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Friends of Gentle HouseFlowers 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 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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