Members of the public are invited to Lendonwood Gardens Saturday, November 13 to help Grove Rotarians and Lendonwood volunteers “put the gardens to bed” for the winter season. The project is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon, although any amount of time will be appreciated. Lunch will be provided with the help of Steve Duff, president of Arvest Bank of Grove.

Jim Reynolds, a member of the Lendonwood Board of Directors and Grove Rotarian, will coordinate the work of the volunteers. Most supplies will be provided, although volunteers should bring their gloves and wear comfortable work clothes.

If the weather is inclement, a rain day is scheduled for Saturday, November 20, Reynolds said.

Jim Corbridge, president of the Lendonwood Board of Directors, said that volunteer help is needed to help the botanical garden thrive. “We appreciate all the work done by the Grove Rotarians every year, but we invite everyone to join in the effort. There is much to be done to help winterize the gardens, and volunteers may choose among several work teams assigned to specific projects.”

Projects will include such tasks as installing wood fencing, building walkways, repairing pavers, clearing fallen branches, painting, removing the Conservatory’s roof cover, and general clearing of debris.

Corbridge said the winterizing chores are necessary to help keep the garden beautiful for another successful tourist season next year. Lendonwood draws many visitors year-round from out of town as well as the local area. In spring, the garden is highlighted by colorful azaleas, rhododendrons, peonies and flowering trees. The garden in summer features hundreds of daylilies, hostas and annual blooms. Fall color includes changing foliage of many Japanese maples as well as other trees. Even in winter, the garden’s many varieties of conifer trees offer splashes of green.

Visitors often stop at the Angel of Hope, a bronze statue commemorating lost loved ones, especially children.

Lendonwood is a nonprofit organization funded and supported by donations and volunteers. For more information about the November 13 work day, call Lendonwood Gardens at 918-786-2938.