American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Fostering Inclusion: Bunny Mellon’s Oak Spring Garden Foundation
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Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Oak Spring Garden Foundation
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Enjoy the rare opportunity for an intimate tour of the landscape, gardens, and library at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF). The Oak Spring estate comprises 700 acres set in the Virginia hunt country and flanked by the Bull Run and Blue Ridge Mountains. OSGF is actively stewarding the land, already protected by Paul and Bunny Mellon as part of a conservation easement, to one day exemplify sustainable land management practices and provide ample opportunities for horticulture, arboriculture, and sustainable agriculture.

With a mission to perpetuate and share the gifts of Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, including her residence, garden, estate, and the Oak Spring Garden Library, and to serve the public interest, OSGF is dedicated to nurturing diverse perspectives and fostering inclusion, reflecting Bunny Mellon’s unique influence at a time when women had a more marginalized role in society. Her garden is maintained as she managed it herself, a standing tribute to her mastery of gardening and her simple yet elegant style. In addition to providing a beautiful and inspirational natural habitat, the gardens provide fresh food to under-resourced communities from Washington D.C. to the Blue Ridge.

The apple orchards, formal garden, and production garden produce fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are harvested throughout the year. A locally sourced lunch will be served on grounds under the eaves at the Broodmare Barn.

Lunch is generously provided by Oak Spring Garden Foundation.

IMPORTANT: This tour has a very limited capacity and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis only.

Departure: Tours depart outside the Blue Room Prefunction on the East side of the conference hotel. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to departure time.

Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations. All attendees must board the bus at the hotel and return with the group at the scheduled times.