Peaceful Surrounds Promote Recovery at PWC

PWC gardens

At a wellness and recovery center, peace and calm are important elements in the healing environment. The park area of Perry Wellness Center is designed to soothe the senses and create a sense of serenity. On a recent morning, the eastern sunrise, the sound of a running brook, and a burst of green and color in the garden greet center founder and CEO Stuart Perry.

“I love to come and walk through this area with the waterfall and brook,” he explains. “The lush foliage and sounds assure me of the goodness of the coming day.”

Stuart recalls how he established the center in honor of his father, whose suicide shattered his own life during his college years. As the sun rises higher, he reflects on this legacy.

“I had to learn the hard way about depression and what is causes,” he states. “I began Perry Wellness Center as a ‘helping hand’ to others who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse.”

While depression affected his life for many years, Stuart has found his way to recovery and strives for the same results for those who attend groups, meet with peer counselors, and stroll through the campus gardens.

“We are making progress in our mission of educating others about this sickness,” he notes. He believes the physical environment plays its own role in the process. The extensive plantings, water features, and garden structures were designed by artist and employee Jeff Williams to promote an atmosphere of quiet contemplation.

Stuart points to a waterside bench that has often been the site of one-on-one talks with peers.

“This place helps all of us relax and share our thoughts,” he concludes.

Early Morning Shopping Productive

Chet CrowleyEarly morning is a favorite shopping time for customers at farmer’s markets and roadside stands. Many shoppers carry on this tradition at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, where they beat the heat and get the best selection of fresh produce by stopping by early.

One recent early-morning visitor was Chet Crowley, a longtime customer at the market. He arrived in search of ripe tomatoes and blueberries.

“I try to visit open markets early,” he explained. “I like to have good selection, but with your tomato tables and baskets, I don’t think I have to rush. With all of these tomatoes, I will have no problem making my selections.”

As his hands filled with the morning’s selections, Mr. Crowley looked forward to sharing the produce with his wife. 

Tomatoes Galore at Happy Patch

Tomato inspectionSome time ago, Rudy’s Happy Patch Market adopted the tomato as its primary year-round vegetable of choice, and since then, staff have worked to ensure that a large supply is always on hand. This year, late spring/early summer tomatoes are particularly plentiful at the market.

“We are excited about the recent rains and the production of vegetables by our local farmers,” says Stuart Perry. “Our tomato plants at Rudy’s Happy Patch have been full of produce. It is tempting to walk through our market and select a tomato to eat, like an apple.”

With the huge inventory of tomatoes on hand, care is taken to first sort them by appearance and ripeness. The plump produce is then carefully packed in straw baskets.

Tomato basketsStuart explains, “Some of our customers like to visit our market and purchase a larger selection of tomatoes. We have put tomatoes in baskets, with special care to provide green, ripening, and ready-to-eat selections. This has been a popular way of selling our tomatoes.”

However they are displayed, this season’s tomatoes are delicious!

In the first photo above, Stuart Perry, staff member Cindy Corbin, and market manager Charles Tanner check a display for any blemished tomatoes. In the second, Charles, Cindy, and Stuart review the variety of tomatoes in baskets.

A Blooming Sign Solution

Flower Bucket SignsSometimes the solution to a problem makes the problem worth having. Such was the case at Perry Wellness Center when a sign placement problem had a perfect solution.

The roadside along East Furlow Street, adjacent to Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, is now too hard to accept our normal display signs – the type whose metal “legs” are planted into the earth. Despite the recent abundance of rain, the earth refused to budget on our little corner.

After some thought, Perry Wellness Center founder and CEO Stuart Perry and an enterprising manager, Kelly Jansen, came up with a solution that not only advertised market produce but provided a visual display of one of the market’s most popular items – Knockout roses. As readers can see from the photo above, the signs legs were placed in buckets of the roses, whose planting soil provided a more yielding environment.

Stuart is pleased with the results, saying, “The solution to this problem for sign display seems to work. We can also place the vegetable and fruit displays along with the popular roses. This will remind passersby and customers of our inventory.”

In the photo, the new signs and holders await placement along the streets adjacent to Happy Patch Market, where they will welcome visitors with a message in true living color.

Introducing the Canna Lily

Canna Lilies

The campus of Perry Wellness Center seeks to be a welcoming place, with growing plants, garden structures, colorful signage, and water features throughout. For visitors using the lower level parking lot, the PWC experience begins before even leaving the car.

