Jones researched his project and worked with the nursing home staff to provide vegetable and flower garden boxes throughout the property of the Willows.
The garden boxes are roughly 8 feet long by 3 feet wide and 4 feet above the ground. The major advantage of the garden boxes is that they were made for the residents to stand up to do their gardening.
Jones, who is a junior at Midview High School in Grafton, said he found out that most senior citizens love to plant their flowers and tomatoes, however they are unable to “knee down” to dig in the dirt. He made the boxes so the residents could stand up to plant their favorite items.
He also designed gardening boxes for residents who may not be able to stand and need to do their planting while seated in their wheelchairs. These particular boxes are extremely accommodating for the residents. The boxes provide great satisfaction along with a sense of accomplishment. Jones also worked with the physical therapy team at the Willows to help create the boxes, as their use aids in the residents therapy.
Jones and his scout troop, No. 236 in Berlin Heights, have had a partnership with Norwalk Elks Lodge No. 730 for the past six years.
He secured his gardening box funding through a scholarship application from Elks Ohio. Jones, the son of Rachel Jones and Jason Gilles, will have his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony in May.