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.
A Sense of Place
As a starting place for developing a landscape management plan, OSGF completed a comprehensive site survey on 263 acres of the Foundation's property. The survey resulted not just in a clearer picture of how to sustainably manage the land, but also a holistic sense of place, with threads connecting Oak Spring's future to its natural and human history. You can read the survey here:
Our Convening Spaces
OSGF welcomes leaders in the fields of plant-related study and practice to its grounds to engage in meaningful dialogue. OSGF hosts invite-only workshops on a variety of topics relating to our mission.
Facilities at OSGF for meeting and dining for up to 20 people at a time include the newly-renovated Broodmare Barn, as well as the newly-renovated Oak Spring Gallery.
OSGF has on-site housing for up to 20 short-term guests (such as conference participants) as well as self-accommodating guests (like artists-in-residence, interns, and fellows).
The following stories highlight different ways we have been using out site, from conferences and workshops to landscape management.