FRIENDS OF LAKEWOLD

Rating: 4.89 stars   38 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: PO Box 39780 Lakewood WA 98439 USA

Mission: To preserve and enhance Lakewold Gardens as a historic estate garden of world class distinction, offering each visitor an inspirational experience through growth and learning in a profoundly unique setting.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first visited Lakewold Gardens about a year ago. What a surprise! It's in Tacoma and I live in Seattle and I couldn't believe I'd never gone before. It's so beautiful and peaceful, with even a neat little garden shop on the premises. The grounds are gorgeous with so many beautiful plants and trees. My friend and I decided that we wanted to come back to Lakewold in all seasons as we knew it would offer year round pleasure.

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Whoever is responsible for Lakewold is doing an excellent job.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lakewold Garden is a beautiful public garden located 1.3 miles off the free way in the city of Lakewold. This makes Lakewold easy to get to for busy individuals. The real magic happens as you drive in the garden estate. You immediately begin to feel relaxed. The design really functions as a retreat. It’s located on a small lake. It’s peaceful and quite. The staff is both helpful and kind. The garden boasts a magnificent Rhododendron collection with nearly 900 rhodies. They have state champion trees, a knot garden, and have been home to the blue poppy. The garden is meticulously maintained. It’s the perfect spot for a wedding or just a picnic with your special someone. They offer classes, tours and fantastic events.

Lakewold’s mission is “to preserve and enhance Lakewold Gardens as a historic estate garden of world class distinction, offering each visitor an inspirational experience through growth and learning in a profoundly unique setting.” From my experience they live up to this statement.

Lakewold was blessed with the establishment of an endowment when they first opened. These funds have helped Lakewold keep low admissions and membership fees but only offset roughly 50% of the gardens annual operating budget. Lakewold is also blessed with some very enthusiastic volunteers who help keep the garden in award winning condition as well as keep costs down. Lakewold has been historically self sustaining; however the recent economic down turn has reduced the value of the endowment and reduced the level of individual gifting that they historically enjoyed. While admissions and membership is on the rise it’s not enough to offset the decline in the endowment and individual gifting. Lakewold is a relaxing oasis in a hectic world. I truly hope that Lakewold is able to win this prize. It is a very deserving organization.

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I've been involved with Lakewold for a number of years. It's impressive to hear new vistors talk about how much they enjoyed their visit. I enjoy attending Lakewold events as well as meeting new members. We recently had a 20th year anniversary party that was well attended. It was impressive to see the impact Lakewold has on the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Lakewold is 20 years old and is in need of some modernization. They have plans to build a visitor center that will serve as the gateway to the gardens. I've seen plans to improve access to wheel chairs and make the gardens more ADA accessible. These plans also change the path of the gardens to make the vistors stroll more leasurely while opening views of the lake. None of these improvements can occur without additional financial support from donors and the community.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Lakewold Gardens is a Lakewood treasure. A piece of history just around the corner. Care is taken to enhance its natural beauty and preserve its structures. One visit and you're sure you've come home.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2009

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

open more often

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Rating: 5 stars  

Through a member of our organization Tahoma Fuchsia Society had a coversation with Stephanie at a Home and Garden Show. Upon that conversation we had a meeting with Lakewold. We were enthused to have an event at Lakewold. They have been so helpful in helping us along the way. It has evolved in more than our individual society to involving the NW Fuchsia Society of 13 clubs. We will putting on an educational event to show fuchsias through the decades. It means fuchsia from the 1800's to present. Lakewold has given us guidence from the beginning. Lakewold has helped us in advertising the event and helping by doing a special ticket on the web site to give a small amount of money for a fund raiser for our organization when they sign people for admittance that weekend. It will be held on September 9-11,2011, Donna Fellows

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Lakewold Gardens help in an event held in partnership with NWFuchsia Society

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think they are doing quite well. I can't think of anything else to change the program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In this hectic, urban, workaday world of ours we yearn for an oasis, a retreat where we can listen to nature, collect our thoughts and bring back some balance into our lives. We wish there was a place where we could take a leisurely walk amidst various types of foliage, tall and graceful trees, bubbling fountains, manicured lawns, rustic trails, gurgling brooks and perhaps suddenly end up at the water's edge of a quiet lake. Perhaps it would be utopian to expect this idyllic spot to be in our neck of the woods.

Believe it or not, there is such a paradise in the heart of Lakewood on the shores of Gravelly Lake itself. It is called Lakewold Gardens and it is indeed one of Lakewood’s hidden gems. In keeping with its mission, this ten acre historic nonprofit garden estate offers each visitor an inspirational experience through growth and learning in a profoundly unique setting. Its core values include Education and Environmental Awareness, Preservation, Community Commitment and Fiscal Stewardship.

