Seasons Garden Design




The Diner, Meals on Wheels People's latest project to serve the community, had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 20, 2019. The community was there in full force to emphasize the need for this type of restaurant. Typically, their clients receive meals in their own homes, but the organization saw a need that wasn't being met: isolation and loneliness. They discovered that isolation can have the same impact on a person's health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day! So they went to work to make a difference.

The Diner is open to all: seniors and the public. Those enrolled in the Meals on Wheels People program pay what they can afford for their meals and they are able to connect with others. The public pays normal restaurant prices and therefore helps to sustain the facility for all. I'm so impressed with the entire team of people that made this project happen and so glad it is part of my community.

During the ribbon-cutting gathering, The Diner served samples of its food. I tried a bunch - including the marionberry pie. I'll be back with friends! Here are a few photos:

LEFT TO RIGHT: Meals on Wheels motto clearly displayed in the dining area; community support & ribbon-cutting day; north side restaurant entry; east side large sign and planting bed beneath; north side planting and closeup; south side closeup and planting

Meals on Wheels collage

"Awesome. Thanks again!"
Janice Butzke, Meals on Wheels Operations

"I must tell you I LOVE your landscape design at The Diner!
Not many people use hellebores in new landscaping and it was fun to see it this winter!"

Julie Piper Finley, ABC Director of Marketing & Communications

My task was to develop a plant palette that would be nearly bullet-proof and exist without tons of water in a challenging environment: tremendous heat-gain during the dry, summer months from surrounding concrete and asphalt and gravelly soil. I also introduced a fair amount of yellow-green in the foliage to coordinate with their signage as well as give it some pop against the very dark green background. Here is the planting plan and photos of the plants. Not all of the plants have been installed due to a wait for some plants to grow to a sellable size. Hopefully, in another month or so, they will be able to complete the installation.

MOW planting plan

The plant list includes the following: Anemone 'Whirlwind', Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis', Artichoke, Aucuba japonica 'Rozanne', Blechnum spicant, Bupleurum fruticosum, Buxus sempervirens 'MonAlex 'Petite Pillar', Choisya ternata 'Goldfingers', Daphne x medfordensis 'Lawrence Crocker', Eurybia divaricata, Festuca rubra 'Patrick's Point', Helleborus x sternii, Origanum x 'Xera Cascade', Rhus typhina 'Bailtiger', Rosmarinus officinalis 'Portland Violet', Salvia 'San Carlos Festival', Sedum rupestre 'Angelina', Thymus x citriodorus 'Aureus', and Verbena bonariensis.

Ceanothus velutinus

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