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One of the Gardens' first volunteer organizations is the Lendonwood League. Members of the League serve as volunteer guides, escorting small groups and bus-tour groups through the Gardens. League members are trained to share information about the history of the Gardens, the plantings and the Japanese Pavilion, as well as answering any questions that arise. Members often host visitors with tea service in the Pavilion.
We invite you to become part of the Lendonwood League today. Please let us know of your interest by completing the Lendonwood Volunteer Opportunities form available on-line. You may print out the form, fill it out, and mail it to Lendonwood Gardens, P.O. Box 450542, Grove, OK 74345. If you have any questions, please contact Lendonwood at 918-786-2938.
The Gardens became a non-profit corporation, Lendonwood Gardens, Inc., in January 1997, when Dr. Miller donated the property for operation by the corporation.
The corporation by-laws state that the purpose of the gardens is to: Provide a non-profit, educational, scientific association for the public to stimulate activity and bring together those persons interested in gardening and botanical research; Provide horticultural information to members and the general public; Assist the members and the general public in botanical gardening and research; Assist beginners in organizing their botanical gardening efforts.
In December 2001, Lendonwood Gardens, Inc., purchased adjacent land and property from Dr. Miller to enhance the Gardens' plantings and educational services. The adjacent five acres, which included Dr. Miller's former home and surrounding gardens, allowed room for significantly expanded garden space and eventually may be used to help resolve some parking and visibility issues.
Also, located in this area of the Gardens is the Angel of Hope statue, which was placed here to commemorate lost loved ones, especially children. An annual memorial service is held at the statue on December 6. For more information about the Angel of Hope, click here.
We invite you to become a member of Lendonwood Gardens and help maintain this botanical treasure in Grove. The purposes of the gardens are to preserve and display unusual and rare plants and to provide horticulture research so that these plants may be used on a routine basis in home landscaping.
You can help us reach these goals by becoming a member of Lendonwood Gardens. Memberships help us pay for materials such as flowers, seeds and fertilizer and for labor and maintenance in the garden.
Lendonwood Gardens depends on your support for its preservation and maintenance. Thank you for your contribution to the future of Lendonwood.
Corporate: $1,500 and up.
Garden Party for 25; unlimited visits to the garden for member, family, and guests.
Sponsor: $500 and up.
Personal guided tour of garden for up to 20; unlimited visits for members, family, and guests.
Friend: $150 and up.
Unlimited visits to the garden for member, family, and guests.
Family: $50 and up.
Unlimited visits to the garden for member and family.
Individual: $30 and up.
Unlimited visits to the garden for member.
***Members also are entitled to a discount on garden rental and events.Download a Lendonwood Gardens Membership Form (PDF).
Lendonwood Gardens depends heavily on the contribution of time and effort by a cadre of volunteer gardeners to help maintain the beauty and growth of plantings in the six-acre public botanical garden.
Volunteer gardeners help plant, fertilize, mulch, prune and weed to help Lendonwood retain its appeal as one of the finest small botanical gardens in the four-state area. Coordinated by Linda Moore of Grove, a Master Gardener, the group is trained in good gardening techniques as they volunteer their time.
Each Wednesday and Thursday have been designated "Gardening Days" at Lendonwood, with volunteers contributing as much time as they wish. Some volunteers may garden an hour or two, and others may spend three to four hours. Any level of assistance in maintaining Lendonwood's beauty is greatly appreciated.
Timing of group gardening efforts will vary with the weather. The group usually meets at 10 a.m. during April, May, September and October. During the hotter months of June, July and August, the group starts gardening at 8 a.m.
A few volunteers elect to work independently after completing an orientation. Some volunteers prefer to help with bigger projects and can be contacted when some special effort is needed.
We invite you to become part of the Lendonwood Gardeners today. Please let us know of your interest by completing the Lendonwood Volunteer Opportunities form available on-line. You may print out the form, fill it out, and mail it to Lendonwood Gardens, P.O. Box 450542, Grove, OK 74345. If you have any questions, please contact Lendonwood at 918-786-2938.
The Master Gardener program is part of a national effort to enhance public education in consumer horticulture through the use of volunteers. In 2002, Lendonwood Gardens joined with the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service to organize a Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Twenty-five students were selected for the initial 10-week training program.
Since then, the OSU program has graduated many Grand Lake area residents who have contributed thousands of hours of volunteer service to the community. Many of the volunteer hours were completed at Lendonwood Gardens.
Volunteers in the Master Gardener program gain useful information and skills to benefit them personally as gardeners. More importantly, they are able to interact with other gardening enthusiasts, help their community and develop a resource base of information.
In Delaware County, Master Gardeners participate in monthly planning and training meetings to organize volunteer activities and gain further specialized training. Some of the volunteer services they have provided include diagnosing plant, insect and disease problems for other gardeners in the community, organizing local Arbor Day events, assisting Leach, Oklahoma, elementary school, Children Learn from the Garden program and participation in the Downtown Grove Revitalization Committee.
The Delaware County Extension office can provide additional information about the Master Gardener program and the next Master Gardener class. The Extension office can be reached at: 918-253-4332.
The future of Lendonwood Gardens depends on the support of donors who value the role of a unique botanical garden as a resource for the community and education. A non-profit corporation, Lendonwood is maintained through private gifts and volunteer labor.
In the next few years, private support will play an even more significant role as the Gardens expands in size and plantings. Lendonwood Gardens, Inc., has purchased five acres of adjacent land and property, the former home of Lendonwood designer and benefactor Dr. Leonard Miller. The property will provide needed space for expanding educational programs for children and adults, as well as a place for community events of all types. The additional five acres will resolve some parking and visibility issues, while allowing room for significantly expanded garden space.
"We hope all members of the community will participate fully in the future of Lendonwood Gardens," said Jim Reynolds, President of the Lendonwood Board of Directors. "In order for Lendonwood to flourish as a resource for the area, the community must be engaged with the Gardens."
“Lendonwood truly has become a gem in the Grand Lake area, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Those visits have a very positive economic impact on the entire area."
Lendonwood offers a number of opportunities for investment in its future, including:
1. Endowment Fund: Contributions to the endowment fund help assure the long-term success of Lendonwood. Interest from the principal is used for continued support of the Gardens.
2. Lendonwood Expansion Project: Gifts to the expansion project are used to help fund the recent purchase of adjacent property, more than doubling the size of the Gardens.
3. A Gift of Nature: Gifts in memory or honor of individuals may be designated either for endowment or expansion funds.
4. Stocks, trusts, and bequests: The Lendonwood Board of Directors is happy to work with individuals interested in supporting the Gardens through stocks, trusts, bequests and other gifts.
We invite you to consider investing in the future of Lendonwood Gardens, truly a "growth" opportunity. For more information, please contact Lendonwood at 918-786-2938.