About 50 volunteers gathered to help “Put the Garden to Bed” during the Lendonwood Gardens fall workday on Saturday, November 2. The group included many members of Grove Rotary, who traditionally participate in the twice-yearly workday.

“We are extremely grateful to the Rotarians and all volunteers who helped us get the garden ready for the winter season,” said Jim Reynolds, workday coordinator. “This year, we had some unusual circumstances that added to our cleanup needs.”

In June, the garden’s rental house was struck by lightning and burned down. In August, a major windstorm toppled five large trees, crushing several understory trees and shrubs.  Later, another windstorm blew over a large tree onto a picnic pavilion for a total loss.

Nevertheless, Reynolds said, the volunteers took care of all the workday jobs, from spreading mulch to planting shrubs to demolition.

“I can’t thank them enough,” he said.  “Lendonwood is totally dependent on volunteer help. We have no paid staff and rely on donations, gate receipts, memberships and volunteer labor to keep the garden open.”

Some volunteers brought tractors to help remove logs sawed from downed trees and the debris from the crushed picnic pavilion. Others simply showed up to lend a helping hand. The group included members of Interact, the Rotary-sponsored high-school organization, as well as members of local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

“We also are grateful to local groups that donated food and water to the effort,” Reynolds said. “Our Grove Harps Food Store provided tasty donuts for our breakfast as well as hot dog buns for our lunch. Grandwood Assisted Living baked their wonderful cookies for us, and Grove Dental Associates provided bottled water to keep us all hydrated.”

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.


Volunteers gather for a photo shot before tackling the Lendonwood Gardens “Put the Garden to Bed” fall workday on November 2. The group accomplished many jobs, ranging from planting shrubs to clearing debris to demolishing a damaged picnic pavilion.

Grove Rotarian Tom Sanders tills a raised bed for next year’s Earth Day when Grove third-graders will plant zinnias in the garden.

Alex Oropeza, a member of Interact, helps spread mulch during Lendonwood Gardens’ “Put the Garden to Bed” fall workday on November 2.  Interact is a high-school organization sponsored by Grove Rotary.