Explore a Naturally Beautiful Campus
Since its beginnings, Meadowood has always been known for the exceptional beauty and scenic living of its campus, with its endless groves of trees, bursts of flowers and plants and abundance of local wildlife. Nestled into 131 sprawling acres in Worcester, Pennsylvania, the retirement community’s residential areas are filled with personal gardens, and its senior living community victory garden showcases a striking display of flowers, fruits, vegetables and ornamental trees. In 2009, the Philadelphia Horticultural Society recognized Meadowood for its stunning natural beauty. In 2018, Meadowood received the Norristown Garden Club’s prestigious Landscape Design Award for its Woodland Garden.
A Nature Preserve Rarely Found in Retirement Communities
The Meadowood Nature Preserve is an environmental initiative of Meadowood and the Worcester, PA, community to promote awareness, appreciation and improvement of our local natural resources. It is driven by the efforts of volunteers, residents and organizations that are committed to protecting our woodlands, streams and wetland areas. The Nature Preserve serves as an active resource for education, good citizenship and community outreach across multiple generations.
For more information about giving opportunities for the Meadowood Nature Preserve, please contact Jody LaVerdure, Director of Fund Development & Community Relations at (484) 991-1025.
In addition to maintaining the senior living campus, horticulturist Patti Loughridge (HTA) and the grounds staff help design, build and maintain resident gardens, planters and personal landscaping. Patti strongly promotes green initiatives throughout Meadowood and enjoys working with the seniors within our retirement community. Under her direction, the community offers several therapeutic programs that enable residents to benefit from the healing qualities of nature.
After working as a private gardener to more than 30 residents in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, Patti joined Meadowood in January 2005.
Patti is a graduate of Temple University, with a degree in Landscape Design. In 2007, she received her credentials as a horticultural therapy assistant (HTA) from the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA). A year later, she earned a certificate in horticultural therapy from Temple University. “Working at Meadowood is genuinely an enjoyable and rewarding experience, because I am working at what I love to do,” Patti said.