The Mission of the Garden
The mission of the Chase Garden is to continue the artistic vision of Emmott and Ione Chase and to preserve their garden for public enjoyment and education.
Our vision for the Chase Garden is to:
- Manage and interpret the site as a public garden while retaining its residential character.
- Establish the garden as a key horticultural education resource for Pierce County and the region through tours, programs and outreach.
- Develop a destination nursery featuring native plants and groundcovers.
- Offer the use of the house to organizations for meetings and retreats.
- Promote the Chases’ love of nature and practical approach to garden-making through the use of native plants and ecologically sound gardening.
- Continue the high standards of maintenance established by the Chases through the efforts of a professional garden staff and volunteers.
Preserving the Chases’ Vision
It is the goal of the Garden Conservancy and the Friends of the Chase Garden, a group of dedicated local volunteers and supporters, to preserve the garden by continuing to operate the garden in the spirit of the Chases, by opening it to the public, and by developing programming that makes the Chase Garden a vibrant part of life in the region.
By maintaining the beauty of the garden and sharing its character; establishing the garden as a horticultural resource for Pierce County with programs, tours, and outreach; and promoting the ecologically sound gardening practices of the Chases, we hope to attract not only the local community but visitors from around the world. We’ve added a small nursery specializing in native plants and “Ione’s Garden Shop” that includes garden books and garden décor . We plan on adapting the site as a center for organizational meetings, retreats, and educational programs.
The passing of Emmott Chase in 2010 brought with it new challenges and opportunities for the garden. In order to open the garden to the public and to offer the house as a meeting center, the Garden Conservancy and the Friends of the Chase Garden are reaching out to the greater Pierce County and Puget Sound community for volunteers and leaders, for partners to help raise awareness of the garden and its mission, and to sponsors, foundations, and members who can help to support the garden. Help from horticultural, conservation, and preservation organizations is also essential in maintaining the integrity and beauty of the house and garden and preserving the inspiring legacy of Ione and Emmott Chase.
Mission & Managment
Managing the Chase Garden Today
A full time garden director, lead horticulturist and dedicated group of volunteers continue the artistic vision of Emmott and Ione Chase and preserve the garden for public enjoyment and education. The garden is supported through membership, visitation, tours and plant sales and various fundraising activities that are the primary support for the garden’s operations.
To join our team of wonderful volunteers, please download and return the membership form on the Chase Garden website. For more information on volunteering at the Chase Garden, Volunteer Application.
In 2010 Emmott Chase deeded the Chase Garden to the Garden Conservancy, a national organization whose mission is to preserve America’s exceptional gardens. The Conservancy now owns the garden and employs a garden director and full time horticulturist and will continue to manage the garden through the end of June. It will be closing to the public on June 30th. To better secure a sustainable future for the garden, the Garden Conservancy is pursuing a sale to a friendly buyer and continues to be open to finding a local organization to manage Chase as a public garden.
For questions about booking a tour, events, facilities rental, volunteering, photography, or other Chase Garden information: firstname.lastname@example.org