Gentle House 2016 Schedule of Garden Days


Workdays are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Refreshments afterwards on the North Porch


Feb. 11 – Prune grapes and shrubs (public demonstration, 10-12)

Feb. 25 – Prune roses (public demonstration, 10-12)

Mar. 10 – Spring clean-up, check wildflowers, spray roses, tag emerging perennials and bulbs

Mar. 24 – Divide perennials (transplant or pot), remove mulch, fertilize roses, rhodies and azaleas

*Apr. 7 – Deadhead flowering plants, plant hardy perennials and annuals, check for insects/mold

Apr. 16 – Saturday – Community Workday-edging, weeding, spreading bark dust (9 am)

Apr. 17 – Sunday – Wedding Open House

Apr. 28 – Deadhead early blooming shrubs, tag bulbs, monitor Grandma Garden, check ferns

May 12 – Monitor ferns, prune boxwood, plant annuals and perennials, pinch back mums/asters

May 26 – Prune early flowering plants, prune/stake tall perennials

Jun. 9 – General maintenance, deadhead roses/flowering plants, monitor insects/mold

Jun. 23 – General maintenance, prune hedges, Annual Volunteers’ Picnic (after workday)

Jul. 14 – General maintenance and monitoring, prune tall perennials

Jul. 28 – Tag iris and bulbs to divide, layout for replanting, general maintenance

Aug. 11 – General maintenance, check grapes

Aug. 25 – Dig and divide bulbs, divide iris if dormant, general maintenance

Sep. 10 – Saturday – Community Workday – remove invasives, thin grapes (9 am)

Sep. 22 – Begin fall clean-up, put netting on grapes

Oct. 13 – Fall clean-up, plant shrubs, pot tender perennials, grape harvest

Oct. 27 – Begin winterizing grounds, mulch tender plants

Nov. 8-12 – Holiday Bazaar, greeters needed

*Nov. 17 – Winterize and mulch roses (public demonstration, 10-12)

Dec. 1 – Decorate house for the holidays (10-12), Volunteer Tea in the Dining Room, noon

Dec. 2 – Friday – Holiday Open House – Music and refreshments following the tree lighting (7-8:30pm)

*these dates are the first or third Thursday because of holidays or special events


Questions?  Ask Lois (503)838-2131, Sarah (503)399-9436, or Madeline (503)838-2995


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