UPDATE: If you have not registered ahead of time for the cleanup event HERE. You will be turned away at the gates. They are at capacity (which is a great problem to have).

As we wrote last week, the Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens were savaged by Hurricane Irma. According to Robert E. Bowden, the Executive Director of the Gardens, the storm uprooted roughly 30 trees, severely damaged 75 more that will need to be removed and several hundred that will need professional pruning.

Debris and small limbs are everywhere.

While the Garden House Welcome Center is still open for classes, meetings, and receptions, the 50-acre gardens and historic Leu House Museum will remain closed until further notice. In the mean time, a volunteer event will be held on Saturday, September 30 from 8 a.m. until noon for Orlando residents who would like to aid in the recovery work.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or older to work in the gardens, but high school students can receive service hours for pitching in. Water will be provided. All volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.

Bring your own gloves, sunscreen, and a hat. It would help to bring your own tools if you have them.

If your business would like to help during the week you can call 407-246-3620 to schedule a date and time.

Editor’s Note: If you’re afraid of manual labor but would still like to help, you can donate or purchase a membership – more information on those awesome options are available HERE.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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