There, the upper garden wall is a riot of Canna lilies. This brightly colored perennial displays tropical foliage and large flowers shaped like irises. Petal colors include red, yellow, and orange, while foliage may be green, maroon, bronze, or variegated. Staff believe that the variety covering the garden wall is the Florence Vaughan lily.

Canna lilies bring a touch of exotic shapes and long-lasting colors to any garden. As a bonus, they are low-maintenance plants and quite easy to grow. Our favorite garden plants are a combination of showy and hardy, and canna lilies are a perfect example.

We encourage market visitors to check out our “wall of flowers” while they are in the area.

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  531. It Takes a Community
  532. Farmers Feed and Seed Provides Peer Opportunity
  533. A Little Hocus Pocus
  534. Peer Realizes Dream as Volunteer Fire Fighter
  535. Seeds of Plenty Decorations Highlight Fall Gardens
  536. Going Green for Mental Illness Awareness
  537. "Coach Stuart" Promotes Fitness on Campus
  538. Fire Pit Offers Spot for Warm Conversation
  539. Pupils and Pumpkins!
  540. Have Bike, Will Travel
  541. Fall Campus Improvements Underway
  542. Journey for Life Anniversary Race Scheduled
  543. Fall Market Outing a Family Experience
  544. Willie Pryor Is Dedicated Peer
  545. High Marks Again for Cafeteria Staff
  546. Sam's Shortline Visit a Weekend Success
  547. Sam's Shortline Railroad Comes to PWC
  548. Business Leader & Proud Family Man Supports PWC
  549. Peer Spotlight: Tim Davenport
  550. PWC Peer Wins Top Medal in 5K Run
  551. Fall Market Sale Continues
  552. Labor Day: Remember Employment Needs of All
  553. Fall Color, Savings Available at Market
  554. Information on Child Abuse Shared at Center
  555. Student and Teacher Promote Better Learning at PWC
  556. Island Festivities Highlight Campus Celebration
  557. 16 PWC Staff & Peers Attend GMHCN Conference
  558. Thomasville Couple Visits PWC Regularly
  559. Helping Hand Fountain New Home to Giant Koi
  560. Fresh Shelled Peas Dominate Market Demand
  561. PWC Peers and Staff Run in Historic Footsteps
  562. Family & Farming: Local Grower Enjoys Benefits
  563. Kaylon Holt: Popping a Top to Help Others
  564. From Patient to Provider: Mulkey McMichael
  565. Harvesting the "Fruits of Our Efforts"
  566. Sumter Sheriff a Favorite Market Patron
  567. Peers Harvest and Preserve Garden Produce
  568. Produce Program Expands to Tazewell
  571. Roll Out the Barrel!
  572. Marketing the Market: Peas for Sale with Area Vendors
  573. It's Tomato Time!
  574. Market Customers Brave HOT Weather
  575. Kenneth Christmas: Master Cook
  576. PWC Supports Sarah Cobb Elementary
  577. It's a Red, White, and Blue Celebration
  578. Newest Campus Creation Offers Helping Hand
  579. "Peas, Peas, I Love Peas!"
  580. The Fine Art of Weeding
  582. Agrium Project in Bloom
  583. GSW Student Brings Yoga Practice to PWC
  584. Welcome to New Market Staff
  585. Agrium Planting Project Continues
  586. Grover Thornton Tends to Summer Plants
  587. Chase Farm Corn Arrives!
  588. Smiling Customers Explore Happy Patch Plants
  589. Peer Spotlight: Jeanette Williams
  590. Agrium Garden Project Continues to Grow
  591. Larger Trees Now Available at Market
  592. Mike Harper Shares Planting Talents
  593. Snow Peas for Summer: Nutritional Awareness Promoted at Market
  594. Five Fun Facts about Our Own E.T.!
  595. Bill Perry a Loyal Customer at Market
  596. Adventist Community Services Makes Monthly Donation
  597. New Greenhouse Tribute to Community Involvement
  598. The First Taste of Summer
  599. Noah Cochran Promotes Fitness at PWC
  600. Tennis, Anyone?
  601. At 55, No Speed Limit for Stuart Perry
  602. Service Providers Make Difference in Community
  603. Brad Clark Shares Faith with Others
  604. HIV/AIDS Educator Provides Valuable Information
  605. Arts in the Park a Success
  606. Wagons Ho!
  607. Peer Art Featured at "Arts in the Park"
  608. Executive Tasks: Stuart Perry Goes His Own Way
