child usually has a similar character or qualities to his or her parents)
- You reap what you SOW (you eventually have to face up to the consequences of your actions)
- People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw STONES (you shouldn't criticise other people for bad qualities in their character that you may have yourself)
- Oops-a-DAISY (expression of encouragement to a child who has fallen or is being lifted)
- A late BLOOMER (a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual)
- A needle in the HAYSTACK (something that is extremely difficult to find because the area you have to search is too large)
- A shrinking VIOLET (an exaggeratedly shy person)
- Snake in the GRASS (a person who is treacherous or deceitful)
- As fresh as a DAISY (healthy and full of energy)
- Out of the WOODS (out of danger or difficulty, or being thrown a lifeline)
- Pushing up DAISIES (dead and buried)
- To come up smelling of ROSES (emerge from a difficult situation with one's reputation in tact)
- To hold out an olive BRANCH (do or say something to show you want to end a disagreement with someone)
- To let something go to SEED (a person or thing which is past it's prime and no longer full of life)
- To nip something in the BUD (suppress or destroy something at an early stage)
- To let the grass grow under your FEET (to delay in taking action or an opportunity and risk losing it)
- To lead somebody up the garden PATH (to mislead, deceive, hoodwink or seduce somebody)
- To beat about the BUSH (avoid talking about a difficult or embarrassing situation or subject).
On which occasions would you give flowers?
- Wedding bouquet (ask members to describe theirs, if appropriate) (The person who catches the bouquet is next in line to marry, apparently!)
- Valentine's Day ("Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are you!")
- Mother's Day
- Remembrance Sunday (poppies)
- Christmas wreath (holly and ivy)
- Funeral floral tributes.
Ask members to bring the names of some flowers to mind...
Spring flowers - crocus, tulip, daffodil, primrose, bluebell
Summer flowers - rose, geranium, hydrangea, sunflower
Autumn flowers - dahlia, begonia, gladioli, chrysanthemum
Winter flowers - poinsettia, pansies, snowdrop
Weeds - Dandelion, stinging nettles, daisies, ivy.
What are the flowers of the four nations?
Wales - daffodil
Scotland - thistle
England - red rose
Ireland - shamrock.
Name some of the most common herbs. If possible have some cuttings to crush and hand around as a fragrant reminder.
Herbs used with food and drink, or as medicines:
Mint sauce (with lamb)
Parsley sauce (with fish or ham)
Sage & thyme (stuffing)
Bay leaf (stew)
Clove oil (dental pain)
In which garden were Adam and Eve seduced into eating the forbidden fruit by the serpent?
THE GARDEN OF EDEN
What was the 'forbidden fruit'?
Who is the Patron Saint of Gardens, as known as 'The Little Flower'?
ST THERESA OF LISIEUX
On which device would you tell the time in a garden?
Which common or garden weed provides another 'clock'?
What liquid does a flower produce which attracts bees and butterflies?
What does the term 'perennial' mean?
FLOWERS EVERY YEAR
How do you tell the age of a tree?
COUNT IT'S RINGS
Trees that shed their leaves each year are called what?
Trees that keep their leaves all year are?
What is the art of clipping trees and hedges into ornamental forms called?
What about the Japanese art of propagating miniature trees?
The 'Love Apple' is the traditional old English name for what?
What plant/flower is known as 'The Butterfly Bush'?
What is the sacred flower of Buddhism?
Which London garden greenhouses have recently undergone restoration and been reopened to the public?
Which biosphere rainforest gardens have been built in a disused quarry in St Austell, Cornwall?
Which annual garden festival has Royal status and is attended by a senior member of the Royal Family?
CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
Which children's TV show had a regular gardening slot?
Who was the first lead presenter of the TV series 'Gardeners World'?
Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh starred in which TV gardening series?
What was the name of the cynical snail in the children's TV show 'The Magic Roundabout'?
The other characters were?
ERMINTRUDE (COW), FLORENCE (GIRL), DYLAN (RABBIT), DOUGAL (DOG) & ZEBEDEE (SPRING)
Parsley The Lion featured in which children's TV animated series?
Who was Bill and Ben's best friend in the children's TV series of the same name?
Which children's TV series featured Kiki The Frog?
What was Basil Brush's catchphrase?
Which 'flower' was associated with the TV comedy series 'Keeping Up Appearances'?
