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Friends of Gentle House Flowers at Gentle House.

Do you have a fond memory of Gentle House, love Western Oregon University/Monmouth history and/or want to learn more about the care of historic gardens? Consider joining the Friends of Gentle House. To learn more contact Erin McDonough at mcdonoughe@wou.edu or 503.838.9120.

The Friends of Gentle House efforts enhance the Gentle House as a community landmark. The House is filled with a rich history dating from the late 1800's through the time it was gifted to the University in the 1980s. A site for "genteel entertaining" the Friends are critical to the upkeep of the gardens – laid out in the early 20th century – and the interior of the original home and museum it houses. Community contributions of time and treasurer continue this rich tradition.


Workdays are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 9:30am-12:30pm
Refreshments afterwards on the North Porch

Feb. 13  Prune grapes and shrubs (public demonstration, 10-12)

Feb. 27  Prune roses (public demonstration, 10-12)

Mar. 13  Spring clean-up, check wildflowers, spray roses, tag emerging perennials and bulbs

Mar. 27  Divide perennials (transplant or pot), remove mulch, fertilize roses, rhodies and azaleas

Apr. 10  Deadhead flowering plants, plant hardy perennials and annuals, check for insects/mold

Apr. 19 Saturday-Community Workday-edging, weeding, spreading barkdust

Apr. 24  Deadhead early blooming shrubs, tag bulbs, monitor Grandma Garden, check ferns

May  8   Monitor ferns, prune boxwood, plant annuals and perennials, pinch back mums/asters

May  22  Prune early flowering plants, prune/stake tall perennials

Jun. 12  General maintenance, deadhead roses/flowering plants, monitor insects/mold

Jun. 26  General maintenance, prune hedges

AFTER WORKDAY: Annual Hal Secrest Memorial Volunteers’ Picnic

Jul.  10  General maintenance and monitoring, prune tall perennials

Jul.  24  Tag iris and bulbs to divide, layout for replanting, general maintenance

Aug. 14  General maintenance, check grapes

Aug. 28  Dig and divide bulbs, divide iris if dormant, general maintenance

Sep. 11  Plant iris and bulbs, general maintenance, thin grapes

Sep. 13 Saturday-Community Workday-remove invasives (blackberries, ivy, holly)

Sep. 25  Begin fall clean-up, put netting on grapes

Oct.  9  Fall clean-up, plant shrubs, pot tender perennials, grape harvest

Oct. 23  Begin winterizing grounds, mulch tender plants

Nov. 5-8 Holiday Bazaar – Greeters

Nov. 13 Winterize and mulch roses (public demonstration, 10am-12)


Dec.  4  Decorate house for the holidays (10am-12),

NOON: Volunteer Tea in the Dining Room

Dec. 5  Holiday Open House (approx. 7pm, following the Annual Tree Lighting)

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