The Garden Club of Virginia is an active association of 47 clubs, whose members together
form a group of more than 3,300 civic leaders from around the state. The purposes of The
Garden Club of Virginia are to promote gardening among amateurs; to protect native trees,
wildflowers and birds; to encourage conservation of natural resources; to promote civic
planting; to encourage roadside beautification; and to aid in the restoration and preservation
of Virginia's historic gardens.
This commitment to historic garden restoration dates practically from the
inception of the club in the 1920s. Through the efforts of its Restoration Committee, over
40 such projects have been undertaken since 1924, the records for most of which
may now be found in the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. Selections from those
records are presented here to allow students of historic gardens to trace the development and
contributions of the club's efforts in Virginia. Its Restoration Committee set high
standards for the selection of sites, research on specific gardens and gardening history,
restoration and preservation activities, and long-term commitment to garden care and
For more information on The Garden Club of Virginia and its various programs, including its
annual flower shows and annual Historic Garden Week, visit
In addition to the historic properties featured on this site, The Garden Club of Virginia has restored landscapes at many others including the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Historic St. Luke’s Church, Hollins University, Lee Hall, Moses Myers House, and Poplar Forest. For the complete list of restorations, please visit http://www.gcvirginia.org/restorations.cfm.
Please note that photographic images featured on these web pages show historic properties at various stages of restoration, but do not necessarily represent the landscapes as they appear today. The collection was received in 1997 from The Garden Club of Virginia and accession records bear that year date, but the photographs themselves were taken at various times between the 1920s and the 1990s, although exact dates are often difficult to ascertain.
For additional information on the first twenty-three of The Garden Club's restoration
projects, see Dorothy Hunt Williams, Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservations by The Garden
Club of Virginia (Charlottesville, The University Press of Virginia, 1975).
For information on The Garden Club of Virginia’s more recent restorations, see Margaret Page Bemiss, Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservation Work of The Garden Club of Virginia, 1975-2007 (Charlottesville, The University of Virginia Press, 2009). Purchase Historic Virginia Gardens (University of Virginia Press, 2009) by Margaret Page Bemiss online
To access the descriptive records of the Garden Club's Restoration Committee papers at the
Virginia Historical Society, search the
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Garden Club papers cannot be made without permission from the Virginia Historical Society and
The Garden Club of Virginia.
Last updated September 1, 2011