News


Devastating reports on the impact of this season's hurricanes and wildfires on people and gardens continue to come in from around the country.

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On September 9, Maureen and Mike Ruettgers hosted yet another outstanding Open Day at their Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. This Family Time celebration offered something for everyone!


Reports on the impact of this season's hurricanes on people and gardens in the Houston area and in Florida. We will update this report as we learn more about the recovery challenges from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, or others this season.


Congratulations to our board member Robert Balentine and his wife, Betty, who were named Preservation Heroes by the Library of American Landscape History and profiled in the summer 2017 issue of View magazine. View also profiled the Southern Highlands Reserve in North Carolina, created by the Balentines. Photo courtesy of the Southern Highlands Reserve.


We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jack Hyland, a longtime Garden Conservancy friend, member, and Open Days garden host since 2005. Photo courtesy of Hudson Valley Garden Association.


We gathered a few first impressions and  personal insights from our organization's new leader in mid-July 2017, seven weeks after his arrival. Read more


Congratulations to Jack Lenor Larsen of LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, NY, on celebrating his 90th birthday this year! Larsenworld photo.


The regular public schedule at the Chase Garden in Orting, WA, was suspended as of July 1, 2017, while the Garden Conservancy explores alternative scenarios for its future. We are also continuing to maintain the garden, working to expand the conservation easement, and will open to the public for a Foliage Weekend this fall, October 21-22. Tacoma's News Tribune reported on the status of Chase Garden. Photo by the News Tribune.


We are deeply saddened by the news of the loss of Janet Meakin Poor on June 21, 2017. A landscape architect, catalyst for the expansion of our Open Days program in the 1990s, former chair of the Chicago Botanic Garden, editor of two books, and a force within the plant world, she will be sorely missed.


Piet Oudolf, Rick Darke, and Lorraine Ferguson joined us in New York City on June 9 for the launch of their new book, Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes (Timber Press, June 2017). See a photo gallery from the event. Watch a few video highlights.


We talked with board member and Fellow Robert M. Balentine about his passion for gardening and his dedication to conservation. Read what he had to say.


Congratulations to Pearl Fryar on receiving a 2017 National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence. GreatBigStory.com has also posted an inspiring, short video about Pearl Fryar and his topiary garden.


An April 27 joint press release from the Chicago Park District, Chicago Parks Foundation, and the Garden Conservancy announced the selection of renowned designer Piet Oudolf to prepare a planting plan for the Jensen Formal Garden at Humboldt Park in Chicago.


Good news! On April 25, the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden was designated a Historic-Cultural Monument by the Los Angeles City Council. Both the house and the garden are now official landmarks.


Congratulations to Peter and Sofia Blanchard, recipients of the Foundation for Landscape Studies 2017 Place Keeper Award for their success in converting Greenwood Gardens into a membership organization open to the public.


Garden Conservancy member, fan, and volunteer Laura Wilson talks about some of her favorite gardens and other highlights of the 2017 Open Days season in a "Cultivating Place" public radio interview on April 6, 2017.


Congratulations to Garden Conservancy board member Robert Balentine and his wife, Betty, who were honored in Atlanta on April 8 by the Library of American Landscape History for their work with the Southern Highlands Reserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains (pictured above). Read more.


Thank you to the Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce for naming the Garden Conservancy the 2017 Non-Profit of the Year at the Chamber's annual awards dinner on April 19. Pictured is Winter Hill, our shared headquarters in Garrison, NY.


We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dorrance Hill Hamilton, a loyal supporter of the Garden Conservancy since our founding, and a leading patron of healthcare, education, and the arts—including her lifelong passion, horticulture. Read more in her obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer.


The board of directors of the Garden Conservancy has enthusiastically approved the appointment of James Brayton Hall, a museum executive and preservationist, as our new president and CEO. He will join the Conservancy on June 1, 2017. Portrait by Brian Jones. Click here to view a short introductory video with James Hall.



Just released! The Illustrated Book of Edible Plants (Gibbs Smith, February 2017), by Jack Staub, proprietor of Hortulus Farm, with illustrations by Ellen Sheppard Buchert. Read more.


Garden Conservancy letter encouraged the Preservation Society of Newport County to ensure that the integrity of the landscape at The Breakers in Newport, RI, is preserved. Landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand and the Preservation Society of Newport County wrote letters in response.


In late January 2017, in response to our own letter last October concerning plans to replace the historic Enid A. Haupt garden at the Smithsonian Institution, we received a letter from the Smithsonian from the Smithsonian informing us that alternative master plans are being explored.  


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