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Sustaining Our Natural Resources

This is our story of sustainability and of our future—a story that illustrates our commitment to the preservation and improvement of the earth’s natural resources.

Land Stewardship and Management

Our commitment to ecological land management and preservation extends beyond the formal Gardens to include nearly 700 acres of natural areas consisting of meadows, forests, and wetlands.  These practices are governed by our “Soil to Sky Management Plan.”

Recycling and Composting

We are leaders in innovative recycling and composting practices. In 2012, we were recognized for our work in this area with the Chester County Green Business Award.

Integrated Pest Management

Protecting Gardens and structures from the onslaught of natural pests and rodents is a daily battle at Longwood. Through the application of Integrated Pest Management strategies, our staff members successfully address this ongoing challenge.

Water Conservation

Conserving the earth’s most valuable resource is of the utmost concern to us. Using proven irrigation systems and water-management approaches, our staff strikes a delicate balance between nature and man.

Alternative Energy Resources

We have made a pledge to minimize our impact on the environment by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. This has led to a tireless pursuit of viable sources of renewable energy. These include a 10-acre solar field that produces 2 million kilowatt hours per year and accounts for about 30 percent of our annual expenditure.