I have just recently taken on the privilege of being the Ohio Ambassador to The Garden Conservancy. My delightful duties entail touring gardens and meeting their gardeners in hopes of their allowing visitors during the Conservancy’s annual Open Days Tours.
About The Garden Conservancy:
The mission of The Garden Conservancy is to preserve, share, and celebrate America's gardens and diverse gardening traditions for the education and inspiration of the public.
In partnership with garden owners, gardeners, communities, horticulturists, garden designers, and historians, we work to preserve outstanding gardens across America. We also contribute to the welfare of existing public gardens, helping them manage both natural and manmade challenges to their survival.
Many of the gardens we work with are National Historic Landmarks or on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1989, the Conservancy has helped over 100 outstanding American gardens survive and prosper.
Since 1995, more than 4,000 private gardens have participated in our signature Open Days program, welcoming more than 1.4 million visitors in states across the country. We also offer Digger Deeper and Garden Masters Series educational programs in conjunction with garden visiting through the Open Days.
The Garden Conservancy also presents lectures, symposia, and other public education programs to foster the sharing of ideas and inspiration, as well as garden-study tours, which are open to members of our Society of Fellows.
The History of The Garden Conservancy:
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in New York State, The Garden Conservancy was founded in 1989 by renowned plantsman Frank Cabot after his visit to Ruth Bancroft's dry garden in Walnut Creek, CA. He recognized that there was an opportunity to create an organization to help preserve such exceptional gardens for future generations.
The Garden Conservancy's preservation and education programs have grown significantly over the years. Since 1989, the Conservancy has helped over 100 outstanding American gardens survive and prosper. Every year since 1995, our signature garden-visiting program, Open Days, has been opening the gates to hundreds of private gardens across the country, allowing thousands of visitors to explore beautiful spaces not normally open to the public.
We celebrated our 25th anniversary year in 2015, which also marked the 20th anniversary of our Open Days program.
Garden glimpses will follow as tour dates near.
If you are interested in being part of Open Days or the more entailed Digging Deeper, please contact me : Cheryl_Grimm@aol.com and I’ll very happily come out to tour your garden and take pictures.
The Garden Conservancy