Lendonwood Gardens

A Botanical Treasure in Northeast Oklahoma

Adults $5, Students $3
Free – Members and children 12 and under

Open year-round during daylight hours

About Lendonwood Gardens

Lendonwood Gardens is an eight-acre botanical garden near Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma. Shady pathways meander through more than 1,200 different types of plants, including an amazing collection of rhododendrons, many varieties of daylilies, and several varieties of dogwoods.

Lendonwood is home to the Oklahoma Garden, featuring “Oklahoma Proven” plantings as identified by Oklahoma State University. These are plants that thrive in our unpredictable climate.

Garden Accessibility

Much of the garden is accessible to people with disabilities. Several hardscaped pathways wind among flower beds and garden highlights, such as the Oklahoma Garden, Azalea Garden, and more. Work continues on adding new paved pathways every year.

In addition, for those needing a little more assistance, free golf-cart transportation is available when reserved one week in advance. Call 918-786-2938 to arrange for the cart and services of a Lendonwood driver. The cart holds up to four people, including the driver.

Guided Tours

Guided tours are available upon request. Groups wishing to schedule a tour should call 918-786-2938 for more information.

Maps and information for self-guided tours are available inside the entrance at the gatehouse.

Lendonwood Board of Directors – from left, Judy Scarriot, assistant treasurer; Margie Murphy, treasurer; Barbara Sparks, secretary; Jim Corbridge, vice president; and Roger Endo, president.

Board of Directors

Lendonwood Gardens is administered by an elected Board of Directors, whose mission is to ensure the continued success and development of the Gardens. The election of officers and Board members takes place each year at the Annual Meeting.

The continued success of Lendonwood Gardens can be attributed in large part to the dedication and contributions of many community-minded individuals, including those who serve on the Board of Directors. Lendonwood extends a warm “thank you” to each of them.

Lendonwood Board of Directors – Judy Scarriot, assistant treasurer; Margie Murphy, treasurer; Barbara Sparks, secretary; Jim Corbridge, vice president; and Roger Endo, president.

Other Members of the Board of Directors – Gary Daniels, Jim Corbridge, Melba Dagy, John Dunsworth, Ray Geis, Pauline Hale, Rick Miller, Jane Montgomery, Michele Norwood, Cindy Reynolds, Jim Reynolds, and Larry Toigo.

Lendonwood History

Lendonwood Gardens was founded in 1995 by Dr. Leonard Miller, a retired dentist in Grove, who designed and built the botanical garden that now attracts numerous visitors each year. Dr. Miller’s interest in Japanese gardening and horticulture resulted in a unique blend of American and Asian gardening cultures at Lendonwood. The major plantings took about 18 months to complete, but significant numbers of plants are added each year as the Gardens evolve.

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, placed here to commemorate lost loved ones, especially children. An annual memorial service is held at the statue on December 6.

Donate to Lendonwood Gardens

Lendonwood Gardens, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dependent on fund raising activities, charitable giving, and donations. Your donation will provide vital support to the Gardens.


Visitors will find several major collections of plants. Lendonwood is home to one of the largest collections of false cypress (Chamaecyparis) trees in the United States, totaling more than 80 varieties. Similar to red cedar, the evergreen false cypress is native to Japan, Taiwan, Canada and the U.S. Lendonwood has one of the largest collections of rhododendrons in the region, totaling about 250 varieties, adding drama and color in April and May.

Lendonwood features eight distinct gardens, each with a theme and atmosphere all its own. They include 25 varieties of dogwoods, 75 varieties of Japanese maples, 125 varieties of hostas, 200 varieties of conifers, and 25 varieties of viburnums. With more than 500 varieties of daylilies, Lendonwood has been designated a display garden for the American Hemerocallis (daylily) Society.

American Backyard Garden

Azalea Garden

Display Garden

English Terrace Garden

Japanese Pavilion

Oklahoma Garden

Oriental Garden

Angel of Hope

Inscribed bricks are $100 each.

Lendonwood Sponsored Events

Annual Members’ Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner @ Lendonwood Gardens
Sep 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

After a brief business meeting to elect officers, the evening honors the garden’s volunteers and supporters. Dinner is served. Open to Lendonwood members and volunteers.

Angel of Hope Candlelight Ceremony @ Lendonwood Gardens
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

With music and prayers, this candlelight observance remembers lost loved ones, especially children. Participants are given a white flower and votive candle for the short ceremony, which is open to the public. Hot chocolate and cookies are served afterwards.

Art in the Garden

Private Events at Lendonwood

Weddings and Special Events

Lendonwood Gardens provides a stunning backdrop for weddings and other special events. We welcome the opportunity to share the Gardens at these special moments in people’s lives. At a Lendonwood wedding, the beauty of the ceremony is enhanced by gorgeous flowering plants, towering oaks, richly textured evergreens, and lovely water features.

Amenities include a gazebo surrounded by rose gardens, an open-air Japanese pavilion overlooking a koi pond, and numerous spots for memorable photographs on the special day. Open grassy areas allow space for chairs, tables, bands and dancing. Electricity is available at key locations to offer romantic lighting for evening ceremonies and facilitate food service and music. The back entrance of the Gardens is close by, offering easy access for caterers, florists, musicians and those with mobility problems. Restrooms and additional parking also are located near the back entrance.

