Throughout its 100 years, the Garden Club of Virginia has held fast to its core goals: to preserve Virginia’s natural resources and historic landscapes and to inform, educate, and challenge others to become engaged in those issues. May 2019 through May 2020 marks a milestone in the club’s history and with it, special programs, celebrations and educational opportunities throughout the state.
VMHC Special Exhibition
Virginia Museum of History and Culture "A Landscape Saved: The Garden Club of Virginia at 100" opening May 13, 2020.
A centennial celebration including events and guest speakers in Richmond's historic museum district.
|Monday, May 12, 2020|
|Evening reception at the Kent-Valentine House for GCV members and guests|
|Tuesday, May 13, 2020|
|Speaker Thomas Woltz, FASLA. Thomas L. Woltz is an innovative landscape designer known around the world for his imaginative work which integrates the beauty and function of built form with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology. His work has yielded hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows and wildlife habitat. Recent projects include the Hudson Yards in New York City, Memorial Park in Houston, the Aga Khan Garden in Alberta Canada and Cornwall Park in New Zealand.|
|Visits to local restoration sites|
|Evening Gala and Grand Opening of “A Landscape Saved: The Garden Club of Virginia at 100” at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. The story of the GCV is colorful, courageous and impressive. Follow the founders, architects and partners who worked together over the past century, overcoming many challenges, to create a shared vision for the commonwealth. From the first landscape restoration at Kenmore in 1929 to the current work with Virginia State Parks, the exhibition informs attendees about the current and future challenges Virginia faces, and encourages involvement in conserving the gifts of nature.|
|Wednesday, May 14, 2020|
|Speaker Paula Pryke, O.B.E. In 1988, Paula Pryke had a dream of opening a little flower shop in Islington. From these humble beginnings she has become one of London's top florists and sought after by A-list clientele. Paula has written 17 floral books, which have been translated into many languages. Her Flower School reflects her passion for flowers and demonstrates her defining style in a way that can be easily re-created. In 2014 Paula was honored with an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honors List for services to the floristry industry.|