  609. 10,000 Tab Tops and Counting!
  610. Growing Together/Feeding the World
  611. "Spring Has Sprung" at Market
  612. James Goss Demonstrates Market Cheer & Dedication
  613. Edward Thomas Is Forceful Wellness Advocate
  614. Product Display Is Vital Market Activity
  615. "Knock Out" Roses Fill Happy Patch Market
  616. Seasoned Firewood Available at Discount
  617. Spring Plant Care in Full Swing
  618. Getting Steamed at PWC
  619. Last Pecans of Season Available at Market
  620. Spring Cleaning Takes on New Meaning
  621. Chris Wheeler Joins Market Team
  622. New "European-Style" Greenhouse Nears Completion
  623. Creative Successes Continue at PWC
  624. Spring Brings Color and Market Specials
  625. Sunny Days Promote Outdoor Learning at PWC
  626. PWC Rolls Out Clean Welcome Mat
  627. Crisis Intervention Team Enjoys Campus Visit
  628. Mental Health Moment: Postpartum Depression
  629. Mentoring: Tech-Savvy Peer Makes Strides
  630. A Fond Farewell to Winter Gardening
  631. Artist Jeff Williams Promotes Creative Mentorship at PWC
  632. Pam Perry Involved in Leadership of WHAM Program
  633. Adventist Community Services Continues Food Deliveries
  634. Late Winter Market Blossoms
  635. Art Education, Mentorship Expand
  636. Valentine's Gala Promotes Partnership and Celebration
  637. Creative Display Boards Brighten Campus
  638. Peers & Staff Share Learning & Teaching
  639. Loomwork Creativity on Display
  640. "Peers Helping Peers" Is Heart of PWC
  641. PWC Kitchen Staff Expands
  642. WHAM Participants Enjoy Winter Exercise
  643. Glass Greenhouse to Brighten PWC Campus
  644. Peers Display Unique Creative Designs
  645. Scent of Cedar Fills the Air at PWC
  646. Firewood Is Latest Winter Market Item
  647. January Is Mental Wellness Month
  648. Market Still Vibrant in Winter
  649. Market Begins Early Preparations for Spring
  650. Runner Undertakes His Own Journey for Mental Health
  651. It's Addiction Recovery Awareness Day
  652. A YARN Worth Telling
  653. Resolutions and Risk Reduction: Top Six Actions for Better Health
  654. PWC Plans for New Year
  655. Peers Receive Holiday Food Bags
  656. Tips for a Healthier You in 2014
  657. Perfect Attendance Rewarded
  658. Festive Christmas Lunch Enjoyed at PWC
  659. Americus Civitans Bring Christmas Spirit
  660. Christmas Celebrations Fill Day and Night at PWC
  661. Cheer Up the Blues Almost Here!
  662. Peer Mentoring Brings Special Holiday Gift
  663. Peer Spotlight: Laurie Hildreth
  664. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!
  665. PWC Hosts RESPECT Seminar
  666. Re-TREE-ving Lives Is Unique Christmas Parade Theme
  667. Seasonal Food Bags Bring Holiday Cheer
  668. Holiday Season Includes Fun & Learning
  669. Dressing for the Occasion
  670. A Thanksgiving Wish
  671. Peer Spotlight: Bible on Parade
  672. Healthy & Delicious: Fuyu Persimmons
  673. Healthy Eating Vital to Wellness and Recovery
  674. A Lesson in Pumpkin-Craft
  675. Group Attends Georgia Peer Support Institute
  676. Striking Back Against Hunger
  677. Community Spotlight: Johnny Shiver Provides Unique Support
  678. Georgia Advocate Shares Personal Story
  679. Peer Spotlight: Essie Fulks
  680. Wanda Liles Makes Wishes Come True
  681. PWC Celebrates Spirit Week
  682. Stigma Can Be Scary
  683. A Tale of Two Walks: Minister and Mental Health Advocate Meet
  684. PWC Participates in Farm to Fork Gala
  685. "Skeleton" Crews Learns Life Skills
  686. PWC Participates in Andersonville Fair
  687. October Is Mental Illness Awareness Month
  688. Treadmill Record Set at Center
  689. The Scarecrows Are Here!
  690. Getting Ready for Autumn Fires
  691. Peer Spotlight: Javin Baker
  692. Birthdays Are Special at PWC
  693. Clothes Closet Provides Assistance to Peers
  694. PWC Weekly Schedule Requires Advance Planning
  695. Fall Exercise at PWC
  696. Water, Water Everywhere!
  697. Promoting Your Child's Mental Health
  698. September Is for Celebrating Recovery
  699. Peer Provides Lesson in Integrity
  700. National Suicide Prevention Week Is Here
