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Conferences at Oak Spring

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being. A major way we are able to facilitate such dialogue is by hosting small groups for short retreat-style collaborative meetings. We accept proposals for mission-related conferences, workshops and short courses. Proposals for the 2020 calendar year closed on August 11th, 2019. Check back here for updates on when we will begin accepting proposals for 2021.

Our Amenities

The Oak Spring estate is nestled in the bucolic and historic Northern Virginia piedmont. Our property is ideally suited for peaceful and productive collaboration among small groups, who have access to a variety of resources during their stay, including:

  • Ensuite-style overnight accommodations for up to 20.

  • Three optional conference/meeting spaces.

  • Teleconferencing technology.

  • Multimedia studio for recording interviews, lectures and conversations.

  • Over five miles of walking trails.

  • The Oak Spring Garden Library.

Meeting Spaces

Conference-goers can gather to meet in the Basket House, the Mill Reef Conference Room, or the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation Conference Center. Each of these rooms has something to offer and is assigned by a group’s needs, including access to teleconferencing technology, breakout areas, kitchen space, and more.


OSGF has en-suite accommodations in a number of buildings, including the main Mellon residence, guest houses, and Paul Mellon’s renovated Broodmare Barn. Each room has been updated and comfortably-appointed, making them ideal places to rest and relax after a day of productive meetings.