1308 West 13th Street (Har-Ber Road)

Grove, Oklahoma  74344


October 19, 2018

Contact:  Jim Reynolds, 918-787-6065


Lendonwood Gardens is looking for volunteers of any age or ability to help “Put the Garden to Bed” on Saturday, October 27.  At the annual fall workday, community members are invited to help prepare the botanical garden for the winter.

Several members of the Grove Rotary Club lend a helping hand at workdays, but others in the community also are needed, said Jim Reynolds, coordinator of the event.  “As they say, many hands make light work – and we have fun while serving the community.  Thanks to Rotary and other volunteers, Lendonwood continues as a true gem of our community.”

Reynolds added that Lendonwood attracts tourists as well as local residents to enjoy its plant-life in all seasons, adding to the quality of life enjoyed by the Grand Lake community.

The workday often draws families with older children who lend a hand, Reynolds said.  Volunteers typically include several young people, such as local Boy Scouts and members of Interact, the student organization affiliated with Rotary.

“Green thumbs are not required, just a willingness to pitch in,” he said.  “Not everyone can stay for the entire time, but we appreciate any amount of time.”

Volunteers should gather at 8:30 a.m. by the barn at the back of the garden for donuts and coffee, as workday teams are formed.  Jobs typically range from light work tasks to heavy-equipment operation.

This year, workday tasks will include cleaning benches, building and repairing walkways, cleaning the Angel of Hope statue, washing the gatehouse door and windows, repairing and building fences, pouring concrete pad for bench, spreading gravel in pathways and working on the sprinkler system. Volunteers also will tackle such jobs as weeding, removing vines, clearing the Children’s Garden, pruning shrubs and trees, picking up twigs and dead branches, covering the stream with leaf netting, removing the greenhouse cover, and staining concrete bench pads, among other tasks.

Supplies for the various projects will be available, although volunteers should bring their gloves and wear comfortable work clothes.  The workday is usually completed by about 2 p.m.

Lunch will be provided by Lendonwood volunteers and Grandwood Assisted Living.

In case of bad weather, the fall workday will be held on Saturday, November 3.  For more information about the October 27 workday, contact Lendonwood Gardens at 918-786-2938.

Lendonwood is an eight-acre public botanical garden located at 1308 Har-Ber Road in Grove.  Major collections include azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, Japanese maple trees, hostas, daylilies and evergreen trees. The garden draws visitors from throughout the U.S. and around the world.