Back to Nature

Horticulture, Hiking and Conservation Forum Trees: Canopy of Conservation

Join Us at Natural Bridge

September 24-25

Back to Nature with the Garden Club of Virginia!  The 2-day event at Natural Bridge State Park opens Tuesday, September 24 with our popular Horticulture Show and will include guided hikes, geocaching and a tree planting to celebrate our work at Natural Bridge. Join friends for Horticulture Sip and See in late afternoon.

Wednesday, September 25 features the Garden Club of Virginia's 61st Annual Conservation Forum - Trees: Canopy of Conservation. This popular event includes four speakers who will present a broad range of topics relating trees to the benefit of our environment. Pre-registration required for the Conservation Forum. $35 admission includes continental breakfast.

Natural Bridge and its surroundings were once settled by the Monacan Indians, later owned by Thomas Jefferson and surveyed by George Washington. Carved out of limestone by Cedar Creek, Natural Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The earliest written account of the bridge was in 1742 by the explorer John Peter Sallings, who settled in this region. In 1774, Thomas Jefferson successfully applied for a land grant from King George III that included the 215-foot-tall bridge. In the late 18th century Natural Bridge, considered one of the natural wonders of the New World, became a popular tourist destination. 

Virginia Native Plant Horticulture Show. Knowing, growing and showing Virginia Native Plants.
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Guided Tours, Geocaching and Self-Guided Hiking. Gather friends and enjoy nature your way!
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61st Annual Conservation Forum - Trees: Canopy of Conservation. Four speakers, four topics.
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Timeline of Events and Activities

Monday, September 23 Natural Bridge Visitor Center
9:00 am - 2:00 pmHorticulture Show setup
2:00 pm -5:00 pmHorticulture registration and entries accepted
Tuesday, September 24 Natural Bridge Visitor Center
8:00 am - 10:00 amRegistration and entries accepted
10:00 am - 1:00 pmHorticulture judging
10:00 am - 12 noonGuided Tree Hike, geocaching and self-guided hiking
12 noon - 1:30 pmLunch on your own
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmBartlett program with Rockbridge Elementary School children
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmTree planting / Ribbon cutting / Conservation awards and reception
2:00 pm - 6:00 pmHorticulture open
2:30 pm - 4:30 pmGuided Tree Hike, geocaching and self-guided hiking
4:00 - 6:00 pmSip and See
Wednesday, September 25 Natural Bridge Hotel, Washington Hall
8:30 am - 9:30 amRegistration and continental breakfast
9:30 am - 12:30 pmForum speakers
12:30 pmLunch on your own
2:30 pm - 3:30 pmHour-long, strenuous guided hike at Virginia Horse Center


Recommended Lodging
Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center
15 Appledore Ln
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
Telephone number and code
540-291-2121 ext. 1
Rate=$99 + tax

Lunch Options
Lunch is on your own. Natural Bridge State Park offers snack bar service in the Visitor Center. Natural Bridge Hotel offers a full service dining room.

Natural Bridge State Park, 6477 S Lee Hwy, Natural Bridge, VA 24578

Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Rd, Lexington, VA 24450