  701. Local Physician Supports Center
  702. Market Ready for Fall Season
  703. National Recovery Month Focuses on Pathways to Wellness
  704. GSW Student Nurses Visit Campus
  705. Peer Spotlight: Artist at Work
  706. Guilt-Free Southern Cooking
  707. Media Matters: Sharing the Journey
  708. Pulling Our Weight with Fitness Program
  709. James Goss Achieves Educational Goal
  710. Lions Club and Peers Provide Mutual Support
  711. Koi Pond Enhances Peaceful Campus
  712. Visitors Provide Time for Sharing
  713. Wellness Walk Helps Keep the Pace
  714. Jeff Williams Recognized for Community Contributions
  715. Crisis Intervention Team Trainees Visit Campus
  716. Peers Attend RESPECT Institute Seminar
  717. PWC Traces Its Roots
  718. Rudy Hayes Visits PWC
  719. Creativity Corner
  720. Peer Shows Leadership in Learning & Teaching Reading Skills
  721. "First Couple" of PWC Celebrates Anniversary
  722. Summer Barbecue: Thanks to Civitans!
  723. Book Loving Peer Teaches Life Lesson
  724. Giving Back Part of Recovery
  725. Peacemakers Campers Tour PWC
  726. Happy Fourth of July!
  727. First Methodist Youth Group Visits Center
  728. Shelling Out Summer Produce
  729. Mealtimes: Finding the Right Balance
  730. The Art of Creative Expression
  731. Flower Tower Power
  732. Peer Member Reflects on Early Years -- Part III
  733. Peer Member Reflects on Early Years -- Part II
  734. Peer Member Reflects on Early Years at PWC
  735. PWC Peer Pays It Forward as Reading Tutor
  736. Watermelon Salsa!
  737. Summer's Finest Fruit Is Here!
  738. Men Are Creative, Too!
  739. Customer Service Part of PWC Market Outreach
  740. Local Nursing Students Visit PWC
  741. 7 Tips for Reducing Stress
  742. Albany CSB Group Tours Campus
  743. Time for Tomatoes
  744. Great Taste, Low Costs, Good Nutrition -- It's Breakfast at PWC!
  745. Gideons Share Bibles with Peers
  746. Mental Health Month Daily Tip
  747. Peer's Spring Planting Teaches Lesson in Recovery
  748. "Peers Helping Peers" in Action
  749. PWC Peer Places 1st in Area Run
  750. PWC Welcomes New Horizons Staff
  751. Pathways to Wellness: A Healthy Diet
  752. Community Event Draws Visitors to Market
  753. Older Adults Reach Out for Mental Health Treatment
  754. New Flower Towers Grace Hope Park
  755. Plant Education
  756. All in the Family: Peer Profile
  757. Creativity Blooms Alongside Plants at Market
  758. Double Trouble Offers Double the Support
  759. A Taxing Day? Get Some Stress Relief
  760. Rainy Days and Fridays (Never Get Us Down)
  761. WRAP Program a Favorite Recovery Guide at PWC
  762. Token System Provides More than Token Results
  763. Lessons Learned: Water Conservation and Plant Care
  764. April in Bloom
  765. 10 Things: Amanda Perry
  766. Monitoring Progress through Documentation
  767. Wanted: Reading Mentors
  768. Hanging Baskets Are in Bloom
  769. Area Law Enforcement Visit PWC during Crisis Intervention Training
  770. Peer Mentors Promote Reading Comprehension
  771. WHAM Program Brings New Opportunities
  772. Fighting Germs at PWC
  773. Hangin' in the Greenhouse
  774. Teens and Addiction - New Links
  775. Greenhouse Prep Work in Progress
  776. Spring Preparations Continue
  777. Spring Greens on the Way
  778. Males and Eating Disorders
  779. Take Action to Stop Eating Disorders
  780. Artistic Value Is Priceless at PWC
  781. Puzzle Pieces and Knitting Needles Make for Creative Partnerships
  782. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Almost Here
  783. Manson Markette Works His Magic on PWC Grounds
  784. APA Cites Little Medical Guidance in Stress Management
  785. Save Energy; Save Money!
  786. Award-Winning Collards Recipe
  787. Blue Argo Offers Unique Gift to PWC
  788. PWC Intern Promotes Respect for the Environment
  789. PWC Team Wins Area Cook-Off
  790. Collard and Cornbread Cook-Off: Don't Forget!
  791. Net Results
  792. We're Growing!
  793. Legacy Walls: A Look Back
  794. Going Green: Collards and Competition
  795. An Artful Health Reminder
  796. Second Harvest: Pecans in Demand at Market
