With my garden, I don’t feel like I’m in ‘one of those places’, if you know what I mean.”

Trudi has always felt her garden was a way to express her creativity, her independence, and her values. She inherited her green thumb from her father, and remembers fondly how he carefully husbanded their Victory Garden so long ago. Now, Trudi loves the quiet of being outside and the feel of the soil. She loves the idea of growing healthy, organic food for herself and sharing this abundance with other residents. She is especially proud of her pea pods, her tomatoes, and her brand new butternut squash. “The garden is where I can reflect and sort through problems, and I have met some amazing people there.” Trudi shares gardening tips with fellow gardeners, and she is loves the idea that her new friends will water for her on the days when she is out of town. “I love living at Atherton and knowing that my future is secure.” Trudi adds, “my garden reminds me that I still have all the important things in my life. Not that much has changed since I moved in, except my address.”

Atherton thrives on the creative joy of our residents. It permeates the campus and fills the neighborhood. These residents choose their many ways to share this joy and it enriches us all.

Creative outlets

  • Community Garden
  • Atherton Players: (acting)
  • Atherton Band
  • Ukulele Group
  • Atherton Chorus
  • Watercolor Class
  • Atherton Crafters
  • Wood working
  • Quilters
  • Oops Group: Jewelry
  • The Athertonian: (weekly newsletter)
  • Atherton Resident Writers Club
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