62nd Annual
GCV Conservation Forum
The Urban Landscape

Making a Difference in Your Community

Planning the 62nd Annual Garden Club of Virginia Conservation Forum began during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic when the reality of an "in-person" event was in doubt. The decision to create an online forum opened a gateway to some of the most comprehensive environmental information from across the Commonwealth and beyond. The Urban Landscape offers original presentations with companion articles and provides resources from noted experts and GCV member clubs. Images throughout the website link directly to video recordings, slide presentations, publications, photographs and websites providing inspiration, knowledge, and practical tools for Making a Difference in Your Community. 

2020 Dugdale Award Recipients

The Dugdale Award for Meritorious Achievement in Conservation was first awarded in 1974 and named in 1989 for Mrs. Arthur A. Dugdale of the Ashland Garden Club, an outstanding member of the GCV who originated the Conservation Forum. It is presented to an organization, industry or an individual who is not a GCV member for outstanding work in conservation.

2020 Conservation Educator Award Recipients

Established in 2016, the Conservation Educator Award is designed to recognize individuals or organizations whose work in an educational environment supports the conservation ideals of the Garden Club of Virginia.

Sarah McGuire Nuss

Nuss is Education Coordinator of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, working to coordinate programs to increase awareness, understanding, appreciation, and responsible use of the Chesapeake Bay estuary.

Proposed by the Garden Club of Gloucester, the Hampton Roads Garden Club and the Williamsburg Garden Club.

Phil Satolli

Satolli is a classroom teacher and Student Garden Club director at Lacey Spring Elementary School in Lacey Spring. He has developed comprehensive, schoolwide programs to provide hands on experience in gardening, composting, gardening , cooking harvested foods, planting trees and attracting pollinators.

Proposed by the Spotswood Garden Club

Candace Lutzow-Felling

Lutzow-Felling is the Director of Education at Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia. She has served in this capacity since 2006 and has demonstrated superlative leadership skills in developing conservation education outreach to not only the surrounding community, but the entire state and beyond.

Proposed by the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club.

Thank you to our 2020 Conservation Forum Sponsor

Allison Clock, Chairman
The Hampton Roads Garden Club

Nina Mustard, Website
The Williamsburg Garden Club

Contributing Writers and Editors

Becky Balzer, Changing Roanoke's Landscape
Roanoke Valley Garden Club

Anne Beals, Tree Fredericksburg
The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club

Eva Clarke, Planning
The James River Garden Club 

Jane Edwards, Conservation Awards
The Garden Club of Norfolk

Nancy Holcomb, Planning
The Garden Club of the Eastern Shore

Heidi James, Native and Solitary Bees; Bee City/Bee Campus
The Lynchburg Garden Club

Sara Ann Johnson, Lexington video
The Nansemond River Garden Club

Anne Alexander Marshall, Gloucester video
The Garden Club of Gloucester

Jeanette McKittrick, Richmond’s Low Line
Three Chopt Garden Club

Forrest Moore, Mill Mountain Wildflower Garden
Mill Mountain Garden Club

Nella Timmons, Peter Paul Development Center
The Boxwood Garden Club

Meg Turner, Richmond Low Line
The James River Garden Club

Barbara Walsh, Lexington video
The Blue Ridge Garden Club

Video Contributors

Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust

Lexington Main Street

Plant Pop