Spring Forward Centerpiece

Yellow TulipAfter the winter we’ve had, it’s time for a mood lifter on the dining room tables. Don’t wait for the ground to thaw, get started on spring planting right now. Growing potted bulbs at the table will allow everyone to participate in the joy of watching flowers sprout and bloom. Involve the entire community by inviting everyone to help plant the bulbs. Amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus do not need to be chilled before potting, so they are good choices for anyone. If you have access to bulbs that have been chilled, you have more options, including: tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, Dutch iris and scilla.

Your bulbs should bloom about 4 weeks after planting, so this project will give you several weeks of conversation starters and enjoyment. After the blooms have faded, plant the bulbs in your community garden so you can enjoy them next year too! Find complete instructions at Gardeners.com.

About Cindy Heilman

Cindy Heilman MS, DTR: Cindy Heilman has over 25 years of experience in enhancing hospitality, and food service standards. She is the CEO of her own company, Higher Standards LLC, and creator of Kind Dining® Training. Her unique background in restaurant ownership, in hospitality and healthcare food service, in working as a Dietetic Technician Registered and Healthcare Specialist at SYSCO Foodservices, led her to the development of her exclusive program that improves relationships and lives of aging residents through the dining experience.

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