The Garden Club of Virginia leads the challenge to protect and conserve Virginia’s natural beauty, to restore and preserve Virginia’s historic gardens and landscapes, and to provide educational opportunities in support of these challenges. Founded in 1920 by eight garden clubs from around the commonwealth, the GCV today is an active association of 47 member clubs with more than 3,300 civic and community leaders.
There are nearly 50 Garden Club of Virginia restoration projects currently active, and since 1996, 25 historic landscapes and gardens have been documented by Research Fellows.
The Garden Club of Virginia’s signature 8-day event, Historic Garden Week in Virginia, attracts nearly 30,000 annual visitors from around the nation. The beginning of Historic Garden Week dates to 1927, when a flower show organized by the Garden Club of Virginia raised an impressive $7,000 to save some of the trees planted by Thomas Jefferson on the lawn at Monticello.
Today, tour proceeds primarily fund the restoration of Virginia’s historic gardens and provide graduate level research fellowships. In celebration of the GCV 2020 centennial, funds have also been pledged to support Virginia State Parks.