Preservation Assistance Gardens
A representative cross-section of gardens the Garden Conservancy has assisted.
Victoria, BC, Canada
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Read a May 2011 interview with Karen Binder, executive director
Bar Harbor, ME
New Canaan, CT
Vero Beach, FL
South Paris, ME
Mukai Farm and Garden
Vashon Island, WA
Garden Preservation Services
In addition to our signature Preservation Projects program, the Garden Conservancy offers a range of consulting services, select garden rescues, an Affiliate Garden program, and a conservation easement program. Fees for our consulting services are set modestly to cover direct operating costs associated with the consultation.
Range of Garden Preservation Services
Short-term assistance, information, and advice on preservation strategies, techniques, and organizational development
Garden Rescue Services
Help in organizing campaigns to purchase gardens in peril because of imminent sale or adverse development of the property
Exceptional gardens that are well along the path of preservation as public gardens can also benefit from a relationship with the Garden Conservancy as an Affiliate Garden. Affiliation with the country’s leading nonprofit garden preservation organization can offer professional development resources, guidance in management and garden preservation, and potential program partnerships. The program launched in 2011 with an agreement with LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, New York.
The Conservancy's conservation easement program protects the garden values of a property. The Conservancy works with the easement grantor to develop permanent conservation goals and is responsible for ongoing monitoring and protection.
Click here for more information about how conservation easements operate, with examples of current easements held by the Garden Conservancy.
In addition to services, the Garden Conservancy also provides various resources to assist you in garden preservation, including our preservation handbook, a periodic electronic preservation e-bulletin, sample working documents, and a list of links to other preservation resouces. We also offer educational programs and professional development opportunities.The Conservancy does not provide grants or purchase gardens.
The Conservancy also offers educational lectures and symposia for professionals and volunteers engaged in garden preservation, horticulture, and design. Upcoming events are listed on our home page; descriptions of our past events are also archived online as an ongoing reference.
To Request Assistance...
The Garden Conservancy’s mission is to assist in the preservation of America's exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public. While all gardens are important to those of us who enjoy them and work in them, the Conservancy must focus its limited resources. Therefore, before inquiring about Garden Conservancy assistance, please consider the following questions relating to the garden’s potential for preservation and feasibility as a public garden.
- Is the community aware of the garden and is there a commitment to preserving it as a public garden?
- What makes the garden exceptional? Is it the quality of the design? Is the plant collection unique? Is it the last remaining of its type/style in your region? Is it the garden of a notable person in regional or national history or in horticulture or design?
If the answer to each of the above is 'no,' what does make the garden exceptional?
- Is the garden under imminent threat? If so, what is that threat and what are the options?
- Is there local funding for preservation? Is there the possibility of an endowment for long-term maintenance of the garden?
- What are the physical factors impacting visitation, i.e. location, zoning regulations, regional tourism, capacity of the garden, parking, public transportation, etc.?
Once you’ve considered these questions, please contact our Projects department:
The Garden Conservancy
P.O. Box 219
Cold Spring, NY 10516