Elise Resler, 14, helps spread mulch around the freshly planted flower bed in the Sommer Garden at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre May 28. Photo by Emily Jaycox

Kinettes and volunteers plant Sommer Garden at hospital

The Ponoka Hospital and Care Center (PHCC) is getting all “spruced-up” for spring, thanks to local volunteer groups donating their time to plant the gardens around the facility and maintain the gardens.

“We’re really lucky to have three community groups that come to the hospital,” said Dorothy Ungstad, chairperson for the Ponoka and District Health Foundation.

The Sommer Garden, a court on the west side of the hospital, was planted on May 28 by the Ponoka Kinette Club and volunteers from Country Gardens and Greenhouse.

This year, the flowers for the Sommer Garden were paid for by the hospital foundation and came from Country Gardens and Greenhouse.

The Kinettes have been planting the garden for about eight years now.

The Sommer Garden was dedicated in 2006 in memory of Knud Greve Sommer (2005) and Johanne Stenz Sommer (2006).

On the east side of the hospital, the court garden outside of long-term care will be planted by the PHCC’s ladies auxiliary on June 5. The residents will travel by bus to Bobtail Nursery this year to pick out some flowers for their patios and the garden, which will be purchased by the auxiliary.

The auxiliary has about 60 members according to president Joyce Mackenzie.

The garden on the south side of the hospital is planted and maintained by a group of volunteers from Servus Credit Union.


Maxine Reed, a volunteer from Country Gardens and Greenhouse, waters some flowers May 28.

The volunteers enjoy a much-deserved refrehing ice tea at the end of their labours May 28. Photo by Emily Jaycox

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