Lendonwood Gardens

Eight distinct gardens to enjoy


Visitors will find several major collections of plants. Lendonwood is home to one of the largest collections of false cypress (Chamaecyparis) trees in the United States, totaling more than 80 varieties. Similar to red cedar, the evergreen false cypress is native to Japan, Taiwan, Canada and the U.S. Lendonwood has one of the largest collections of rhododendrons in the region, totaling about 250 varieties, adding drama and color in April and May.

Lendonwood features eight distinct gardens, each with a theme and atmosphere all its own. They include 25 varieties of dogwoods, 75 varieties of Japanese maples, 125 varieties of hostas, 200 varieties of conifers, and 25 varieties of viburnums. With more than 500 varieties of daylilies, Lendonwood has been designated a display garden for the American Hemerocallis (daylily) Society.

American Backyard Garden

American Backyard Garden

In the American Backyard Garden, plants were selected for their ability to thrive with minimal water, since it is the only area not irrigated in Lendonwood. In summer, the American Backyard displays many colorful annuals, such as zinnias and marigolds. Other plants in the garden include crape myrtle and several varieties of daylilies.

Highlight of the American Backyard Garden is a lovely gazebo surrounded by blooming roses, including a colorful display of Knockout roses. The gazebo is a favorite setting for weddings and special photography.

Azalea Garden

Azalea Garden

Located just west of the Lendonwood main garden is the newly opened Azalea Garden. Although the flowering shrubs in this garden “room” are mature and lush specimens, the area had not been easily accessible to the public until 2010. Volunteers, including many from Grove Rotary Club, have cleared and rebuilt pathways to meander among these spectacular plants.

Established in the early 1970s, the one-acre garden also features mature pink dogwoods, Japanese Maples, redbud, yew, magnolias, and a large Canadian hemlock. Many of the azaleas were grown by Lendonwood’s founder, Dr. Leonard Miller, from seed collected from Calloway Gardens in Georgia.

In April, the Azalea Garden is abloom with colors ranging from pink to lavender to red to white. Some are highly fragrant in colors of yellow and orange. Shaded partially by tall oaks, the shrubs enjoy an appropriately acid and loamy soil. Azaleas, which are within the genus Rhododendron, do well with a mulch of pine bark, pine needles or leaves to help retain moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.

Display Garden

Display Garden

Near the Lendonwood entrance is the Display Garden, featuring false cypress (Chamaecyparis) trees and other conifers, such as cedars, spruce, and arborvitae. The Display Garden also includes a large collection of beautiful daylilies, with peak bloom time in June and July.

Other collections in this area include many of Lendonwood’s 75 diverse varieties of Japanese maples. These beautiful trees provide color, form and texture to the garden throughout the year.

Also in the Display Garden are a variety of other plants, including hostas, heuchera, and colorful annuals. This garden is home to Nootkatensis, also called Alaskan Yellow Cedar, a stately evergreen. One of the Display Garden’s hidden treasures is the Dawn Redwood, a fast-growing deciduous conifer once thought to be extinct.

English Terrace Garden

English Terrace Garden

Near the back of Lendonwood is the English Terrace Garden, planted with numerous rhodododendrons, which bloom in April and May. Most of the world authorities on this spectacular flowering plant are in England. The design of the plantings in this area is more formal and allows more sunlight than other parts of Lendonwood.

Also in the English Terrace Garden are the fast-growing Thuja Green Giant evergreens and other trees suitable for screening purposes; a weeping katsura tree; a variegated dogwood; and a beautiful magnolia tree.

Japanese Pavilion

Oklahoma Garden

Oriental Garden

Angel of Hope

Inscribed memorial bricks surrounding the Angel of Hope statue may be ordered for $100 each.

You may also download the form (PDF) for completion and mail back to Lendonwood with your check.

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