A gardeners dream called a live screen at Gilda's

By Alice Kang | akang@whbf.com

Published 07/28 2014 06:26PM

Updated 07/28 2014 06:42PM



It's a mobile wall. Both sides covered with plants. A gardeners dream called a live screen and it's giving cancer patients a garden fresh outlook on life.

The live screen at the Gilda's Club gives members the opportunity to create a garden that members later use for different cooking workshops.

"It has given folks a chance to try new things that they might not have tried before,” said Erin Williams, outreach manager at Gilda’s Club QC. Gilda's club is a free emotional and social support community for people living with cancer and their families.

 “Kale is a big rage these days and so many of our members have said you know we don't know what to do with it so we've had a whole workshop on kale and used it from our garden,” said Williams.

Two months ago, Gilda's Club got a grant to get a live screen for their backyard. From tomatoes to herbs their innovative new vertical garden allows all members to get their hands dirty.

"It's really great for people with all different abilities. It self waters. It doesn't need any weeding, it doesn't need any fertilization. So it's great for what we need it for,” said Williams.

This live screen, giving cancer patients an opportunity to garden, on their own time.

"Cancer patients have good days and bad days. On good days they might really want to garden the produce, water and plant but then again sometimes they have bad days and they just don't feel like it,” said Williams.

Parts of the garden can even be taken inside which comes in handy.

"If it was too hot outside or if they can't be in the sun because of treatment,” said Williams.

A chance to have a garden without the responsibility of maintaining it alone.

"I think that it's neat that they've done that and instead of tearing up lawn and trying to plant a garden where it's difficult on the slopes its interesting and educational,” said Mitch White, Gilda’s Club member.

It’s one of a kind in the quad cities, and a great addition for members.

"Learning and growing things are therapeutic so this is a way they can get their hands dirty and reap the benefits of a fresh garden without having to do all the work,” said Williams.

"A significant add to Glida's Club,” said White.

Members and workers at the Gilda's Club say it's been a very successful two months and they look forward to growing more plants and herbs in the following months.


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