‘I just wanted a ramp for rehab, but it has become so much more than I had anticipated.”  

Those were the words spoken by Marti Hannon, director of life enrichment at Cantata Adult Life Services in Brookfield in reference to the campus’ new English Garden. She said the idea of a garden, complete with a ramp for accessibility, came to her before she worked at Cantata.

The idea for the garden grew out of the need for a ramp and a place where one could go to ” help restore life and to inspire change.” The garden became a community initiative with help from local Eagle scouts, who built eight gardening tables. The Brookfield Zoo also lent a hand, including signage.  

The garden will be a place of tranquility for residents, patients and visitors who would like to spend some time communing with nature. The therapeutic garden will add to the already lovely setting and the trees on the property.

The garden will have a waterfall which will filter the water, and rain barrels will provide water for the plants and storm runoff will be managed in part by a rain garden of native plants. The garden will become one with nature.

Ground for the English Garden was broken in September 2013. On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. the English Garden will be dedicated during an event at Cantata, 8700 31st Street in Brookfield.  Guests are asked to come to the 31st Street entrance where directions for parking will be given. A shuttle will be available to bring guests to the garden. For further information call 485-1155.

The addition of the English Garden is only one of the many changes that continue at Cantata. Along with providing residential services, there are numerous caregiver services and programs. Classes for adults include technology learning, photography, painting, and exercise to name a few are available for those in the area. Services are also available for those living in their own homes, including handyman services. Contact Cantata at 485-1155 for further information.

Marti Hannon’s enthusiasm over the English Garden and all that is taking place at Cantata comes from enjoying one’s job and realizing that people are living longer and it’s important to provide ways to make those lives easier and enriched.

 Here’s a place where I can say, “Take the time to smell the roses,” and enjoy the English Garden at Cantata.

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