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Stoneleigh Saved – A Community Celebration

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden | Sun, December 02, 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome. We will celebrate rain or shine.

This past spring, the Lower Merion School Board announced it had targeted Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden as a possible site for a new middle school and sports complex. Despite the property being protected by a conservation easement, the School Board was prepared to seize Stoneleigh through condemnation and eminent domain. The threat prompted Natural Lands to launch the #SaveStoneleigh awareness campaign.

In response, nearly 40,000 people signed a petition, 3,000 households displayed “Save Stoneleigh” signs in their yard, and the Lower Merion School Board’s email inbox was flooded with messages of concern. Some 350 residents attended a May School Board meeting wearing crimson Save Stoneleigh t-shirts.

Thanks to this groundswell of support, we are delighted to share that Lower Merion School District has identified alternative property for their needs and has taken Stoneleigh off the table! 

Join us as we celebrate Stoneleigh’s bright future!

We’ll have “SAVED!” stickers available for pickup to add to your “Save Stoneleigh” yard signs. (If you can’t make the celebration event, you can pick up your sticker in the Stoneleigh Welcome Kiosk beginning Tuesday, December 4.)

Cookies and refreshments will be served. Remarks at 2:00 PM.

Where

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden
1829 East County Line Road
Villanova , PA 19085
directions

When

December 2, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm

For nearly 80 years, Stoneleigh was the home of the Haas family, which donated the property to Natural Lands in 2016 so that it would remain preserved forever.

The property includes stately trees, winding pathways, and lush gardens that were designed by a number of notable landscape architects over the past century—including the Olmsted Brothers, sons of the famed Frederick Law Olmsted.

Parking is available only at a nearby Villanova University parking garage. Park and walk one block east on Spring Mill Road, to the intersection with County Line Road. Cross as directed, and enter through the corner gate. The SEPTA Villanova Train Station is a short walk to/from Stoneleigh.

The Stoneleigh parking lot, located at 1829 County Line Road, will be open for handicapped parking only during this special event.

  • Dress for the weather and wear shoes for strolling on paved, graded paths.
  • Cameras and binoculars welcome!
  • Professional photographers: click here for more information about our photography program.

Registration

Online registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome. We will celebrate rain or shine.

Cancellation:
Events may be cancelled due to inclement weather or low registration. In that case, we will make every effort to update our website and contact registrants. Note that we cannot offer refunds of paid registrations or ticket purchases, but rest assured that your donation will help us in our work to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors.

Photography policy:
Attendance at Natural Lands programs and events constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and electronic media. Images will not be identified using full names without written approval from the individual. Please notify Natural Lands staff if you would prefer that your photo not be used.

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