Tregaron Conservancy is in the news! Washington Gardener recently toured Tregaron and spoke to Executive Director Lynn Parseghian, preservation consultant Glenn Stach, and several of our volunteers about our history, mission and current landscape renewal efforts. The article, “Tregaron Conservancy: Historical Woodland Renaissance,” is featured as the cover story of their current issue.
The Tregaron Conservancy recently completed a new preservation and sustainability study entitled “Tregaron: A Wild Garden for the 21st Century.” This report will guide the Conservancy in stewarding the Tregaron landscape over the coming decades.
The report was prepared by landscape architect/planner Glenn Stach and made possible in part by a grant from the Dorothea De Schweinitz Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. Stach’s analysis and recommendations were developed with Tregaron staff and landscape volunteers, and in consultation with a wide range of experts and stakeholders. The Conservancy hosted a community meeting on October 26, 2017 in which Mr. Stach presented a summary of the report.
The report carries forward and updates the recommendations of the 2005-2007 Cultural Landscape Report for Tregaron. It features detailed recommendations aimed at preserving the landscape with an increased focus on sustainability. The report includes:
- a monthly landscape management calendar that guides work by the Conservancy’s maintenance crew and volunteers;
- systems-based recommendations for preservation treatment of natural and cultural features, including vegetation/soils, water, and circulation/hardscape features;
- detailed area plans for each of the “outdoor rooms” of the Tregaron landscape, with examples of recent design work and installations; and
- recommendations for expanding educational opportunities and providing additional interpretive information about Tregaron’s cultural and natural systems, history, habitat value, and the Conservancy’s sustainable preservation and renewal practices.
In addition to preservation-focused recommendations, the report outlines the Conservancy’s current and future sustainability initiatives, including climate-change resistance, biodiversity and habitat enhancement, reduced water usage, improved water management, and reduced use of fossil fuels and other nonrenewable resources.
The complete report is available upon request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be posted here soon.
View the systems-based area plans here: TC Preservation Sustainability Study Plans and Resource Images 2017
There are many ways you can learn, play and help us beautify Tregaron this fall. Come out and enjoy the crisp air and changing leaves with us at Tregaron!
Registration is required for many of these events. Visit our Event Calendar for more details.
* Sunday, Oct. 1, 10:00 am – Landscape History and Stewardship at Tregaron: A Behind-The-Scenes Tour. Sponsored by the Cleveland Park Historical Society (CPHS). Registration opening soon on the CPHS website.
* Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Volunteer Wildflower Planting. Help us plant hundreds of native wildflowers to attract pollinators and enhance the beauty of our new meadows (and bring a picnic if you’d like)! Equipment will be provided. Kids are welcome if supervised by an adult and willing to help! RSVPs appreciated; email email@example.com to register.
* Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:30 pm – Planning for Preservation + Sustainability at Tregaron: A Report to the Community. While we work to preserve and recapture landscape design history at Tregaron, we are now increasingly targeting key sustainability goals, including climate-change resilience. Join us for the release of a new report and a lively discussion about how we will be meeting these dual goals in the coming years. (This report by consulting preservationist Glenn Stach is made possible by a grant from the Dorothea De Schweinitz Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.) The event is free of charge and will be held in the Mansion at the Tregaron Estate. Registration is not required.
* Saturday, Oct. 28, 1:00 to 5:30 pm – Landscape Painting Workshop. Enjoy the fall colors and paint out at Tregaron! Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro, an accomplished artist who teaches painting classes at the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo and regularly exhibits his work in the DC area and beyond, will offer a landscape painting workshop and demonstration by the Lily Pond. Details and registration here.
* Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 am – Fall Bird Walk with Jim Nelson. Join us for our second expert-led bird walk this year with Jim Nelson. Jim leads bird walks at the Audubon and other conservancies around the region, and we are thrilled to have him back to guide us through our birding “hot spot.” (For more information, visit Birds of Tregaron.) [This event is at full capacity.]
* Saturday, Dec. 9, 9:00 am – Community Tree Planting at Tregaron with Casey Trees. Help us plant 40 canopy and understory trees in the Klingle Stream valley area of Tregaron. Casey Trees is generously donating the trees and will lead the planting.
If you are interested in sponsoring any of these events, or our season of events, we’d love to hear from you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you at our events — and on the trails — this fall.
After two years of construction, the Klingle Valley Trail (KVT) — Tregaron’s immediate southeasterly neighbor — will be open to the public on Saturday, June 24. The Conservancy is delighted to welcome visitors from the new trail to Tregaron. Mayor Muriel Bowser will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the trail on the 24th at 3:00 p.m., and the Conservancy will be there to help celebrate this tremendous achievement!
Since the inception of the KVT project, Tregaron Conservancy has been working closely with the District, its contractors and other partners on tree protections and other construction planning, redesign of the Klingle Stream outfall, reconstruction of our historic stone headwall at Klingle Stream, native landscaping, and other site remediation work.
The Trail is a fitting neighbor and partner for the Conservancy; it is a remarkable achievement in green design and infrastructure, a place of great natural beauty, and will be a wonderful amenity for all to enjoy.
The Conservancy is delighted to welcome the trail’s visitors to Tregaron. Please note that our mulch trails are for pedestrians only, and dogs must be leashed. Bike racks are available in the pull-off areas adjacent to the two entrances to Tregaron from the new trail. In the coming months, we will be adding new maps and information about our the Conservancy’s history and mission at Tregaron’s two entrances.