Glenstone offers more than 100 acres of landscape fully integrated with the architecture and art. The landscape includes paths, trails, streams, meadows, forests and outdoor sculptures throughout the grounds.
We have followed an organic approach to landscaping since 2010, working hard to identify gentle alternatives to harsh chemicals in order to maintain a healthy environment for our visitors and native wildlife. We maintain our own composting station and produce compost tea, which we use as a fertilizer and soil amendment throughout the grounds.
The landscape was designed by Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architects.
We planted trees, understory vegetation and groundcover flora as part of our reforestation efforts. From 2013-2018, we planted more than 7,000 trees, in addition to thousands of shrubs, annual and perennial grasses, and flowers.
We plant only native, regionally appropriate species, which require the fewest resources to maintain and provide appropriate food and habitat for local fauna.
Glenstone is home to several distinct aquatic ecosystems including the Greenbriar Branch stream, a large pond and a smaller lily pond situated along the Bridle Trail.
We use these ponds as well as three new underground cisterns to manage rainfall flow throughout the property and recycle the water for landscaping purposes. When combined, our cisterns have the capacity to hold nearly one million gallons of water. We constantly monitor the moisture of all soils to conserve as much water as possible and only supply additional irrigation when and where it is needed.
In addition to its water recycling program, Glenstone has committed to restoring the two depleted tributaries of the Potomac River located on the property. In close coordination with Montgomery County, in 2015 we implemented a plan designed to improve water quality, reduce sediment reaching the Potomac, and renew the wildlife habitat for aquatic organisms.