Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to Lendonwood Gardens to help “Wake Up the Garden” on Saturday, March 30.  The annual spring workday, sometimes drawing up to 70 people, helps get the botanical garden ready for the tourist season.

“It’s not necessary to be an experienced gardener for volunteers to make a huge difference at Lendonwood,” said Jim Reynolds, coordinator of the workday.  “There’s a wide variety of tasks, from light to heavy-duty.  We’ll match up teams of people with the appropriate level of chores.

“Besides that, it’s a lot of fun,” Reynolds said.

Typically, the event has drawn members of Grove Rotary, youth groups, church groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, business employees and other community-minded volunteers.  Some companies encourage staff members to become involved in community service, like Lendonwood’s workdays.

Reynolds said specific projects will include such jobs as mulching flower beds, staining benches and fences, painting, repairing signs, planting new plants, dividing daffodils, installing a greenhouse cover, building fence, installing pathway pavers, picking up downed branches and weeding, among other tasks.

Volunteers are asked to gather at 8:30 a.m. by the barn at the back of the garden for donuts, provided by Harps Food Store, and coffee.  Supplies for the various projects will be available on site, although volunteers should bring their gloves and wear comfortable work clothes.

Lunch will be provided, including cookies provided by Grandwood Assisted Living.  The workday usually concludes at about 2 p.m., but any amount of volunteer time is appreciated, Reynolds said.

Each year, Lendonwood draws several thousand tourists, coming to see colorful azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese maples, daylilies, hostas, dogwoods, peonies and many more plantings.  Popular stops include the Oklahoma Garden, featuring plants that thrive in the state’s variable climate.  Other highlights are the Japanese Pavilion, koi pond, Hummingbird Garden and the Angel of Hope Statue and Garden.

In case of inclement weather, “Wake Up the Garden” will be held on Saturday, April 6.

For more information about the March 30 workday, contact Lendonwood Gardens at 918-786-2938.

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