  797. Keeping the #1 New Year's Resolution
  798. "Recycle and Reuse" in Action at PWC
  799. Americus Banker "Pays It Forward"
  800. Local Civic Group Brings Holiday Cheer
  801. Community Spotlight: Local Businessman Gives Back
  802. Building a Sense of Community
  803. Winners Announced in PWC Gasoline Raffle
  804. 9 Holiday Depression Busters
  805. Walk 27 to Honor Shooting Victims
  806. 11 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Depression Triggers
  807. Cheer Up the Blues Is Big Success
  808. PWC a Christmas Parade Winner
  809. Equation for Wellness
  810. Cheer Up the Blues 2012 Coming Soon
  811. PWC Reps Attend Georgia Peer Support Institute
  812. No Rain Delays at PWC!
  813. Wellness Program under Expansion
  814. Beating the Holiday Blues: Part I
  815. Thanksgiving Offers Food for the Spirit (and Healthy Appetites!)
  816. THANKS for GIVING: Volunteers Make the Season Bright
  817. Going Green with Unique Garden Mulch
  818. Ten Tips for Better Mental Health
  819. Judicial Rep Tours PWC
  820. One Man's Anti-Smoking Campaign
  821. Net-Working at PWC
  822. Ready for Our Close-Up
  823. Pecan Harvest Prompts Holiday Baking
  824. Mental Health Wellness Week Almost Here
  825. New Peer Specialists Certified
  826. The Blueberry Connection
  827. Stuart Perry Speaks at Town Hall Meeting
  828. PWC Recognized for Best Practices
  829. Home Safe Home
  830. Six Exercise Essentials
  831. Joining Hands to Beat Mental Illness
  832. PWC Learns Fire Safety Tips from Local Experts
  833. Congratulations to DJ!
  834. PWC Promotes Healthy Environment
  835. Double Trouble to Double Recovery
  836. National Depression Screening Day
  837. Fall Fair Fun!
  838. Sowing the Seeds for Harvest Bounty
  839. Birthdays Provide Opportunity for Emotional Benefits
  840. National Depression Screening Day Is Next Week
  841. Peer Profile: Artist at Work
  842. They're Baaack -- Global Outreach Lends a Hand
  843. Fall Ramblings
  844. Hog Wild for Fitness
  845. An A+ for Effort
  846. Commemorating Suicide Prevention Week
  847. The Scarecrows Are Coming!
  848. September 11: A Time to Remember
  849. Fall Market Update
  850. PWC Reps Attend State Consumer Conference
  851. Happy Patch Market Prepares for Autumn Season
  852. Rosalynn Carter Visits Perry Wellness Center
  853. Planting a Seed of Hope
  854. Intern Promotes Social Contact for Mental Health Peers
  855. Peer Profile: Bible Study in the Garden
  856. Meditation Arbor Provides both Shade and Inspiration
  857. Lesson in Leadership
  858. Follow the Red Brick Road
  859. Local Food Vendors Support Happy Patch Market
  860. Global Outreach Ministries Students Provide Assistance at PWC
  861. 90 Minutes to Better Mental Health
  862. Wellness Tip: The Sounds of Nature
  863. Teamwork, Physical Activity, Friendly Competition: Let the Games Begin!
  864. Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network A Voice for Many
  865. Carter Center Celebrates 30 Years of Mental Health Focus
  866. More Healthy Eating for Summer
  867. Hope Park Provides Quiet Oasis
  868. FACTS: Mental Illness & Violence
  869. Healthy Eating -- Caprese Salad
  870. How Does Your Garden Grow?
  871. In the Cards
  872. Lessons of the Geese
  873. Lowe's Provides Garden Equipment to PWC
  874. For the Birds
  875. Stand Up for Your Health
  876. New Hours at Happy Patch Market
  877. PWC Participates in Local "Farm to Fork" Benefit
  878. Get Ready for a Farm to Table July 4th Cook-Out
  879. Stress Buster: Taking a Time Out
  880. Local Support Always Welcome
  881. June Is Men's Health Month
  882. Divine Bovine
  883. "Journey for Life" Re-Issued: Book Signing Planned
  884. Politicians and Potting Soil
  885. Ah, Summer Peas!
  886. Trash and Treasure
  887. Try "Mood Foods"!
  888. Wellness: The Mind-Body Connection
  889. Lives Restored: Faces of Recovery
  890. June Is for Healthy Eating
  891. Green Thumb Dads
  892. Silent No More: May Is Mental Health Month
  893. Welcome to The Peer Post


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