4 News Now Extreme Team brightens day with ‘Gardening for Grands’

While Spokane hasn’t exactly felt like late spring this year, Mark Peterson and the 4 News Now Extreme Team hope to brighten the day of local seniors with the annual Gardening for Grands project on Tuesday.

The idea started during the pandemic when senior citizens in group homes and memory care facilities couldn’t see visitors and couldn’t get out to enjoy their favorite activities.

Mark Peterson wanted to give them something to do and the Gardening for Grands project was born.

In the first year, the Extreme Team built 12 gardening boxes that were easily accessible. In 2021, they built 16.

This year, they enlisted the help of Mr. Borland’s shop class at Highlands Middle School to design and build the boxes.

Sculptured Gardens donated the plants, which this year include strawberries, tomatoes and flowers.

Builders FirstSource supplied the cedar lumber.

Ace Hardware on Ash and Rown donated the bagged soil.

The Extreme Team will present the boxes and get the project started Tuesday.