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February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

This gem of a waterfront Garden is precious in that it gives the public an
opportunity to experience the great Northwest outdoors at a time when there are fewer and fewer places to do this. It is a place of quiet and beauty, something that is in short supply these days as more and more such
places are being paved over and developed.

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the many walks I taken there.

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

Try to find more grant money to support Lakewold Garden so the entry price could be lowered.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

Lakewold Gardens is a beautiful garden within a city that provides a great setting for learning, tranquility and appreciating nature. Not only does it provide a look back to the past with its history, but a look forward as to how gardens maintain and enhance our environment.
Lakewold
Gardens is also a center for learning and community events. It is a multi-purpose venue. It is a treasure to be shared.

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I have enjoyed many community events at Lakewold as well as private weddings. My clients and my family have also benefitted from the joy and beauty of Lakewold.

Ways to make it better...

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Add more color to the entry so that it draws more public attention.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

Lakewold Gardens is a unique estate that is open to the public. It's relaxed and quiet atmosphere is a wonderful venue for meditation and serenity as one makes his way through the native growths of flora and of natural feeling meandering paths. All of this makes for a relaxing change from a busy and hyper little city that surrounds.

The estate gives venue to other non profit organizations for meetings and fundraisers in the area. This being a supportive setting for the community to gain the a gift of quiet contemplation as would a retreat for meetings and cooperation.

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I belonged to a couple of non-profit organizations that met at Lakewold Gardens. The staff are always welcoming enhancing the supportive feeling of quiet and comfort for thought. I have also attended concerts on the estate which were quite a pleasure.

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I would not change a great deal. I however would like to see better funding for Lakewold so that accessibility would improve more rapidly.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

Lakewold Gardends is a lush garden with many NW plants throughout the gardens. Many Rhododendrons, fir trees, bushes during the year.
It has many beautiful spring flowers like azaleas. It is a lovely, serene, quiet and peaceful place to walk thfough the year. There is a scienic lake to look
out on near the house. The estate house is lovely and holds many events likde weddings and other events for the Lakewood community and surrouding communitires. I look forward to the table decoration event each November. There is also a lovely gift shop. The volunteers are always very helpful and knowledgeable. Summer walks are cool and comfortable under the trees. There are also many colorful flowers.

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The volunteers are very helpful and knowlegable. They make it a pleasure to visit the gardens.

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They don't need improvement

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Lakewold Gardens is truly an amazing place. It includes a large and well preserved home that can be used for speical events and beautiful lawn and gardens overlooking the lake. It is especially enjoyable in the spring when the many rodies and other flowering plants are in full bloom. A visit to Lakewold is well worth your time and an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.

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enjoying special events and toruing the grounds and gardens.

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none

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

This garden is truly a community treasure. It's a heavenly place where anyone can enjoy the simpleness of life.

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the Spring of every year

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work on gaining community support

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Lakewold is a community treasure. Nestled among towering Pacific Northwest firs and among meticulously maintained gardens, my family has visted numerous times over the years. Besides many guided tours of the gardens, we've attended weddings, Community Foundation grant receptions and our business has conducted a fun, creative and unique event pairing Northwest wines and cheeses with an estate planning event on the subject of philanthropy. What better setting and storied history for such conversations?

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per above

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help by continuing to build brand awareness among the 20 - 30-somethings as well as more "out of the box" events described above.

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I am a past member of the Lakewold Gardens. I totally support this garden and its mission of preserving and enhancing a historic estate garden while offering each visitor an inspirational experience through growth and learning in a profoundly unique setting.

The Northwest is very
fortunate to have such a garden and located in a major metropolitan area. These types of spaces are very limited. A peaceful stroll through the very old rhododendrons when in bloom gives one a sense and appreciation of time and space. It reminds one that many things are more appreciated in aging and begs the question “what are the memories held in those plants?” What did they see from another time and what would they share if they could?”

As the rapacity of urban development continues to disregard the time it takes for plants to grow, Lakewold becomes more and more of a treasure to be honored, protected and appreciated.
In staying with its goal of being a place of learning, the multiple examples of garden rooms not only provide a horticultural education but also soul’s education. These different rooms ask the soul to become engaged with the textures, colours and structure or non-structure of them. In this time of technology, here is a sanctuary that says come and partake of the truly living, feel the energy of the plants and their arrangement. Let them offer their wisdom on the whispers of the surrounding wind.

A great place to just hang and stand in amazement of what can be accomplishment through collaboration of owners, gardeners, landscapers and preservationists, Lakewold present a working model for the future.

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the working of the garden presentation

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make sure they have a trust fund for the future, so money is not a constant worry

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

We were first introduced to Lakewold Garden by a family friend. Once we visited it, we fell in love with the Garden. We became members for many years and have enjoyed the beauty that many gardeners have brought to us as well as the mother nature. We have also appreciated the many elegant events that are hosted on the property.

The Great!

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quality time spent with families in this peaceful and lovely place.

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not change a thing. Continue to be part of the organization, so every person that loves the garden can enjoy it.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I was a member of Lakewold for many years, before becomming a board member. Lakewold is a very special place. It is beautiful, has an abundance of unusual and rare plants and trees, but it's much more. It's a place to connect with nature, and invigorate your soul.
The gardens are lovely
any time of year, but spring is terrific with all the plants, flowers and trees opening their sleepy heads to greet the new season.
Lakewold experience is further enhanced by the knowledge, stewardship, and care and concern of the employees. It is an experience to be savored...like a fine wine, it just gets better with age.
If you are anywhere near the Lakewood area, please stop by and see what I'm talking about, you will be glad you did.

The Great!

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Their community outreach. The many events they offer. My personal visits. My newly appointment to the board.

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Add more seating areas, where I can linger and enjoy the tranquility of the gardens.

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