Royal Oak Foundation
As the former president of Arts Britannia, Marjorie G. Rosen organized decorative/fine arts tours of the UK and designed and sold her own line of hanging garden baskets. Her love of tourism and horticulture also informed her tenure as a board member with the Royal Oak Foundation. While she sat on the Royal Oak board of directors, Marjorie G. Rosen had the chance to travel to many important UK gardens with leading figures in British horticulture.
All members of the Royal Oak Foundation gain membership in the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, an organization that dates back to 1895. Founded by three Victorian philanthropists who were alarmed by uncontrolled industrial development in Britain, the National Trust currently protects approximately 610,000 acres of UK countryside and 775 miles of coastline. It also preserves and maintains 350 country homes of the British aristocracy and other important historic sites.
Their regular membership fees give Royal Oak Foundation provide unlimited admission to all National Trust assets with an all-access pass. Other benefits of Foundation membership include a National Trust handbook and parking pass, three editions of the National Trust members’ magazine, two editions of the Royal Oak newsletter, and discounted entry fees to a range of partnering museums and heritage attractions.
Royal Oak Foundation
An experienced plant collector and knowledgeable horticulturalist, Marjorie G. Rosen serves as vice chairman of the board of the New York Botanical Garden. She is also a former board member of the Royal Oak Foundation, Marjorie G. Rosen traveled with the foundation to notable public and private gardens in the United Kingdom every summer.
A partner of the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the nonprofit Royal Oak Foundation was founded in 1973. Over the course of its history, the foundation has raised more than $7.5 million for the National Trust for the restoration of significant properties and the protection of the coastline. Open to anyone with an interest in the art, history, and culture of the United Kingdom, the Royal Oak Foundation offers benefits like unlimited entry to many National Trust properties and hosts a number of programs domestically and abroad.
Domestically, the foundation presents lectures in 10 different cities nationwide, including San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia. With more than 800 lectures held over the past 44 years, they cover a variety of topics relevant to the National Trust. Members can also take part in specially-priced travel programs, and many international travel programs include house and garden tours to give members an up-close-and-personal view of National Trust properties.