The Garden Conservancy

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The Garden Conservancy
FounderFrancis Cabot
PurposeTo preserve, share, and celebrate America's gardens
HeadquartersGarrison, New York
Region served
United States
James Brayton Hall

The Garden Conservancy is an American nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, share, and celebrate America's gardens and diverse gardening traditions for the education and inspiration of the public.

Founded in 1989, by Frank Cabot, the Conservancy has since helped a number of American gardens to develop preservation strategies, organizational structures, and funding plans.[1] In some cases, the Conservancy takes the lead in transitioning the garden to a sustainable, nonprofit status. The Garden Conservancy is headquartered in Cold Spring, New York.


During a visit to Ruth Bancroft's garden in Walnut Creek, California, Frank Cabot asked Bancroft what would happen to the garden after her death. Cabot's wife suggested the establishment of a nonprofit organization for garden preservation, and the idea for the Conservancy was born.[2][3] Cabot founded the organization in 1989. The first garden the Garden Conservancy opened to the public was the Ruth Bancroft Garden,[2] which began tours in 1992 and officially became a nonprofit in 1994.[3][4]


Projects include:

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  1. ^ Dickey, Page (September 22, 2015). Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration: 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy. ISBN 978-1617691652.
  2. ^ a b Raver, Anne (October 21, 1999). "HUMAN NATURE; The Keepers of the Garden's Soul". The New York Times. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Silver, Johanna (2016). The Bold Dry Garden. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. ISBN 9781604696707.
  4. ^ Herendeen, Lisa (August 20, 2015). "News Briefs: Ruth Bancroft's 107th birthday celebration". East Bay Times. East Bay. Retrieved June 18, 2017.

The Garden Conservancy, June 2020, #OpenDay25: A Quarter Century of America's Gardeners and Their Gardens, ISBN 978-0-578-68500-7

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