Garden Conservancy

Definition - What does Garden Conservancy mean?

The Garden Conservancy is a nonprofit organization in the United States that is focused on and dedicated to the preservation of beautiful gardens and landscapes. The purpose of the organization is to help develop preservation plans and strategies for exceptional gardens, including funding, organization, and other details.

MaximumYield explains Garden Conservancy

Founded in 1989 by Frank Cabot, The Garden Conservancy is largely dedicated to assisting and preserving private gardens around the United States. These gardens are typically larger and more complex than your typical household indoor or outdoor garden, and they require a great deal of maintenance, care, and funding.

To help with these gardens, The Garden Conservancy often spearheads the movement to transition these privately owned gardens into nonprofit organizations. Since 1995, The Garden Conservancy has also been organizing and sponsoring “Open Days,” during which the gardens that they sponsor and help around the country are open to the public. Some of the Conservancy’s recent projects include:

  • Rocky Hills, Mount Kisco, NY
  • The John Hay National Wildlife Refuge, Newbury, NH
  • Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA
  • The Chase Garden, Orting, WA
  • The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, CA
  • The John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden, Mill Neck, NY
  • Steepletop, Austerlitz, NY
  • Yew Dell Gardens, Crestwood, KY

In addition to helping with the preservation of these and other private gardens, the Conservancy also partners with state and municipal governments to help in the preservation and conservation of parkland and municipal gardens, as well.

Whether you’re an indoor or outdoor gardener, if you love walking through ornate and beautifully planned gardens, you may want to do some research on some of The Garden Conservancy’s works and gardens, as well as some of the Open Days at gardens near you.

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