The Garlands welcomes birds & butterflies

Interior designers bring talent outdoors earning Conservation@Work certification for their business


Four years ago, interior design director Ann Pateros together with The Garlands’ assistant interior design coordinator Cindy Baldocchi offered to add landscaping to their arsenal of responsibilities to improve the quality of their members’ lives.

Wanting to bring back the natural wildlife for the enjoyment of their members, Ann and Cindy embraced native landscaping, installing marsh milkweed for monarch butterflies to lay eggs and bluebird houses to welcome their first families of bluebirds this past spring.serviceberryPlanting serviceberries to attract robins and cedar waxwings, and native wetland wildflowers to curb erosion while providing a refuge for frogs, these designing women have created an inviting place for members and their families as well as employees to take breaks in nature.

For those with a green thumb, The Garlands offers 32 raised planting beds for members to grow their own flowers and vegetables while a memory enhancement garden provides a variety of backyard herbs for members to simply enjoy. The Garlands’ executive chef, Nick Torres and his staff harvest homegrown, garden-fresh herbs and vegetables for seasonal specials in The Garlands’ four restaurants from the Chef’s Garden.

Providing a beautiful setting for members, their families, and employees to enjoy, The Garlands is not only making a difference for wildlife, but also, humanity.