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Friends of Lakewold

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Lakewold. I can count on having an experience that is meaningful and interesting. The gardens are peaceful and inviting. Every season gives one a different perspective of the lake and the gardens. There are many mini-gardens within that each offer a different feeling. Spring is my favorite time at Lakewold because of the many rhododendrons and other flowering trees and flowers.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 4

I have enjoyed Lakewold on many occasions, most recently taking out-of- town guests to enjoy a touch of beauty and tranquility nestled in the midst of our small city. In the spring, the magnificent rhododendrons burst forth with color amidst the stately firs and other specimen trees. The elegant old home, herb garden, gazebo and octofoil pool add interesting touches. After strolling the gardens, one can purchase unique gift and garden items in the small, quaint shop.

Review from Guidestar