We look forward to sharing the beauty of the Gardens on your special day. Please call Lendonwood Gardens at 918-786-2938 for more information, to reserve a date or to arrange a tour.

Event Policies. In order to ensure Lendonwood’s spectacular beauty for enjoyment by everyone, we have established rental policies for use of the Gardens for weddings and special events. Please review the policies (Policy tab, below) in the early planning stages for any special event at Lendonwood.


Thank you for choosing Lendonwood Gardens. We hope you will enjoy the garden and treat it with special care. Lendonwood is a public garden, but it is maintained and funded solely by donations and volunteer labor. Following is our policy for special events in the garden.

Weddings and Large Groups

1. Calendar dates are reserved on a first-come, first-paid, first-served basis.

2. $450 Fee, plus $100 damage/date, both paid in advance holds date and 3-hour time block for garden wedding.

3. $550 Fee, plus $100 damage/date, both paid in advance, holds date and 3-hour time block for garden wedding if erecting a tent in the garden. Tents cannot be erected more than 4 hours prior to celebration in order to allow adequate sunlight to plantings. (Garden does not supply tent.)

4. $650 Fee, plus $100 damage/date, both paid in advance, holds date and 3-hour time block for garden wedding including use of the Japanese Pavilion.

5. $200 Fee, plus $100 damage/date deposit, both paid in advance, holds date and 3-hour time block for small wedding of fewer than 20 people, using the Japanese Pavilion only (price effective August 30, 2014).

6. Scheduling after 4 p.m. allows the most privacy, as the Gardens remain open to the public during the day.

7. Parties reserving the Garden are responsible for set-up and clean-up. Please leave the Gardens as clean as found. Damage/date will be returned if gardens are left in good shape.

8. It is requested that all food particles remaining from catered events be carefully bagged and removed from the garden as they attract animals and insects.

9. Veterans who are getting married receive a 15% discount.

10. Electricity is available throughout the grounds.

11. A Signed Rental Agreement, furnished for your signature at the time of event, must be on file.

Small Meetings

The Japanese Pavilion is available, to members only, for small meetings of under 12 people, for not more than 2 hours, weekdays only, for a fee of $35. The pavilion may also be rented for birthday parties, memorial services, and wedding vow renewals for a 2 hour period for no more than 50 people and a $100 fee.

We look forward to having you and your guests enjoy the beauty of Lendonwood Gardens. For further information, please contact Lendonwood at 918-786-2938.


Lendonwood Group Tours

Group tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the visit. Tours are led by a trained Lendonwood volunteer, who can provide a general overview of the Gardens, point out highlights, and answer questions throughout the tour.  In addition, group tour operators may wish to arrange, in advance, for tea to be served by Lendonwood volunteers in the Japanese Pavilion.

Lendonwood provides free parking for buses along the Gardens’ eastern boundary. Restrooms are located at the back of the Gardens.

To schedule a group tour, please contact Lendonwood at 918-786-2938. Please let us know of any special needs or interests of your group. We look forward to hearing from you.

Tour Rates

Tours groups will be charged as follows, inclusive of the $5.00 entrance fee:

  • Guided tours will be $8.00 per person (Fees collected by tour requestor, check or cash.)
  • Guided tours with tea & cookies $10.00 per person
  • Groups of 3 or less needing the golf cart will be $5.00 per person
  • Groups of more than 3 will be charged for a guided tour ($8.00) when requesting the golf cart.


Join Lendonwood


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.

Memberships and Benefits

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.

On-line Membership form.


Lendonwood Gardeners

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 Melba Dagy of Grove, a Master Gardener, the group is trained in good gardening techniques as they volunteer their time.

Each Wednesday has 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 our on-line Lendonwood Volunteer Opportunities form.



Investing in Lendonwood’s Future

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 includes four acres outside the wooden fence — space that is being developed as funds become available.  Eventually, the property, which includes the former home of Lendonwood founder Leonard Miller, will provide needed space for expanding educational programs for children and adults, as well as a place for community events of all types.  The space also allows us to address some parking and visibility issues, while providing room for expanded garden space.

“We hope all members of the community will participate fully in the future of Lendonwood Gardens,” said Jim Corbridge, 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.”

For More Information

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.

Complete the on-line Membership form (above) to select your desired membership level. You may pay for your membership using our on-line PayPal process. Use either your PayPal account or credit card of choice.

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Tickets are available now for the Lendonwood Gardens fundraiser, the Garden Party, set for Friday, June 22, featuring a sit-down buffet, silent auction and lively music at the botanical garden in Grove. Gala tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased...

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Area artists and artisans are invited to reserve booths for showing and selling their works at the 2018 Art in the Garden show set for Saturday, May 5, in Lendonwood Gardens in Grove. Deadline for booth reservations is Saturday, April 28. There is no fee...

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Lendonwood Gardens

1308 West 13th St., Grove, OK 74345
Telephone: (918) 786-2938

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1308 Har-Ber Rd, Grove, OK 74344, USA

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