Event Center

Historic Gentle House has been in use, by the public and Western, as an event center since 1983. The Gentle Family loved to entertain; their house was donated to the WOU Foundation by Catharine Gentle after she passed away so that it could continue to be a link between the community and university.

Contact us today to make a reservation!


Sitting next to Gentle Acres, Century Farm, and surrounding Gentle House, the gardens are home to century old plants as well as trees that predate the house itself.

Upkeep of the gardens is made possible by Polk County Master Gardeners and Friends of Gentle House Volunteers.

Click here to learn more or to register for the Open House.Open House

April Special

Register online for our open house and attend to receive this months special: 1-2 hours of free setup or cleanup from our staff on the day of your event.

Community workday: Saturday, April 16, 2016

9:00am – 12:00pm (lunch on us following the workday)

Come prepared to work in the gardens, no tools or work experience necessary. All are welcome! Bringing a group? Let us know at gentlehouse@wou.edu or 503-838-8673.

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