Preservation News


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 2017 Foundation for Landscape Studies 2017 Place Keeper Award for their success in converting Greenwood Gardens into a membership organization open to the public.


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


Chase Garden in Orting, WA, opened for the season on March 4. Find out when some of our other partner gardens around the country are opening their gates. Read more


The Ruth Bancroft Garden is third on a list of twelve "top spots for floratourism" in the country, per Country Living.


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.  


The January 2017 edition of the UK Royal Horticultural Society's monthly magazine, The Garden, includes a nice book review of The Bold Dry Garden. Earlier in January, the book was also reviewed in Pacific Horticulture magazine and the East Bay Times reported that the "Bancroft Garden preps for major upgrade."


The Hannah Carter Japanese Garden's nomination for designation as a Historic-Cultural Monument is being reviewed by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in early February. The Garden Conservancy urged approval.


In November, our preservation team visited Peckerwood Garden in Hempstead, TX, to monitor our recently signed conservation easement with the garden. Read more.


The McLaughlin Garden & Homestead in Paris, ME, has begun work to expand, enhance, and connect the garden with a neighboring property. Read more.


The November/December 2016 issue of American Gardener magazine includes an announcement of our new preservation partnership with the Chicago Parks Foundation and the Chicago Park District to revitalize the Jens Jensen Formal Garden. Read more about this project.


We are delighted to be working with Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY to plan the revitalization of the Blithewood Garden, located on the Bard campus. Read more.


Congratulations to Chase Garden on being voted Best Place to Send a Guest in Seattle.


Garden at Risk: On October 24, 2016, the Garden Conservancy joined a growing number of organizations in supporting the preservation of the Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Institution in the heart of the nation’s capital. Read more.


A joint press release on October 5, 2016, announced that the Garden Conservancy is partnering with the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Parks Foundation to revitalize the Jens Jensen Formal Garden at Humboldt Park in Chicago. Read more.


On July 21, the Ruth Bancroft Garden announced receipt of a Garden Conservancy grant for the building of a new Visitor and Education Center (architect's rendering, above) at the garden in Walnut Creek, CA.


Greenwood Gardens is abuzz with two new beehive colonies, thanks to their collaborative partnership with Overlook Medical Center in Springfield, NJ. Read more


Hortulus Farm and the Michener Art Museum are presenting sculptures by James Fuhrman from June through October 2016. Read more.


Nature inspires design through the Artist Residency program at Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center. Read more


Congratulations to Peckerwood Garden's John Fairey, recipient of the American Horticultural Society's Liberty Hyde Bailey Award. Read more


Garden at Risk: Mukai Farm & Garden. In early April, The Friends of Mukai group was awarded possession of the Mukai House & Gardens. Read more


Congratulations to John Fairey, creator of Peckerwood Garden in Texas, on winning the 2016 Place Maker award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies! Read more.


Garden at Risk: The Prouty Garden at the Boston Children's Hospital is threatened by the hospital's plans to remove the garden to construct a new facility. Local supporters have mobilized to save the garden. Read more.


A new conservation easement protects the future of Peckerwood Garden and its collection of more than 3,000 species of rare and endangered plants. Read more.


The Alcatraz Florilegium was on exhibit at that Botanical Gardens at UC Berkeley through January 29. Read more. Above: watercolor of bearded iris by Susan Hill-McEntee.

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The fragrance of flowers open this year was "almost overpowering," reports Nancy Goodwin after her annual Christmas walk in Montrose, her garden in Hillsborough, North Carolina. See more photos and her impressive Christmas List 2015.

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Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Released by Timber Press in September 2016

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Pacific Horticulture magazine, Summer 2016

A feature article on mid-century landscape designer Rex Zumwalt and the Chase Garden, his "most noteworthy garden."

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Greenwood: A Garden Path to Nature and the Past

An illustrated history of Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, NJ, published in June 2016 by founder Peter Blanchard. Available at the garden's shop. greenwoodgardens.org

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Learning from LongHouse

By Jack Lenor Larsen. Splendid photos of the gardens and the art that make up LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, NY. Published by Pointed Leaf Press, 2016.

Houston Chronicle interview with Peckerwood Garden's John Fairey

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Horticultural Technology Scholarship Honors Patti McGee

Congratulations to our former board member! A new Charleston Horticultural Society Scholarship was established in her honor.