Five years ago today we were gathering to dedicate the McDonald Family Trails! Thanks to the generosity of Diana and Ward McDonald, these trails and surrounding woodlands have been significantly improved over the last few years, and will continued to be well cared for into the future. It was an honor to work with Diana and Ward to identify a project that was not only meaningful for them personally, but will benefit Allerton's natural areas and visitors for generations to come. Read their story … [Read more...] about April 21, 2016: Why We Give
Let Allerton help you and your team find the balance between working toward organizational goals and bonding during a time you might need it most. Our group retreats offer the chance for teams to strengthen their relationship with various activities designed to rebuild, reconnect, and remember what makes a team work. Rebuild through the outdoor Allerton experience while engaged in a fun, team building exercise. Reconnect over a distanced meal or happy hour. We will prepare a secluded outdoor … [Read more...] about Rebuild, Reconnect, Remember What Makes a Team Work
By Micah Putman, Facilities Supervisor Originally a vegetable garden, the Brick Wall Garden is the oldest garden at Allerton, designed by the same architect of the Allerton Mansion, John Borie. It has come a long way since its construction in 1902, and now stands as a classic example of an English walled garden, with clipped boxwood parterre hedge, espalier apple trees trained to grow against the walls, and, thanks to recent donations, the addition of 1,300 new plants, 25 yards of mulch, and … [Read more...] about A Labor of Love
Enjoy this virtual walk along the Brown Trail where you'll see the Virginia Bluebells have started to bloom! https://youtu.be/g_Watk2Wjgg … [Read more...] about Bluebells on the Brown Trail
A quiet, rainy Sunday morning drone tour of the formal gardens. … [Read more...] about Spring Drone Tour
“The Allerton prairie getting greener by the day! Lots of work went into this area this year and we can’t wait to see it this summer/fall. Check out the spiderweb-like art that the animals trails create amongst the bare soil.” -Alex, Natural Areas Manager … [Read more...] about Prairie From Above
In addition to seven lodging rooms, The House in the Woods features a relaxing common area with a couch, TV, mini fridge, microwave, and toaster - making it the perfect spot for your next peaceful getaway! Built in 1917 to house Robert Allerton’s gardening staff, The House in the Woods is tucked into a secluded alcove between the Sunken Garden and Centaur, just steps from the Yellow Trail. Gather a close group of friends or family and plan for a weekend away surrounded by the quiet of nature … [Read more...] about House in the Woods Highlight
Check out what's been happening on our strategically-placed trail cams.... Our Natural Areas Managers (who double as detectives) found a den in the side of the bluff and decided to investigate. A chubby-cheeked critter (let's call him Alvin) and a few other surprise vistors made an appearance! https://youtu.be/xEVJBRU3hPs … [Read more...] about Alvin Cam!