In this day and age with the advent of the Web, you can whet your appetite by checking out the website at www.lakewoldgardens.org. But just as a picture is better than a thousand words, the visit itself will take your breath away.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in comments from visitors, events that I have attended and the periodic meetings that I attend in my role as President and member of the governing Board.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I work hard to help it to increase its membership and donors so it can grow in its ability to be true to its mission and core values.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our family is so thankful for Lakewold Gardens. The peace & serenity the Garden provides has been a life-saver on more than one occasion. We've enjoyed visiting the Garden for several years now. My favorite times to visit are spring, summer and fall. Actually, any time is fun - the garden is always beautiful & shows different aspects each season. The children enjoy being able to explore and play while Mom & Dad enjoy the quiet.

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When we first started visiting the Garden, volunteers encouraged us to bring the kids and let them play. I appreciate the time people have taken to educate both me & my children on all the different aspects of the Garden. The volunteers are ALWAYS helpful & informative. My children have learned to love & respect all that the Garden offers.

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Lakewold Gardens is wonderful. We do miss Picnic & Pops, and wish we could go to the Garden more frequently ... but the Garden & all it does is perfect. :)

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

by accident - we were driving by one day.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lakwold Garden is one of my favorite spots to wander. I can forget my worries and concerns and just let my senses revel in the spaces. I'm able to learn plant care tips from the friendly staff and get ideas for my own tiny garden. After a quick short visit I am rejuvinated. After a lengthy relaxing visit I am calmed and my mind is quieted. Love Lalkwold.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lakewold Gardens is a serene beautiful place in the middle of a busy town and a very busy life. It is a community treasure. It is a piece of community history because it shows a time when Lakewood had many such estates. Now the old estates are broken up and many houses are crammed onto the old lots. It is a piece of horticultural history also. It was built with painstaking care by a famous garden architect an the private owners over many years. It is right that now a non-profit organization honors the original owners gift to the community by keeping it alive with beauty all year long. I love this house and garden. Where else in this country could I buy a membership to an old estate for such a reasonable yearly fee and pretend that I am an heiress reading the Sunday paper paper in her sun porch? I am a preschool teacher. I take care of 17 children everyday of the week. I love visiting Lakewold on the weekends because It give me a feeling of peace. It is local and easy to get to so I gives me time to dream close to home. It also gives me inspiration for my own garden. The lady who runs the garden shop is really friendly and knowledgeable. The garden shop carries unique things that I cannot find anywhere else. It would be great if Lakewold won the $5,000 award to keep this wonderful place up and running and inspiring future generations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a morning of peace and inspiration

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

First off, that Lakewold Gardens is now open to the Public and can be enjoyed by all is such a blessing and a Northwest treasure. I first becme aquaired with Lakewold throughj it's owner. Her niece Heartie Ann Look was my long-time friend and flower teacher in Santa Barabra. Her Mother was Croyden Wagner's sister. When my wife, Dorothy, and I moved up here from Santa Barbara in 1983, Heart Ann would come up to visit Aunt Eullie and we would have wonderful Ikebana Flower classes in Aunt
Eullie's Capitol Hill residence and then down to Lakewold. So it has been such joy for Dorothy and me to be able to come down to Gravely Lake Drive and visit Lakewold Gardens. Not only to, once again, take-in the unadulirated beauty of the grounds but to so enjoy all of the wonderful persons that work and volunteer here. We were last down to Lakewold to participate in the annual Christmas event, and while we were there commented, once again, how great a gift the Wagner's have left for all to enjoy and enrich our lives. I wlll be forever greatful for all my wonderful memories of Lakewold and my friend Heartie Ann for introducing us to the Wagner's up here in the Northwest. Jeffrey P. Angwin

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The results I have experienced with this organization have been the total enjoyment of the organization and their volunteers efforts in keeping Lakewold and open and viable Northwest tresure.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No apparent change needed at this time, just the hope that funds will always be there to keep Lakewold open for all to enjoy.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The grounds for Lakewold Gardens are beautiful and inspiring to all gardeners in the area and they have created a wonderful place for members of the public to experience many different types of plants and gardens. Lakewold Gardens has varied learning tools for both young and old and is an inspiration to all who discover it's peaceful, tranquil charm.

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the interactions with members of this organization that are passionate and knoledgeable about their work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not recommend any changes at this time.

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