Land Stewardship & Management

While the idea of managing hundreds of acres of diverse landscape is unimaginable for most people, it’s a daily reality for Longwood Gardens.

Guided by principles of ecological science, Longwood’s Land Stewardship and Ecology program adaptively manages the diverse natural lands that surround our formal gardens. Our multidisciplinary team advances scientific understanding while restoring biodiversity and planning for future sustainability. 

Key Goals & Objectives

Our sustainability planning is focused on protecting natural resources, restoring the land, and making sound decisions for the future.

Natural Lands Management

Approximately 65 percent of our 1,100 acre property is comprised of natural lands—meadows, forest, wetlands, and agricultural lands.

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 advance planning and careful management.

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.

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.

Plant Conservation

Our Orchid Conservation Program

We are working to advance orchid conservation on a global scale, using original research to develop techniques to grow large seedling populations of native orchids.