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Guided by our “Soil to Sky Management Plan,” our natural lands team deftly oversees the property’s varying landscapes with an eye to maintaining and preserving the natural resources that are integral to Longwood’s long-term sustainability.

Key Goals and Objectives

Our “Soil to Sky Management Plan” guides the land use and stewardship principles, practices, and decisions regarding our open space resources and serves as a road map for the future.  

Perimeter Management

Approximately 65 percent of our 1,077-acre property is comprised of perimeter and natural lands—meadows, forest, wetlands, and agricultural lands—that provide a buffer between the Gardens and neighboring properties.

Protecting Viewsheds

Our viewsheds serve to create a sense of enclosure and add to the natural landscape. While some of these viewsheds are naturally occurring, many are the result of advanced planning and careful management.

Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife is an integral part of our natural ecosystems, contributing to their health and resiliency, while adding to Longwood’s natural beauty. At Longwood Gardens, land stewardship includes the development and maintenance of suitable habitats for these treasured residents.