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 is the founder and owner of Kind Dining®, which she began in 2006. She’s traveled across the country and Canada working with and training senior living communities that want to create an exceptional dining experience for their residents and staff. In addition, she certifies select professionals in her Kind Dining® philosophy and provides tools, now in an eLearning format, that make learning stick and help people put insights into action. As a result of her work, clients often share their staff has a new sense of purpose, get along better and keep their focus and energy on what matters most. In fact, she wrote a book, Hospitality for Boomers on how to attract residents and keep good team members. In her free time, she enjoys walking Oregon trails and cheering on her favorite soccer teams, the Portland Thorns and Timbers.

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