Celebrating 100 Years

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.

Supporting Virginia State Parks

To encourage the next generation of environmental stewards to love being outdoors and to appreciate the gifts of nature. Learn more.

VMHC Special Exhibition

Virginia Museum of History and Culture "A Landscape Saved: The Garden Club of Virginia at 100" opening May 13, 2020.

Founders Day

A centennial celebration including events and guest speakers in Richmond's historic museum district.

Centennial Keepsakes

A special selection of items to commemorate the Garden Club of Virginia's 2020 Centennial. Shop Now!

Founders Day Events and Activities

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Evening reception at the Kent-Valentine House, 5 to 7 p.m. Come see your “home” refurbished and refreshed while visiting with GCV friends from all over the state. Enjoy wine and light refreshments.

Open to GCV members and their guests. No charge.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Speaker Thomas Woltz, FASLA, at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. Program at 10:30 a.m. Garden & Gun calls this rising star “a landscape architect committed to conservation and improving the world we live in.”

An innovative landscape designer, Thomas is 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.

Open to members, their guests and the general public. $40 per person.
Luncheon at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Marble Hall. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Open to members, their guests and the general public. $35 per person includes wine.
Afternoon includes self-guided tours of GCV restoration sites and an opportunity to shop or enjoy local attractions. CLICK HERE
Gala Reception and Grand Opening of the GCV exhibition, A Landscape Saved: The Garden Club of Virginia at 100, at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 6 to 9 p.m. The story of the Garden Club of Virginia is colorful, courageous and impressive. Be the first to see it brought to life.

Full bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Cocktail attire.

Open to GCV members and their guests. $100 per person.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Flower Arranging Demonstration with Paula Pryke at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. Program at 10:30 a.m.

Learn style secrets from this London-based floral designer honored by Queen Elizabeth and sought after by A-list clientele.

Open to members, their guests and the general public. $75 per person.

Thank you to our Centennial Sponsors

Roller-Bottimore Foundation
TowneBank
Hilldrup Moving and Storage
Robert and LucyHuff
Bill and Robin Ingram
Meredith Lauter
Grelen Nursery
Investment Management of Virginia
The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation
Valley Proteins
The Ashland Garden Club