Life in Bloom

In an effort to stay active while staying home at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Horizon resident Cheryl jumped into action. Finding the confidence to try her hand at gardening, Cheryl’s balcony became more than a safe haven. With fresh fruits and vegetables in full bloom, Cheryl’s spirits also flourished despite the uncertainty.

Cheryl never had the space or sunshine to explore her gardening talents before moving into her balcony unit at Heritage Gardens last November. When COVID-19 struck and health authorities advised people to stay home, Cheryl decided now was the time to try her hand at gardening. In just a few short weeks, Cheryl transformed her balcony into a sanctuary full of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers!

“Having a place to experiment with new hobbies was a blessing during COVID. I was able to stay busy, find a new skill, and save a few trips to the grocery store!” says Cheryl.

Cheryl moved to Calgary in 1998 with three of her four kids, all the way from Montréal. Ever since, she’s been working at the Calgary Stampede, now as a Guest Ambassador. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and despite the unprecedented cancellation of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, at 74 years young, Cheryl has channeled her energy into cultivating a beautiful sanctuary – from the comfort and safety of home.