Research Fellowships

Garden Club of Virginia research fellowships are designed to provide college and graduate level students with an opportunity to study topics relating to conservation, environmental affairs, and landscape architecture. Students work under the guidance of professionals in their chosen field of study and provide valuable research findings upon completion of their term. Research fellows in landscape architecture have built an impressive library of historic garden documentation since 1996 when the fellowship program was initiated. The first Conservation and Environmental Studies fellowship was awarded in 2014, beginning a new era for the Garden Club of Virginia.

Landscape Architecture

In a continuing effort to build a comprehensive record of historic gardens in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) offers two research Fellowships for graduate students currently working towards an MLA or equivalent degree. The Fellowships promote the research and documentation of historic Virginia gardens.

The Rieley Fellowship is named in honor of William D. Rieley, FASLA, the Garden Club of Virginia's landscape architect since 1998.

The Favretti Fellowship is named in honor of the Garden Club of Virginia's former landscape architect, Rudy J. Favretti, FASLA, in appreciation for his distinguished contributions to historic landscape scholarship, restoration, and education. 

To learn more about the landscape architecture research fellowships and to browse the comprehensive GCV library of historic garden records and site plans, visit

Conservation and Environmental Studies

The Garden Club of Virginia Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellowship supports research in areas relating to the conservation of natural resources and/or environmental studies concerning flora, fauna or community (cultural practices) that directly impact the Commonwealth of Virginia. Candidates are selected by a committee composed of the Chairman of the GCV Conservation and Beautification Committee, the Chairman of the Conservation and Environmental Fellowship Committee, an at-large member of the GCV, and a university faculty member in a related field.