As an old guy with two very bad knees, I can use all the enabling I can get. In my view the enabled raised beds pictured above come up far short of the mark (pun intended). They are located at the Rutgers University floriculture greenhouse in central New Jersey.
The timber framing is nice. You could sit on the edge. However, they should be much higher to be functional enabled planters for all old folks, particularly those who are disabled and move around in wheelchairs.
For example, the woman in the photo could be irrigating the bed by simply pouring water down the fill tube in the corner of a raised bed sub-irrigated planter.
For both horticultural and enabling reasons the beds should be sub-irrigated. They would be more productive and much easier to water for people of any age and physical condition.
I suggest also that they should have gotten some older people involved in the photo shoot than the ones I see in the photos. They don't know what old is.
Incidentally, if not for modern-day knee replacement surgery, I would soon be in a wheel chair or one of those motorized carts. It killed my knees to travel into Manhattan yesterday but good that my cardiologist cleared me for surgery. The next step is medical clearance at Hospital for Special Surgery on April 10 and if all goes well replacement surgery on my right knee on April 23, left knee 3-6 months later.
My qualtiy of life will zoom when I can get back to a daily one-hour walk with camera in hand, particularly the walk along the harbor.
Rutgers University hosted the Rotary International's Enabling Garden intitative at the Rutgers Floriculture Greenhouse. "Growing Lives One Seed at a Time" is a unique garden pilot intiative in 5 counties throughout Central New Jersey. People had the chance to build rain barrels, along with how to plant seedlings and plants. NEW BRUNSWICK ON FRI MAR 23,2012 MARK R. SULLIVAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER