Lendonwood Gardens will be “put to bed for the winter” on Saturday, November 7, with the help of volunteers from the Grove Rotary Club as well as any area residents who wish to help. 

The project is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, although any amount of time would be appreciated. 

Lunch will be provided.

The coordinator of the work project is Jim Reynolds, a member of the Lendonwood Board of Directors and a Grove Rotarian. 

Reynolds said that supplies for the various projects would be provided.  Volunteers should bring their own gloves and wear comfortable work clothes.

If inclement weather occurs, the workday will be rescheduled for Saturday, November 14, Reynolds said.

 Jim Corbridge, president of Lendonwood’s Board of Directors, expressed his appreciation for the work of the volunteers, including Grove’s Rotarians, who help keep the botanical garden looking its best. 

“Even with the substantial effort of the Rotarians, we could use more help to winterize the garden.  We have several tasks that need to be accomplished and volunteers may choose among seven different work teams assigned to specific projects,” he said.

Projects volunteers will be asked to do include painting fences, removing the greenhouse cover, picking up limbs and debris, repairing and rebuilding fences, covering streams with netting, leaf-blowing, planting and removing trees, and other tasks.  One of the most visible projects will be rebuilding a wooden fence damaged by a fallen tree this year.

Volunteers also will help clear remaining debris accumulated from ice storms over the past two years.

Corbridge said the winterizing efforts would help ensure another successful tourist season next year.

The garden features beautiful plants and trees that draw visitors from out of town as well as the local area.

 Lendonwood is a popular destination year-round.  In spring, the garden offers colorful displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, peonies, and flowering trees.  Summertime in the garden is highlighted by hundreds of daylilies, hostas and annuals.  The changing foliage of the Japanese maples draws visitors during autumn months.  Even in winter, the garden’s many varieties of conifer trees offer welcome splashes of green.

Visitors often stop at the Japanese Pavilion overlooking a scenic koi pond. 

Lendonwood also is home to the Angel of Hope, a bronze statue commemorating lost loved ones, especially children.

Lendonwood, one of 14 botanical gardens in Oklahoma, is a nonprofit organization funded and supported by donations and volunteers.

For more information about the November 7th workday, call Lendonwood Gardens