Friends Of Lakewold

Rating: 4.89 stars   38 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: PO Box 39780 Lakewood WA 98496 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  

My mother was an avid gardener in Lakewood for 46 years. When she passed away in 1993, I was delighted to learn that Lakewold had been established and was looking for donors. I can think of no more fitting a tribute to Marge McCulloch than the Lion Fountain from Thornewood Castle, set among the Loderi rhododendrons. Those who knew her can appreciate the significance of those things coming together in one fabulous garden! Ever since we made her memorial at Lakewold, we have enjoyed the gardens, the events and mostly just showing off our "hidden" treasure to all of our friends and visitors. The Wagners created wondrous gardens and we are all so lucky that we get to enjoy them!
Kai and Cal Kushen

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I've attended numerous events, sponsored events, and visited the Gardens innumerable times since they opened.

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I think they are doing a wonderful job.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Nature and gardens stimulate all our senses with colors, order, scenes in constant flow of change. Opportunity arises to experience feelings of rest and renewal. Lakewold Gardens presents that to each one who seeks delight in the wandering of her pathways.

The entire staff at Lakewold Gardens create and maintain lovingly
the garden's "offering" to others. There is a strong respect for the beginnings of the gardens, and this, too, is part of its overall beauty.
That is my experience.

Karen

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Visiting the gardens and getting to know the staff.

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simply thank the staff and urge continued future endeavors in constant "inspiration" and excitement for their day to day tasks.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

the working of the garden presentation

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

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

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