The Gardens’ spring sale is here

IOTA – When The ARC of Acadiana, took over the Southwest La. Developmental Center in Iota, there was already a thriving nursing on the premises that offers a variety of trees, plants, shrubs and flowers.

They kept that large nursery, gladly and it has proved to be a great asset.

The Gardens is managed by Sherry Broussard and, under the guidance of helpful supervisors, nine clients work.

The clients of The ARC help grow and maintain various plants, shrubs and trees, as well as pottery, iron works and much more and help themselves as well.

“It gives them a chance to mingle, to feel independent and self-confident,” said Broussard.

Broussard loves working at The Gardens and with the clients.

“It’s so peaceful back here and they are great,” she said.

The Gardens is comprised of three greenhouses. It grows vegetable and bedding plants, shade trees, citrus and fruit trees, tropical plants, a large selection of shrubs and more, which those who knew of the nursery before The ARC of Acadiana took over would know of that.

But now they have pottery, iron works and many more things that are very popular.

All of these things are available at The Gardens, but a spring “opening,” or as they are calling it the Spring Tree and Plant Sale, will be held March 29-31, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. each day.

Now known as The Gardens, the nursery’s products are only part of the story, however. The Gardens is located at 224 Gremillion Circle in Iota.

The ARC of Acadiana, formally ARC of Iberia, is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The ARC was formed in 1954 by a group of parents from New Iberia. These parents wanted more opportunities for their children and began a day program with only five individuals.

Since then, it has grown exponentially to the tone of servicing 500 clients in Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry and Acadia parishes.

Their day programs, like that at The Gardens offer employment opportunities, as well as recreational and leisure activities.

The ARC also has set up small businesses, such as resale stores, and developed work contacts with businesses in the communities they service.

The ARC also offer staff and in-home care through its IFS and supported independent living and elderly waiver programs. These services are offered in five parishes.

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