Which flower was associated with Dame Edna Everage?
GLADIOLUS (SHE USED TO THROW THEM TO HER AUDIENCE)
Who starred as Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally in the 1979 children's TV series about a scarecrow?
JOHN PERTWEE AND UNA STUBBS
Which flower inspired William Wordsworth's poem 'I wandered lonely as a cloud'?
Which classical musician composed the glorious 'The Lark Ascending'?
RALPH VAUGHN WILLIAMS
(It recently won first place in a public vote for the best piece of classical music in the 'Classic FM Hall Of Fame'.)
Which flower field is poisoned by the Wicked Witch in 'The Wizard Of Oz'?
How much did it cost Julie Andrews to 'Feed The Birds' in the 1964 film 'Mary Poppins'?
TUPPENCE A BAG
In which 1968 film did the Rose Seller sell two blooms for a penny?
If you get stung by nettles, which plant's leaves should you rub your skin with to soothe it?
Complete this children's nursery rhyme,
Ring a ring a rosies....
A POCKET FULL OF POSIES
A TISSUE A TISSUE
WE ALL FALL DOWN
What is this about?
THE BLACK PLAGUE
Which science fiction book takes it's premise of human killing moving plants as it's horror theme?
DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS BY JOHN WYNDHAM
What food substance derives from the crocus flower?
Which flower's name lends itself to the name of a pair of rubber gloves?
Which tree has seeds which children call 'Helicopters'?
From which tree would you collect conkers?
In the Second World War, what was the campaign which promoted growing your own vegetables and allotments generally?
DIG FOR VICTORY
If you wanted to buy a bunch of flowers for a loved one, which shop would you visit?
If you were to arrange flowers in a decoration, which green block would you stick your flowers and foliage into?
GARDEN MUSIC QUIZ Spotify Playlist Link here... https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/1OraJGYihgOIX88cMkbP6Q?si=jp8GTyplS7i8exFw3kKaqQ 1. An English Country Garden - Nana Mouskouri Listen carefully, try to remember some of the flowers in the first verse of this song? "Daffodils, heart's ease and flox Meadowsweet and lily stalks Gentain, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, forget-me-nots."
Which country is Nana Mouskouri from?
2. All Kinds Of Everything - Dana In which year did Dana win the 'Eurovision Song Contest' with this song? 1970
What country is Dana from?
IRELAND 3. Tulips From Amsterdam - Max Bygraves Amsterdam is the capital city of which country? THE NETHERLANDS
Max Bygraves catchphrase was?
LET ME TELL YOU A STORY 4. Edelweiss - Sound Of Music Soundtrack Who sang this song in the 1965 film? CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (CAPTAIN GEORG VON TRAPP)
His co-star was?
5. All Things Bright And Beautiful - Traditional Hymn In the book of Genesis, how many days did it take God to create the Heavens and the the the Earth? SIX - he rested on the Seventh
How did God create Eve?
FROM ADAM'S RIB 6. Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel Name as many herbs as you can?
INCLUDING PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY, THYME In which English county would you find Scarborough? NORTH YORKSHIRE 7. On A Bicycle Built For Two - Nat King Cole What is a bicycle built for two called? A TANDEM
How about the bicycle with a very large front wheel and a small back wheel?
Ask members to describe how they would make a daisy chain? 8. Where Have All The Flowers Gone? - Marlena Dietrich What does this song protest about? IT IS AN ANTI-WAR SONG (the flowers representing the fallen men)
Where was Marlene from?
9. Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations What does a buttercup tell a person about another? IF THEY LIKE BUTTER (IT GLOWS YELLOW UNDER THEIR CHIN)
Which margarine famously is made from sunflower oil?
FLORA 10. Woodstock - Matthews Southern Comfort Who wrote this song about the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, which she was unable to attend? JONI MITCHELL
Can members name any trees, from which wood could be used for furniture?
PINE, OAK, BEECH, MAHOGANY, WALNUT 11. San Francisco - Scott McKenzie What is the famous red bridge which crosses San Francisco Bay? THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
How about the infamous island prison there?
ALCATRAZ 12. (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson Who played Rose Neiland in the US hit TV comedy series 'The Golden Girls'? BETTY WHITE
Complete this phrase ...
A rose between two - THORNS
13. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles Devon or Cornish cream tea? (Strawberry jam on bottom or top) START A DEBATE
Who is singing this song?
