Century-Old Tulip Poplar Tree Crashes Into Historic Lily Pond on September 3rd! Read more; see pictures of the damage.
The Old Lily Pond has been Restored!
Our most recent ambitious project has been the restoration of the old lily pond located near Klingle Road. Once the extensive repair work was completed, the pond was filled with water. Nearly 70 large beautiful aquatic plants were added. Goldfish and a pair of ducks became residents. We also planted many beautiful bushes and flowers around the pond and stone stairs that lead to the resurrected marble overlook. The lily pond, with its overlook and new benches, is a gorgeous focal point of Tregaron's landscape. Please come visit our restored lily pond, located near open Klingle Road. The historic landscape that is owned and being rehabilitated by the Tregaron Conservancy is open to the public, every day, free of charge. In order to restore and maintain this historic landscape, the Tregaron Conservancy depends on your donations. Please contribute on line through the secure PayPal process or send a gift to P.O. Box 11351, Washington, DC 20008.
Welcome to Tregaron
"In a city of world famous and popular monuments, an under-the-radar 20-acre Country Place era estate on the edge of Rock Creek Park called Tregaron, was hands down the most popular destination in TCLF's first ever What's Out There Weekend (WOTW), September 25-26." (The Cultural Landscape Foundation October 2010 E-Newsletter)
The mission of the Tregaron Conservancy is to preserve, rehabilitate and maintain historic Tregaron Estate built in 1912. With thirteen acres of land in Washington, DC, placed into a conservancy as open green space never to be developed, the Tregaron Conservancy is now cleaning up and stabilizing the deteriorated landscape. The Conservancy is restoring this famous property, following the original maps and plans of Tregaron Estate’s renowned landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. With the help of the community and generous supporters, we have rehabilitated the extensive bridle paths and pedestrian trials. We have planted over 75 new trees, 5000 daffodils and hundreds of new bushes and plants. With miles of paths throughout the woodlands, lily ponds, gardens, meadows and along the streams, Tregaron Estate is open to visitors for their use and enjoyment. In the future, the Tregaron Conservancy will host lectures, guided walks, and cultural events – welcome to the public and at no charge.
After more than 25 years of legal battles – and with the Historic Preservation Review Board giving concept approval to a few houses on the edges of the site – neighborhood organizations realized a global resolution was needed. As a result, we negotiated a landmark deal and “won” the land through a legal agreement that provides a detailed and extremely protective settlement for Tregaron Estate’s beautiful landscape. Now, the Tregaron Conservancy continues its ambitious challenge of restoring an overgrown and forgotten site. Come visit Tregaron Estate—a magical place.