The residents at Brookdale Lohmans Crossing will enjoy being outside a little more due to a local Scout and his troop buddies. Peter Beneski and fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 52 recently built a butterfly garden for the seniors. Peter’s work also included a special bench dedicated to his great-grandma Lucy, affectionately known to him as, “Nana Banana.” She was a resident at the community for six years.
The residents want to thank Beneski and his friends and honor Lucy’s memory at a special dedication ceremony in September.
“He wanted to do something that would honor his great-grandmother and the other residents,” said Crista Taylor, the resident program coordinator at Brookdale Lohmans Crossing. “It means a lot to our residents that these boys did something like this for them. They love it.”
Peter raised funds for wood, gravel, soil, and plants to build raised beds. He wanted to provide the opportunity for residents to “see nature, butterflies and beautiful plants while they eat and play games,” said Peter. “The people here are so wonderful to talk to and get to know. I want to give them a great outdoor experience.” He hopes the residents enjoy planting and growing their own flowers and plants as well.
“It’s really special that he wanted to do something like this,” added Crista. “To know that the reason for this work was to honor his late great-grandmother makes the garden and bench so much more special to the other residents.”