FRANKLIN, Ind. — Morning Pointe of Franklin residents find their center in the courtyard of the assisted living and memory care community. The seniors enjoy the sunshine while sinking pairs of gloved fingers into fresh top soil, and bringing to life vegetables and flowers to enjoy later in the year.

For many of the residents, gardening activities sprout old memories of life on the farm while planting new ones for those new to the hobby.

Beets, radishes, parsley, onions, peppers and even Kentucky wonder beans are some of the greenery on the menu at Morning Pointe, as the seniors embrace a sort of “garden therapy” as part of the life enrichment program.

“They love to have their hands in the dirt,” says Mary Beth Piland, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe, who says the residents enjoy watching the progress of their planted produce and flowers. “We can’t wait to start harvesting the work of our hands.”

Photo: Donna King and Roseann Hobert, Morning Pointe of Franklin, IN residents, pluck weeds from the standing garden in the courtyard. The two also enjoy sprucing up the centerpiece in the courtyard.