As part of the Garden Conservancy's mission to preserve, share, and celebrate America's gardens and diverse gardening traditions for the education and inspiration of the public, we organize and cosponsor lectures, symposia, webinars, garden tours, and Open Days across the country. Many of the programs are presented in partnership with public gardens, our preservation garden partners, and other like-minded organizations. Through all of our educational programs, we work to raise awareness of the important role gardens play in America's history, culture, and quality of life.
- Garden Futures Summit
- The inaugural Garden Futures Summit is a two-day, in-person event that looks to sustain the remarkable passion and interest in gardening today by presenting a selection of the most exciting ideas shaping the future of gardens and society at large. The Summit will focus on three essential topics within contemporary gardening: environment, community, and culture.
- National Speaking Tour
- The Garden Conservancy National Speaking Tour brings leading thinkers and practitioners within the world of gardening to audiences throughout the US. Since 2018, we have brought leading scholars, authors, and experts in the fields of design, history, research, and preservation, to numerous locations so that their work can be shared with the public. Education is a key component of our mission, and through these annual events, we aim to inspire and engage those who have a passion for gardens and want to know further about the benefits that they bring to our lives.
- Virtual Programs
- Garden Conservancy virtual programs aim to offer our members opportunities for online engagement, while addressing some of the seismic changes—ecological, economic, social, and cultural—that the world is experiencing today and exploring how these changes interact with the world of gardens. We presented our first webinar series, Gardens for a Changing World, in partnership with Lord Cultural Resources in July and August 2020. We have continued this tradition yearly since then.
- Garden Masters Series
- Started in 2019, Garden Masters Series programs are connoisseur-level educational programs at exclusive gardens. Stay tuned! The 2023 Garden Master Series season will be announced shortly.
- Open Days and Digging Deeper
- Open Days is our most extensive public educational program and includes self-guided garden tours across the country as well as an assortment of site-specific Digging Deeper programs.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
The Garden Conservancy educational programs are made possible in part by the Coleman and Susan Burke Distinguished Lecture Fund, Courtnay and Terrence Daniels, the Lenhardt Education Fund, and Susan and William McKinley.
Additional support is provided by The Celia Hegyi Matching Challenge Grant, Ritchie Battle, the Antonia Breck Fund, Camille Butrus, Michelle and Perry Griffith, Rise S. Johnson, The Krehbiel Family Foundation, Sleepy Cat Farm Foundation, and John S. Troy, FASLA.