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 viability 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