It was a good way to meet new people, and interact with the seniors. It was fun to hear what they have to say," he said.
Walsh was also very excited about the gift he and the other students presented to the seniors; five monarch butterfly cocoons inside a colorful zinnia plant that will hatch and be released into the wild.
Ford mentioned that Farnsworth does a similar project at the Teresian House Nursing Home in Albany. Next year, organizers are hoping to plant an entire butterfly garden at Atria.
For Boomhower, the gardening project is just one of many events she likes to plan to keep the seniors at Atria busy.
"I enjoy doing this so much," she said. "The seniors make me so happy, and I like to please them all the time."