by | Oct 30, 2022

Volunteers gather for the traditional group photo before commencing work at Lendonwood Gardens’ annual “Put the Garden to Bed” fall workday on Saturday, October 29.  Nearly 60 volunteers tackled such jobs as painting, repairing fences, cleaning benches, skimming pine needles from the Koi Pond, and many other tasks.

Nearly 60 volunteers joined Lendonwood Gardens Saturday, October 29, in its annual effort to “Put the Garden to Bed” before a long winter’s sleep.  Community members and Grove Rotarians tackled a long list of tasks aimed at preparing the garden for next spring’s “wakeup.”

Although the garden remains open throughout winter, the changing seasons call for a number of maintenance activities.

Jobs included skimming pine needles from the Koi Pond, installing new ambient lighting in the Japanese Pavilion, clearing and tilling the Children’s Garden, building a stone fence, repairing the wooden fence, painting the entry gate, and a host of other tasks.

“It was a great day and our volunteers worked hard to get the garden ready for winter,” said Jim Corbridge, president of the Lendonwood Board of Directors.  “We are so grateful for the help, which makes such a difference.  Lendonwood depends on volunteer support and our community steps up to help.”

After coffee and donuts provided by Harps Food Store, workday coordinator Jim Reynolds welcomed volunteers and outlined plans for the day.  Individual team leaders were introduced and announced how many helpers they needed for their tasks.  The group quickly dispersed to specific projects, working until finished and then going back to the barn for more assignments.

Reynolds said that almost all the tasks on his list were completed.  “I always try to have more jobs than we have people, just in case someone gets finished and needs another task.  This year, we nearly finished the big list.”

Volunteers included people of all ages, from retirees to Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.  Youngsters helped collect hickory nuts from pathways, gather garden debris and spread mulch.

The group was called to lunch about 12 noon, where they enjoyed hotdogs grilled by board member Larry Toigo, and baked beans and homemade cookies prepared by board member Jane Montgomery.

Some volunteers worked after lunch, but most tasks were completed by 1:30 p.m.

Lendonwood is an eight-acre botanical garden with extensive collections of azaleas and rhododendrons, daylilies, Japanese maples, peonies, dogwoods and more.  Other highlights include the Oklahoma Garden, with its “Oklahoma Proven” examples of flowers, trees and shrubs; the Monarch Waystation, a space intended to attract Monarchs and other butterflies; and the Angel of Hope Statue and Garden, a place for quiet reflection in a woodland setting.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.  Entry is free for children under 12 and for members.  The Welcome Center and Gift Shop is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

Volunteers Chris Lietzke, left, and Ela Johnson had the right tools for cleaning out the Azalea Garden at Lendonwood Gardens’ “Put the Garden to Bed” fall workday on Saturday, October 29.
Clint Baranowski helped skim pine needles out of the Koi Pond at Lendonwood Gardens’ “Put the Garden to Bed” fall workday on Saturday, October 29.

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