Grace Living Center resident brings gardens to life

Forrest Hill, a resident at Grace Living Center-Wilshire in Oklahoma City, tends the gardens surrounding the home at 505 E Wilshire Blvd.
BY SUSAN SIMPSON Published: April 21, 2012
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Every day is Earth Day for Forrest Hill, a resident at Grace Living Center-Wilshire in Oklahoma City.

Hill, 88, is known affectionately as the “little farmer” because he enjoys taking care of the gardens surrounding the home at 505 E Wilshire Blvd.

“He's got a green thumb,” home administrator Gail Chapa said. “He loves to garden.”

Under Hill's care, the grassy area behind the center comes alive with red roses, purple and yellow irises, pink petunias and lush shrubbery. Crepe myrtles, Swiss chard and daffodils also thrive.

Hill planted many of the flowers. He waters them every day and helped lay the paving stones around the flower beds. Hill said he's always had his hands in the soil.

When he was growing up in Pennsylvania, his family raised vegetables to sell at a roadside stand. After his father died when Hill was 13, the farm became his responsibility. He used a horse-drawn plow to prepare the soil and milked a dozen cows every day by hand.

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