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

The Tregaron Conservancy: From Private Estate to Public Woodland Garden Tour
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Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:15am
Tregaron Conservancy
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Journey to a nationally-landmarked woodland landscape during this morning exploration of the Tregaron Conservancy. Executive director Lynn Parseghian and members of the Conservancy’s board leadership will lead an engaging and insightful forty-five-minute tour of Tregaron’s trails, woodlands, meadows, and pond valley. The tour will highlight the landscape’s history and the Conservancy's ongoing stewardship and renewal efforts.

Founded twelve years ago as the owner and steward of the woodland landscape portion of the Tregaron Estate (originally called “The Causeway”) in northwest Washington, D.C., the Tregaron Conservancy maintains the work of landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. Heralded by House and Garden in 1933 as “the dean of women landscape architects,” and later recalled by Warren Manning as “quite possibly the greatest garden maker of our time,” Shipman created a body of work that is a treasure worthy of preservation and renewal, as exemplified by the wild gardens of Tregaron. Don't miss this opportunity to discover Shipman’s design genius, thoughtfully renewed through the Conservancy's ongoing efforts.

Please Note: This is a walking tour that starts and finishes with a 1.0 mile walk between the conservancy and hotel The tour will take place in a rustic setting. Trails are mulched and uneven in places, and feature moderate elevation changes. Attendees are encouraged to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

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

Departure: Participants should plan to meet in the hotel lobby at the main entrance by the above departure time. Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations.