OSGF’s goal is to inspire and facilitate scholarship, public dialogue and consequential action related to plants, gardens and landscapes. Our activities and programs are structured to meet these goals in four programmatic areas that leverage Bunny Mellon’s legacy, including her gardens, Library, home, and 700 acres of land:
The Culture of Gardens + Horticultural Practice
Developing the theory and practice of gardening, including its cultural dimensions.
Botanical, Garden + Landscape Art
Inspiring the study and development of artistic creativity relating to plants, gardens and landscapes.
The Importance of Plants for Human Well-being, Including Sustainable Agriculture
Building awareness of the importance of plants for healthy lives, including through more sustainable approaches to agriculture.
Advancing knowledge of how the diversity of plant life came to be, and how it can be conserved and used in sustainable ways.