Table Tip: Grow Your Own Centerpieces

Watch Spring bloom at the table: Just when it seems winter will never end, crocus pushes itself out of the icy ground and through the snow to reassure us Spring is on its way. Watch the seasons change in your dining room by growing crocus centerpieces. Generally, to grow crocus indoors you need to start in the Fall. However, if you purchase pre-chilled bulbs you can start your plantings now and have blooms within a few weeks.

Have residents help assemble your living centerpieces by planting the bulbs in attractive pots. Once the bulbs are fully chilled, move the pots into the dining room so the entire community can watch them emerge and bloom. If your dining room is light-challenged in some areas, rotate the pots so they all get some time in sunny spots.

Use your homegrown centerpieces as conversations starters all season.

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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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