By Melissa Moore
Sales and Marketing Manager
Frequently, the Marketing Department of Kendal at Granville is asked by prospective residents whether they have options if they would like to continue their passion for gardening and landscaping. The answer is a resounding yes! All the cottages, villas, and first floor apartments are surrounded by landscaping beds, which the residents can customize, and make their own. Some of the residents enjoy not having the responsibility of taking care of their garden beds, but others have created unique and beautiful vistas for all to enjoy.
The front of the Boone's villa
Residents Keith and Lyn Boone have always been garden enthusiasts, although Lyn is quick to clarify that Keith is the mastermind when it comes to all things gardening. Keith and Lyn knew they wanted to move to Kendal, but they were still a few years away from making that move, when they received a call which would ultimately change their mind. A villa came available with an abundant amount of landscaping beds, and possibilities to create more. Keith’s ultimate goal was to enhance the environment around the villa to attract birds. They wanted to be able to entice new and returning species. When Keith and Lyn saw the villa, they immediately loved the aesthetic and diversity of the environment, and surrounding areas, and decided to call it home. Since then, many hours have been spent creating their own “bird grotto” in their back yard. They created a safe space for birds with food and water for them. On one day they saw 25 different species of birds, and six of the seven types of native Ohio woodpeckers. Keith and Lyn both love being able to sit on their three seasons room and enjoy the fruits of their labor, but they particularly enjoy the fact it also enhances the walking path, which runs through the back of their yard, for anyone using it.
The "bird grotto"
The main road going through Kendal features the two- story apartment building as you enter the campus. At the end of the apartment building, a breath-taking garden immediately catches your eye. Resident Becky Dungan is responsible for creating and maintaining the beautiful area which everyone stops to admire on their way past. Before moving to Kendal, Becky didn’t have a great interest in doing her own gardening - she had a company help her. When she chose her apartment, that same company told her they could no longer help because it was too small of an area. Becky didn’t share the same sentiment and took it upon herself to make an enjoyable space. From the gorgeous pops of color, to the varying heights that are enjoyable to the eye, to the unusual rocks she had discovered many years ago, there is always something different to look at. She also enjoys flying the flag of her home state of Michigan proudly, because it has become a conversation piece for many of the admirers who stop to take a look. Becky does not call herself a gardener, but for those of us who often walk by, we disagree with her.
The front of Becky's apartment
Becky's beautiful landscaping
As an accredited Level One Arboretum, the grounds of Kendal are always a beautiful sight to see. There are numerous residents who have taken their green thumbs to the outdoor areas to help enhance the community even more. It is always worth the trip to come over, drive around, and see for yourself all the hard work that has gone into this place the residents now call home.