Residents from Trentham Aged Care visit peony farm

HAPPY: The residents of Trentham Aged Care enjoyed their day at the Peony Farm and returned home with a bunch of flowers each.
HAPPY: The residents of Trentham Aged Care enjoyed their day at the Peony Farm and returned home with a bunch of flowers each.

Residents from Trentham Aged Care were taken on a special trip to Spring Hill Peony Farm at the end of November.

A busload of 10 residents were transported to the farm by their nursing assistant. 

The residents were able to walk down the rows at the very start of the season to see the flowers right as they began blooming.

Nicky Thomas, who owns the peony farm, said the aged care residents were invited for a free private visit so they could experience the joy peonies give to so many. 

"We have so many visitors to our farm each year and to see the delight on our guest faces and the heart warming thanks they give us for opening the paddock makes Mac and I so happy,” Ms Thomas said.

“Every Spring we are at the mercy of the weather. The flowers react to the quantity of heat and rain which creates a different yield each year. We have learnt to just roll with it and so have our visitors."

The residents each picked themselves a bouquet to take back to their rooms with them. 

Director of Nursing at Trentham Aged Care, Paul Hilder, said those who went on the trip thoroughly enjoyed the day.

“The ladies had the most magnificent day out. They were very proud of their pickings and Trentham Aged Care came to life with peonies on their return,” he said. “The excursion lasted five hours and the ladies were exhausted but exhilarated.”

The farm had a number of open days during the 2018 peony season throughout November. Peony bunches are available for sale at the farm gate until Friday, December 7.