Visitors to Lendonwood Gardens are now greeted in person by volunteers, thanks to a new Welcome Center located at the garden’s entrance on Har-Ber Road. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 12 noon to 4 p.m., the new building is designed to help improve visitors’ overall experience in the garden.
Trained volunteers are available to accept entry fees, answer questions, and provide printed maps and materials. They point out current highlights in the garden, such as peak bloom times, the Koi Pond, Oklahoma Garden, and the Monarch Waystation.
The new Welcome Center also houses a gift shop featuring local arts and crafts, such as pottery by artisan Susan Barbee, wooden bowls by renowned woodturner Bill Koch, and original paintings by artist Nancy Harper. Other items include seasonal décors, such as door decorations, welcome mats with interchangeable seasonal designs, and patio “spinners” to catch the breeze.
The building includes two handicap-accessible restrooms and a meeting room for 20-25 people. The back patio will offer space for plant sales, as well as a patio table and chairs for visitors to enjoy the garden view.
Longtime volunteer Shirley Daggett is coordinating the work of the volunteers and managing the Garden Shop. Her experience with similar gift shops has been a valuable asset in establishing the Welcome Center and moving it forward.
The Lendonwood Board, led by President Jim Corbridge, would like to thank Shirley and the dedicated volunteers who give their time and effort to benefit the Gardens. The new Welcome Center would not be possible without their help.