The annual “Put the Garden to Bed” fall workday at Lendonwood Gardens, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 26, has been postponed to Saturday, November 2, due to wet weather.

Jim Reynolds, Lendonwood board member and workday coordinator, said, “Recent rains have just made the garden too soggy for safe working conditions. Also, workdays often require the use of tractors, which could damage the grounds in wet weather.”

Plans for the new date are the same as usual, Reynolds said. “We invite community volunteers, including Rotarians, to join us at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts at the maintenance barn, where we’ll form teams for the various jobs.”

Lunch will be served, with the workday concluding by 2 p.m.

Gardening expertise is not necessary, just a willingness to pitch in for whatever amount of time people can spare, Reynolds said. There will be a wide variety of jobs, ranging from light tasks to heavy-equipment operation.

Lendonwood has been hit hard this past summer by natural disasters. Lightning struck the garden’s rental house on the grounds, causing a fire that destroyed the house.  Windstorms later toppled several large trees, destroying understory trees, shrubs and a picnic shelter. While much of the debris has been cleared, some of the fall workday’s jobs will continue the cleanup process.

Reynolds invited volunteers to bring their older children for a family day of community service. Tools will be supplied, but volunteers should wear comfortable work clothes and bring their gloves.

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