JOHN LENNON 14. The Floral Dance - Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band Which TV chat show host and radio DJ had a hit with this song in 1978? TERRY WOGAN
Name some of the instruments in a brass band?
TRUMPET, FRENCH HORN, EUPHONIUM, TUBA, CORNET, FLUGELHORN 15. Take Me Home Country Road - John Denver Ask members to say where they were born and grew up (know about them to help them tell their story if needs be)
Which road would members travel on if they wished to travel from Cardiff to London?
M4 16. Lily The Pink - The Scaffold What is the real name of the character Lily Savage? PAUL O'GRADY
Which animal related programme does he now host?
FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS (BATTERSEA DOGS HOME) 17. Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens Name some common garden birds: BLACKBIRD, THRUSH, ROBIN, SPARROW, BLUE TIT, WREN, CROW, STARLING, MAGPIE
What do you call a flock of starlings flying in formation?
MURMURATION 18. Annie's Song - John Denver What is the forest called where Robin Hood and His Merry Men robbed from the rich and gave to the poor? SHERWOOD FOREST
Who was Robin Hood's girlfriend?
MAID MARIAN 19. Flowers In The Rain - The Move Hippies were associated with which peace movement in the 1960s? FLOWER POWER
What was the logo of CND?
20. The Laughing Gnome - David Bowie Has anyone got a Garden Gnome? What colour were the gnomes associated with Esso? BLUE ("Boom, boom, boom, boom, Esso Blue") 21. Lilac Wine - Elkie Brooks Ask members to name their favourite wine. Some old fashioned wines include: BLACK TOWER, BLUE NUN, LIEBFRAUMILCH, MATEUS ROSE, BULLS BLOOD
Ask members to hold hands up saying which wines they prefer?
RED, WHITE OR ROSE 22. Love Is Like A Butterfly - Dolly Parton Who starred in the hit UK TV sitcom 'Butterflies'? WENDY CRAIG Name some common butterflies? RED ADMIRAL, MONARCH, CABBAGE WHITE, COMMON BLUE, PEACOCK 23. Green Green Grass Of Home - Tom Jones Does anyone in the group suffer with hayfever? What is it that is produced by a flower, grass or tree that makes you sneeze? POLLEN What tablet might you take to help you stop sneezing? ANTIHISTAMINE 24. Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree - Dawn From which seed does an oak tree grow? AN ACORN
What signifies dawn?
SUNRISE, DAWN CHORUS, SOUND OF A MILK FLOAT 25. The Wombling Song - The Wombles
Which common did The Wombles live on?
What were they concerned with?
Fantasia On Greensleeves - Ralph Vaughn Williams
The Lark Ascending - Ralph Vaughn Williams
These songs are included as a wind down in readiness for the relaxation or mindfulness activity which could follow. (Or play them during the physical activity session?)
ACTIVITIES Planting seeds - cress and mustard. For making sandwiches in a later session. Planting tomato plants - or similar. Having produce to taste is a great reward for your efforts. Pressing flowers. An alternative to layering and pressurising flowers (the traditional method) is to bang flowers between blotting paper on the floor with a rolling pin. The colour discharges and remains on the paper, making instant prints. Arranging flowers. Bring a few bunches of flowers and a couple of vases and have members arrange the flowers as they wish. Or use oasis to make a more complex floral arrangement. A nice mindfulness activity to use with the 'Greensleeves' classical music track is to hand each member a flower to look closely at and observe in fine detail - look, colour, texture, smell, memories it brings to mind etc. (Caution. Just be aware that some clients with more advanced dementia may have hyperorality as a symptom and be at risk of putting flowers into their mouths. If there is any concern regarding this maybe don't use this activity.) Painting flowers. As an alternative to flower arranging, ask members if any of them would prefer to have a go at painting the flowers. Display products with pride. Smells box. In the 'Resources' page, there is a link to a reminiscence smells box which provides a great activity. Fresh herbs and fruit smell and taste session. Try: - Tomatoes with basil and chives - Cucumber with dill and vinegar - Strawberries with mint and sugar - Apples with honey and yoghurt. Maybe with a glass of Dandelion and Burdock pop as a refreshment and another reminiscence opportunity. (Cautions. Be aware of any allergies. And any swallow concerns.)