Back to Nature
Horticulture, Hiking and Conservation Forum Trees: Canopy of Conservation
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 with Bartlett Tree Experts to celebrate our work at Natural Bridge. Join friends for Horticulture Sip and See in late afternoon.
Then head down to Cedar Creek for a casual outdoor "Tuscan" dinner buffet surrounded by what Thomas Jefferson called “the most sublime of nature’s works.” Meet conservation award recipients as well as presenters at the next day’s Conservation Forum. Pre-registration required for the Tuscan dinner buffet. $35 per person, limited seating. SOLD OUT. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to waitlist.
Cap off the night with a guided Stargazer tour. The moon and stars have been a constant source of inspiration for centuries of generations. Unfortunately, electric lighting has made the starry skies a rarity for many of us. Take advantage of the dark skies at Natural Bridge State Park for a night of star viewing on Jefferson Point. Gain a new appreciation for night sky by learning about it with the rangers at Natural Bridge. Binoculars for enhanced viewing will be provided by the park. Pre-registration required for the Stargazer Tour. No cost, limit 20. SOLD OUT. Contact email@example.com to waitlist.
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. CLICK HERE for Conservation Forum
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.
|Monday, September 23 Natural Bridge Visitor Center|
|9:00 am - 2:00 pm||Horticulture Show setup|
|2:00 pm -5:00 pm||Horticulture registration and entries accepted|
|Tuesday, September 24 Natural Bridge Visitor Center|
|8:00 am - 10:00 am||Registration and entries accepted|
|10:00 am - 1:00 pm||Horticulture judging|
|10:00 am - 12 noon||Guided Tree Hike, geocaching and self-guided hiking|
|12 noon - 1:30 pm||Lunch on your own|
|1:00 pm - 1:30 pm||Bartlett program with Rockbridge Elementary School children|
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||Tree planting / Ribbon cutting / Conservation awards and reception|
|2:00 pm - 6:00 pm||Horticulture open|
|2:30 pm - 4:30 pm||Guided Tree Hike, geocaching and self-guided hiking|
|4:00 pm - 6:00 pm||Sip and See|
|6:15 pm||Gather at Visitor Center lower level for shuttle to Cedar Creek.|
|6:30 pm - 8:00 pm||Cedar Creek Buffet Dinner SOLD OUT. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to waitlist.|
|8:45 pm||Gather at Hotel Lobby for Stargazer Tour shuttle.|
|9:00 pm||Stargazer Tour (limit 20) Contact SOLD OUT. Contact email@example.com to waitlist.|
|Wednesday, September 25 Natural Bridge Hotel, Washington Hall|
|8:30 am - 9:30 am||Registration and continental breakfast|
|9:30 am - 12:30 pm||Forum speakers|
|12:30 pm||Lunch on your own|
|2:30 pm - 3:30 pm||Hour-long, strenuous guided hike at Virginia Horse Center|
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 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