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Causes: Environment

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.

Programs: Lakewold gardens serves approximately 10,000 guests per year through tours of the gardens, special events, learning opportunities, and rental of the estate. Our volunteers donate several thousand hours each year through work in the garden and office, during special events and activities. Our youth program serves children throughout the community with monthly horticulturally-related workshops and an annual kid's day event. The 612 members of lakewold gardens continued to enjoy free admission for the entire year. Member discounted and free events included mayfest, picnic with purpose, beautiful tables showcase, discovery walks with lakewold's horticulture manager and designer showhouse. The advent of the learn in the garden series has continued to grow volunteer hours at the gardens. Lakewold's youth program has expanded to include youth-oriented tours.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar