THE GARDEN CLUB OF VIRGINIA
VOL LIV, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2009
The Garden Club of Virginia exists to celebrate
the beauty of the land, to conserve the gifts of
nature and to challenge future generations to
build on this heritage.
F ROM T HE E DITOR
The Garden Club of Virginia blogs, is on Facebook and you can sign up for
GCV Twitters. With these advanced communication tools you can keep up with
events, discuss gardening and enjoy facets of friendship that our membership
affords us across the state. I was delighted to attend Horticulture Field Day this
year in Orange. A full range of private gardens was on display. To me, it was a
microcosm of our club. To some of us, gardening means that patch of green in the
backyard with our favorite trees, shrubs and perennials. For others, it is the source
of sustenance, whether that is a few tomato plants or acres of crops. Some of us
enjoy sculpting the landscape with formal beds and design, while others are
inspired by flowers to make floral design. For some the call of preservation is
strong and their garden is larger. It is worthy work to preserve open space, restore
historic landscapes and protect woodlands. Conservation calls us to safeguard our
land and water and air for future gardeners. No one aspect is complete without the
others. We are interdependent and our success lies in all that we share. Whether
our discussions are in the woods identifying trees or online sharing tips for cutting
costs for HGW, we are enriching our garden club experience. I hope that this issue
of the Journal provides you with something to talk about and an avenue of inspira-
tion for more good work in the name of the Garden Club of Virginia.
Journal Editorial Board
Editor and Chairman: Jeanette Cadwallender, The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club
The GCV President, Cabell West, The Tuckahoe Garden Club of Westhampton
The GCV Corresponding Secretary, Meg Clement, Three Chopt Garden Club
The GCV Director of Public Relations, Lea Shuba, The Hunting Creek Garden Club
Chairman, Aileen Laing, The Warrenton Garden Club
Journal Advertising Chairman, Kay Kelly, The Mill Mountain Garden Club
Mason Beazley, The James River Garden Club, The Garden Club of the Northern Neck
Betty Delk, The Nansemond River Garden Club
Julie Grover, The Blue Ridge Garden Club, The James River Garden Club
Mary Ann Johnson, Roanoke Valley Garden Club
Sarah Pierson, The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club
Laurie Starke, The Warrenton Garden Club
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ON THE COVER...
With this issue of the Journal we honor the
The Garden Club of Virginia Warrenton Garden Club host of the Board of
Journal Governor’s meeting, October 13-15, 2009.
Design by Lindsey Dengel.
The Garden Club of Virginia Journal
(USPS 574-520, ISSN 0431-0233) is IN THIS ISSUE...
published four times a year for members Surviving the Recession . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
by the GCV, 12 East Franklin St.,
Bessie Bocock Carter Conservation Award . . . . . . 3
Richmond, VA 23219. Periodical
postage paid in Richmond, VA. Single Back to School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
issue price, $3.00. Osage Orange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Star. . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Copy and ad deadlines are:
Symposium 2010 Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
January 15 for the March issue
April 15 for the June issue Nominations Sought. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
July 15 for the September issue Rose Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
October 15 for the December issue GVC Symposium 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Email copy to the Editor and advertising 51st Annual Conservation Forum. . . . . . . 12
to the Ad Chairman Ruby Lee Norris Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . 13
67th Annual Lily Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
President of The Garden Club of Virginia:
Cabell West 71st Annual Rose Show . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Suffolk’s Cedar Hill Cemetery. . . . . . . 17
Journal Editor: Preparing for a Rainy Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Jeanette Cadwallender Club Notes LGC of Winchester . . . . . . 19
615 Fauquier Street
Club Notes Warrenton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: (540) 373-7210 Talking Trash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Club Notes Danville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Lily Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Journal Advertising Chairman: Daffodil Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Kay Kelly Annual Meeting Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
112 Serpentine Rd., S.W.
Flower Arranging School . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Roanoke, VA 22401
Phone: (540) 343-9089 Ex Libris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Email: KKelly112@aol.com Contributions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
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Surviving the Recession
By Suzanne Munson
Executive Director, Historic Garden Week
espite the gloomy financial news, Historic Garden Week 2009 weathered the
D recession in good stead. Forecasts for ticket sales were below the $700,000
mark, and we were thrilled to see total proceeds exceed $728,000.
While not as great as our 75th anniversary last year, income was approximately
$29,400 higher than 2007 proceeds. Except for a few days, Mother Nature cooperat-
ed. Some staycationers decided to visit our beautiful Virginia gardens and homes
rather than those abroad and, after a long winter, everyone seemed to be ready for a
lovely spring outing.
Of the total of $728,300 in this year’s income, about 44 percent of the sales were
made in advance—approximately $294,250 in local advance sales and $25,856 in
internet tickets. Clubs are encouraged to conduct strong marketing efforts next spring
at local sales outlets in their areas.
This year, via the internet, a weeklong pass was introduced for all tours, resulting in
nearly $2,000 in income. We expect the popularity of this option to increase. The cost
is $175 per person and $300 per couple.
Income and expense reports for tours are available from our office. Total local
expenses deducted for the 2009 tours were approximately $144,500. This number
includes the amount shared with Historic Richmond Foundation (Richmond’s
Wednesday tour) and participating James River plantations. During the coming
months, clubs are encouraged to seek as much underwriting as possible for expenses.
A talented Richmond producer has created an appealing TV spot for Garden Week,
pro bono. We want to run this statewide next April, but we need sponsors to under-
write the cost. If you can think of a business, school, organization, family or individual
who would like to partner with us as an underwriter, please contact me by this fall.
Interest in our 2010 tours is growing, including plans to visit by the Toronto
Garden Club, the Garden Club of Dallas and the Garden Club of Natchez,
Mississippi, among many others. Please invite your friends from other areas and their
garden clubs to visit us next April. The daily schedule is posted on
Publicity is key to the tours’ success and was widespread this year, with a growing
Garden Week presence on the internet. Print media coverage was also good. This
message ran in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on April 18: “Today marks the opening
of Historic Garden Week in Virginia. During the coming days, people will have a chance
to tour some of the loveliest gardens in the commonwealth, which means some of the loveli-
est gardens in the nation. Ours is a beautiful world. Gardening enhances a gift. Proceeds
from Garden Week help support Virginia’s tradition of graceful landscaping.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Thank you for your part in making this
wonderful tradition possible for more than seven decades.
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The Bessie Bocock Carter
By Anne Beals, GCV Conservation and Beautification Committee
The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club
essie Carter was interested in conservation before the
B subject was a matter of constant public attention.
This was an interest she shared with those of us who
had the great pleasure to know her before, during and after
her tenure as Garden Club of Virginia president. She was a
formative force in Virginia’s conservation community. After
her death last year, her family informed the GCV that they
would like to endow a conservation award in her memory to
Jack Carter speaking at honor her many accomplishments. They want to emphasize
the Annual Meeting that the conservation of the Commonwealth’s resources is an
ongoing responsibility for us all.
The Bessie Bocock Carter Conservation Award was announced during the Annual
Meeting in Virginia Beach in May; its establishment was made possible by a generous
gift from her family. At the meeting Bessie’s son, Jack Carter, spoke of her many
accomplishments and delighted everyone with a story of unusual compost transported
from her farm at Afton Mountain to her yard in Richmond. She was a practical gar-
dener who never wasted anything.
Bessie Carter’s legacy will be honored every year at the Annual Meeting beginning
in 2010. The intent of the award is to fund a conservation project as a catalyst for
community action. It is a monetary award that will be presented annually to a person,
persons, club or organization in concert with a GCV member club for either natural
resource conservation or environmental protection within the Commonwealth. The
deadline for proposals is March 1, 2010. Requirements for presenting a project for
consideration will be made available to individual clubs by their Conservation chairs;
those proposals will then be presented to the Conservation and Beautification
Committee chair for review. The GCV Board of Directors has developed a panel of
present and former members of the C&B Committee which will evaluate the merits of
individual proposals and make the award.
By keeping Bessie Carter’s sensitivity to conservation in our thoughts, we are honor-
ing her memory with strong conservation projects in our neighborhoods. Her interest
in conservation and her love of the Commonwealth and the Garden Club of Virginia
all come together in this exciting new award.
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Back to School
By Susan Claytor, GCV Restoration Committee
Winchester-Clarke Garden Club
n 2008 the Garden Club of Virginia Restoration Committee undertook a new
I project, restoration of the John Handley High School landscape in Winchester.
History, tradition and intense community pride have always been a part of that
school. The landscape has played an extremely important role. When the Restoration
Committee announced that it would take on the landscape renovation at Handley as
its first public high school renovation, William D. Rieley, of Rieley and Associates,
stated, “It’s a wonderful precedent.”
The history of the school began with a gentleman, Judge John Handley, from
Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Judge often visited good friends in Winchester and devel-
oped a fond relationship with the community. He bequeathed upon his death in 1895
a sum of money to the city of Winchester to be used to build a library and a school.
The Handley Board of Trustees was established and still exists today. Handley is a pri-
vately endowed public school. The Winchester Public School system controls the aca-
demics but must seek the approval of the Handley Trust to make landscape or struc-
In 1921 a new structure was built on property where a city school already existed.
The brick building, constructed in the neoclassical revival style, has Corinthian
columns gracing its front. The school is sited on a hill and flights of steps lead down
from the Palladian façade to a bowl surrounding a flat area of ground that stretches to
Architect Walter Roy McCornack was retained to undertake design of the building
and grounds. Mr. McCornack (1877-1961) was known for his work with schools and
public housing. After working in Cleveland for many years, he accepted a position as
dean of the School of Architecture and Regional and City Planning at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and there he remained until his retirement.
Mr. McCornack made the grounds at Handley a city focal point. His intent was to
place a public building, a school, in a park-like area that would be a part of city life all
could enjoy. His original 1924 design model still exists and is evidence of how he
intended to achieve harmony between a school and a public park. Note in the photo
that the bowl area became playing fields for school sports and the beautiful allees of
trees emphasize the feeling of a park. The many varied tree plantings add to the beauty
of the school building and at the same time shape the park
Handley is the only high school in the city, and as the community has grown, the
school has had to make accommodations. The School Board, the Handley Trustees
and the City of Winchester decided to renovate Handley rather than build a new
school. After renovation of the school building was completed, focus turned to the
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athletic fields, which needed to be enhanced and enlarged. This meant changes to the
popular park. Some changes had already occurred. Over time plantings had moved
away from the original landscape design. Trees had been removed because of disease,
damage or overgrowth and others planted that did not fit with the original design. It
became the role of the GCV’s Restoration Committee to bring the school campus
back to McCornack’s design while considering the changing needs of the school and
The Restoration Committee and Mr. Rieley, working with school officials, the
architect for the athletic fields, construction crews, the Handley Trustees, the city of
Winchester and concerned citizens, began the task of designing a landscape plan using
McCornack’s plan as a guideline. A sidewalk near the school building was not lined up
on the axis and this has been corrected. The arborvitae along the esplanade, removed
long ago, were replaced this spring and ground cover added. The large rectangular
planters on the Handley Boulevard side of the school and the main entrance are now
planted with serviceberry trees and winter jasmine shrubs. As work is completed on
the bowl that contains the athletic field, the hedge will be replaced and pairs of
arborvitae will be returned to the landscape.
These are the immediate changes in the landscape. The project is a major one for
the Garden Club of Virginia and the Restoration Committee will continue to report
on progress as it is made. John Handley High School is listed on the Virginia
Landmark Register and on the National Register of Historic Places. It is appropriate
that the Garden Club of Virginia help enhance our state by restoring the grounds of
this school within a park.
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By Julie Patterson, GCV Horticulture Committee
Rivanna Garden Club
uring their westward expedition in 1804 Lewis and Clark sent cuttings of
D this curious and fascinating tree from St. Louis to Thomas Jefferson at
Monticello. The Osage orange, Maclura pomifera, is native to the plains
states, particularly Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. When the trees are planted close
together, the thorny limbs can be pruned to create an impenetrable hedgerow for con-
taining livestock as well as marking property lines. The invention of barbed wire ren-
dered the tree less popular as a hedge but the dense wood was still favored for fence
posts. William Maclura (1763-1840), an American geologist, named the tree. The
hard yellow wood was prized by the Osage Indian nation and others for making
canoes, clubs and bows for hunting. The French
called the tree bois d’arc, a reference to its use as bow
A member of the mulberry family, the Osage
orange tree is dioecious, distinctly male or female.
The female requires pollination by the male in order
to bear fruit. The trees can reach fifty feet tall and
forty feet wide. A wild looking tree, its limbs are
often tangled with sharp thorns and five inch shiny oval leaves that narrow to a point.
The chartreuse wrinkled fruits appear in September and October and drop to the
ground when ripe. The fruits are popular decorative accents when used in arrange-
ments, wreaths or simply grouped in a bowl. They are not oranges at all but do emit a
citrus scent considered to be a natural insect repellent. Thought by some to resemble a
brain, the fruits are eaten by cattle, deer and small ground mammals only out of
necessity. They secrete a milky white liquid that is thought to lend a bitter taste to
Saplings can be bought from commercial nurseries although the sex of the tree is
not known until it reaches eight to ten years old. Only the female trees produce fruit.
For the very patient gardener, the Osage orange can also be grown from seed that has
been soaked in warm water overnight, potted and kept cold for four weeks. It is hardy
in zones 5-9 and adaptable in sun or partial shade.
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Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Star
By Joyce Moorman, GCV Flower Shows Committee
The Lynchburg Garden Club
here is more than one star in the Roanoke area: The Mill Mountain Garden
T Club’s Matilda Bradshaw is a creative star in GCV Flower Shows. She has
won seven Tri-Color awards for Best in Show and six Most Creative awards
As the first winner of the Anne Carter Walker Somerville Bowl for the Most
Creative Arrangement at the 2005 GCV Lily Show, Matilda was so thrilled with the
trophy, which may be kept for only one year, that she purchased a similar bowl, think-
ing she might never win again. However, she won again in 2006 and in 2008. She
has her bowl engraved after each successful venture into creative design.
Matilda’s interest in horticulture and flower arranging
began as a young girl. Her mother raised roses for a local
florist. It was the job of young Matilda and her three sis-
ters to pick Japanese beetles off the rose buds each morn-
ing and evening. Her grandmother, also a flower
arranger, introduced her granddaughter to that art.
Matilda’s first flower arranging experience at a GCV
event was in the 1970s. She was asked to be water girl
for a house on the HGW tour. With time running short
for the arrangers, she was told, “Just do something” for
the kitchen. The following year she was asked to be
Matilda Bradshaw at the
A secret weapon in all of Matilda’s success is her hus-
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band, John, who holds two civil engineering degrees from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When Matilda dreams up an idea, John makes
it work. Her inspiration comes from unexpected places: roadside discards, trash piles,
hardware stores, even buckets of steamed oysters at the beach. Ideas often come to her
in the middle of the night. She thinks about what something could be, not what it is
at the moment.
When she was invited to enter the Garden Club of America Annual Meeting
Flower Show, Matilda won a blue ribbon. Asked for a comparison of GCV and GCA
shows, she described GCA shows as providing “much more opportunity for creativity
because the schedule provides a Class Title, the size limitations, and that’s all.”
Just imagine what Matilda’s creativity would produce with few schedule restrictions!
Matilda’s story reflects the importance of learning about horticulture and floral
design, the value of finding inspiration in unusual places and executing our ideas.
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Symposium 2010 Speakers Announced
By Ann Gordon Evans, GCV Symposium Committee
The Huntington Garden Club
Dr. Allan M. Armitage: Horticulturist. Researcher. Speaker. Teacher. Writer. Dr.
Armitage is professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia where he teaches,
conducts research and administers the UGA Horticulture Gardens, among the finest
trial gardens in the nation. Among his works, Dr. Armitage produces guidelines for
annuals and perennials suitable for heat and humidity and has lectured and traveled
Daniel J. Hinkley: Horticulturist. Nurseryman. Speaker. Writer. In 1987 Mr. Hinkley
began gardening on the land that would become Heronswood in Kingston,
Washington. By the mid-1990s Heronswood Nursery was thriving, and the display
garden tours, with 10,000 species, gained international acclaim. Mr. Hinkley contin-
ued his work at Windcliff in Washington. He collects, propagates and names varieties
of plants new to the North American nursery trade.
George S. Hawkins, Esq.: Attorney. Environmentalist. Mr. Hawkins serves as the
Director of the District Department of Environment (DDOE), an agency charged
with facilitating clean air and water, greening neighborhoods and building spaces and
assisting with management of toxic waste disposal. The DDOE performs environmen-
tal functions for the nation’s Capital.
J. Dean Norton: Horticulturist. Mr. Norton is the Director of Horticulture at George
Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.
Peter J. Hatch: Horticulturist. Author. Lecturer. Mr. Hatch is the Director of Gardens
and Grounds at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. He is responsible for efforts to restore
and maintain landscaping, vegetable gardens, vineyards and orchards in the spirit of
Thomas Jefferson’s own practices. He has lectured nationally and has written books
and articles on gardening.
Joel Salatin: Farmer. Author. Speaker. Mr. Salatin runs the family-owned, pasture-
based Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. The farm serves families, retail outlets and
restaurants in Virginia and offers environmentally-friendly farming practices with
locally-grown organic food.
William D. Rieley: Landscape Architect. Author. Teacher. Speaker. Mr. Rieley, a land-
scape architect in Charlottesville since 1980, specializes in research and site design for
historic sites, park roads and public parks. He has served as the landscape architect for
the Garden Club of Virginia since 1998.
Stephanie Fasold, Sue Morris and Marion Zimmerman: Floral Designers. Instructors.
Members of the Washington National Cathedral’s Altar/Flower Guild, these talented
women are responsible for overseeing the altar, the Cathedral flower arrangements and
the upkeep of the vestments and the altar linens. Since 1900 the 100 members of the
Guild have provided support for the preparation of 1,500 worship services held at the
Cathedral each year.
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Nominations Sought for Awards
he Massie Medal for Distinguished Achievement is the oldest
T and most prestigious award given by the Garden Club of
Virginia. It was inaugurated in 1928 by Susanne Williams
Massie during her presidency and was given by her until her death in 1952.
Since that time it has been given by the GCV in her memory at the Annual Meeting.
The award is given to an individual or a member club of the GCV who has demon-
strated outstanding work in horticulture, restoration, preservation or conservation of
the natural resources of the Commonwealth. Throughout the history of the award,
recipients have personified the ideals of the Club in these areas.
Nominations are made by a member club of the GCV and endorsed by two other
clubs. A one-page letter describing the candidate may accompany the nomination.
Send nominations to: Mary Bruce H. Glaize, 801 South Washington Street,
Winchester, Virginia 22601. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Nomination deadline is December 1.)
The deLacy Gray Conservation Medal, a memorial to deLacy Thompson Gray, was given
originally by the Dolley Madison Garden Club. It is presented to an individual member or
a member club of the GCV. First awarded in 1965, it recognizes outstanding effort to
further the knowledge of our natural resources and to encourage their wise use.
Nominations for this award should be made in writing with a one-page description
of the nominee’s accomplishments, name and address of proposing club, name and
address of nominee and examples of how the candidate meets the criteria for the award.
For more information contact: Anne Doyle, 1415 Cloncurry Rd., Norfolk,
Virginia 23505, Email: email@example.com (Nomination deadline is December 1.)
Nomination forms may be found on the GCV website by following links for Awards.
by Pat Taylor, GCV Rose Chairman
The Boxwood Garden Club
arly fall provides some of the most delightful conditions to spend time in the
E garden. Temperatures begin to moderate, causing rose blooms to exhibit larger
size and more intense color. These optimal conditions provide the impetus for
fall rose shows, which showcase the most spectacular blooms of the season. The
Garden Club of Virginia Rose Show will take place September 30 and October 1 at
the Work Force Center in Franklin, Virginia, hosted by the Franklin Garden Club.
As the summer growing season winds down, roses in central Virginia bloom
throughout October and into November and require gardening chores throughout the
fall. It is important to fertilize roses early in September, but no later. This will be the
last feeding of the year so as not to encourage tender new growth that will be killed in
cold weather. If you plan to exhibit at the Rose Show in the Horticulture division,
please refer to the show schedule on the GCV website. By reading the schedule well
ahead of the show date, you can look for potential entries in your garden and plan
accordingly. If a bloom appears almost ready a week before the show, it will not last if
left on the plant. However, if you cut the bloom and refrigerate it at 37 degrees, the
bloom has a chance of staying fresh until the day of the show. Cut blooms when they
are approximately 1/3 open, as they will continue to open after they are cut. The ideal
phase of beauty at which a rose should be exhibited is between 2/3 and 3/4 open.
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The Garden Club of Virginia’s Symposium 2010
Quality of Life: Past. Present. Future.
February 22-24, 2010
Seminars. Speakers. Tours. Vendors. Workshops.
Three-Day Registration: $225 (includes two lunches, two dinners with wine)
One-Day Registration: $125 (includes lunch)
Room Rate: $165 per night (double occupancy) plus 7% tax
Contact: Julie MacKinlay, Chairman
GCV members and their guests are welcome.
Registration brochures for Symposium 2010 will be mailed in November 2009.
Symposium sponsors are welcome at $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000.
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51st Annual Conservation Forum
Building Sustainable Communities
November 5-6, 2009
Abbott Center Auditorium
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Leaders representing academia, government and conservation groups will offer creative
strategies for municipalities to reduce their ecological footprint.
Speakers include: Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth
Rachel Flynn, Director of Community Development, City of Richmond
Chris Miller, President, Piedmont Environmental Council
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Forum, including breakfast and coffee break Friday $16.00
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St. James’s Episcopal church bazaar
Friday, November 13th
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Jewelry, Stationery, books and much more!
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The Ruby Lee Norris Teachers on the Bay
by Ruth Childress
The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who
make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust
he Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula is pleased to announce the creation of
T the Ruby Lee Norris Teachers on the Bay Scholarship. This scholarship assists
teachers in the Middle Peninsula area attend a summer graduate-level course
run in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Virginia Commonwealth
University. Over 300 teachers (K-12) have passed through this 20 year old course and
have spread knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay throughout our Virginia classrooms.
Our first recipients of the scholarship, two science teachers from King and Queen
County Public Schools, spent five days this summer on the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation’s Bay Watcher. They studied the tidal creeks and marshes of the
Rappahannock River and the fragile eco-system of the bay.
The formation of this scholarship was the result of our club’s
search for an appropriate recognition of our most senior and
certainly one of our most active members. Ruby Lee Norris
joined the club in 1995, a year after its inception, and brought
with her thirty-seven years of experience teaching English, jour-
nalism and French, as well as a lifetime of backyard gardening,
community service and continuing education. Ruby Lee is a
contributing writer for Pleasant Living and Virginia Gardener
A few words taken from an article by Ruby Lee in Pleasant Living,
September/October 2006 titled “A Passion for Roses” served as inspiration for this
award. In 2006, several months before our GCV’s Rose Show, Ruby Lee visited a
member’s rose garden. She wrote, “As I hear Carolyn and John call the bushes by
name, see them stroke special blossoms and bemoan a bough broken by the weight of
a cluster of roses, I am reminded of a book that I read some time ago. Titled Tending
the Earth, Mending the Spirit by Connie Goldman and Richard Mahler, it put into
words feelings that I recognized but never articulated. I mention the Goldman book
and say that the focus is connecting with the earth and thereby with the universe and
The phrase “...connecting with the earth and thereby with the universe and the eter-
nal” prompted the idea for an academic scholarship with local but also far-reaching
components. We, The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula, honor Ruby Lee for her
years of patience, love and work, and for the transformations that follow in her wake.
Surely, this is one charming gardener who has made us happy and has made our souls
For more information contact Bill Portlock, Senior Educator for the Bay,
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The 67th Annual
Class 51 Inter Club
Blue Ribbons “Petersburg: A C
Sponsored by The Pet
Photography and layou
51A, Blandford Church 51B, The Courthouse
Art Nouveau Federal Arrangement
Arrangement The Warrenton
The Elizabeth River Garden Club
52, Violet Bank Best Stem In Show
Traditional Line Mass Ronald Chiabotta Award
Betsy Bradford of Hunting Creek Garden Club ‘Royal Sunset’, Colleen Zoller
Best Artistic Arrangement by Individual The Little Garden Club of Winchester
Best Novice Arrangement
For a complete list of Lily Show Winners and more photographs, click
Grateful appreciation is extended to Mary Wynn and Charles McDaniel
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Number of Arrangements: 63
Number of Horticulture Stems: 222
Number of Artistic
and Horticultural Exhibitors: 127
City Under Seige”
tersburg Garden Club
ut by Lea Shuba
51C, The Exchange Building 51D, Centre Hill Mansion
Late Georgian Arrangement Early Victorian
The Williamsburg Garden Club The Augusta
Quad Blue, Garden Club
Best Inter Club Arrangement
Best Asiatic Stem Best Stem by Novice;
‘Tiger Babies’, ‘Kentucky’, Nancy Philpott
Kathleen Hoxie The Garden Study Club
on the GCV website at www.gcvirginia.org and access the Lily Show.
and Hilldrup Transfer & Storage for support of the GCV Flower Shows.
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THE GARDEN CLUB OF VIRGINIA
Sponsored by The Franklin Garden Club
Sanctioned by the American Rose Society
P. D. Camp College Workforce Development Center
100 North College Drive, Franklin, Virginia 23851
Show dates: September 30th and October 1st
Entries accepted: Tuesday, September 29 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Wednesday, September 30 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Open to the public Wednesday, September 30, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and
Thursday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A RT I S T I C D I V I S I O N
Inter Club Class
Class 40 A Belle Grove - Middletown - Federal arrangement
Class 40 B Wilton - Richmond - Cascade or Waterfall arrangement
Class 40 C Monticello - Charlottesville - Late Colonial arrangement for entry hall
Class 40 D Woodrow Wilson Birthplace - Staunton - Pillar arrangement -
Class 41 Hollins University - Roanoke - Art Nouveau arrangement
Class 42 Gunston Hall - Fairfax County - Landscape design style -
Class 43 Sweet Briar College - Sweet Briar - Tussie Mussie bouquet
Class 44 Executive Mansion - Richmond - Tablescape for luncheon for the
first lady of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Class 45 Grace Arents Garden - Louis Ginter Botanical Garden -
Richmond - Use a hat in a creative imaginative arrangement
Class 46 Bacon’s Castle - Surry County - arrangement in a basket
For questions concerning the artistic schedule call: Artistic Chair,
Becky Gillette (757) 562-2995. Register on line at: www.gcvirginia.org
Special interest: Discover Downtown Franklin Tour and Gourmet Luncheon,
$10.00, Wednesday, September 30th, 10am-2pm. Reservations required by
September 23rd. Contact Mary Nelson Thompson, 23136 Shands Drive,
Courtland, VA 23837 or email: email@example.com
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Suffolk’s Cedar Hill Cemetery
By Carleen S. Rollins
The Nansemond River Garden Club
n June we had a picnic in the cemetery. It is a custom
I that dates back to Victorian times. After church serv-
ices, families would gather in the cemetery to tend
graves and then would picnic and visit while the children
played. Continuing this custom was the perfect way for
our club, The Nansemond River Garden Club, to end
our calendar year and to enjoy our completed Cedar Hill
Project. With the assistance of a landscape architect we
planned and established a garden we call the Heritage Garden; it is a wonderful place
with Braille signage and walkways that accommodate people with special needs. The
second part of the project was the installation of a lovely scatter garden that ensures a
resting place for cremated remains. The project’s third segment was the restoration of
the historic fountain at the cemetery’s center.
This significant effort to beautify, restore and add to the availability of Cedar Hill
Cemetery has been a labor of love since our club voted in 2002 to undertake this
project. It has taken a great deal of work and fundraising to get to this point. The high
point came when our project won the Common Wealth Award in 2006; recognition by
GCV member clubs was like the icing on the cake!
Nancy Dempsey, club president, took this opportunity to announce the club’s latest
effort. Thanks to the work of Paige Pollard who spearheaded the preparation of the
application, the NRGC has been awarded a grant through the Certified Local
Government program awarded by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to the
City of Suffolk for a master plan for Cedar Hill Cemetery. Our club has agreed to
match CLG funds awarded by the state and will be involved in development of the
scope of work and will also work with the consultant who will develop the inventory
and master plan for Cedar Hill. What started as a seed, was watered and weeded, has
now flourished and has sent out new growth.
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Preparing for a Rainy Day
By Catherine Dorsey
Harborfront Garden Club
isitors lured to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk by
V the promise of exotic animals are often just as
captivated by the lush, varied landscaping
found throughout the grounds and exhibits. Zoo
Landscape Coordinator Marie Butler and her staff
toil long hours to create and maintain safe and suit-
able animal habitats. These efforts extend to caring
for and educating visitors about the vast diversity of
eco-friendly gardens around the property. Among the many wooded and manicured
sites are the Virginia Barnyard Vegetable Garden, the Rose Collection and the Shade,
Butterfly, Tropical and Herb Gardens.
Nearly half of the zoo’s fifty-three acre grounds are bordered by the Lafayette River,
making their commitment to conservation, environmental action and education cru-
cial. Until recently rain water runoff from the paths and nearby open spaces was
undermining the Zoo Train railroad tracks and pouring contaminants and silt directly
into the duck pond beyond. The duck pond feeds into the Lafayette River and on into
the Chesapeake Bay.
During an appropriately wet and rainy week in
June, Harborfront Garden Club of Norfolk
worked with the Norfolk Master Gardener Water
Steward Program and zoo staffers to install two
Rain Gardens that filter out pollutants, capture
runoff and prevent erosion. Marie Butler moni-
tored the flow of runoff when planning the Rain
Gardens flanking the Red Panda enclosure near
the duck pond. Plants were selected based on their location within each garden: the
wettest areas require plants that can survive submersion for up to twenty-four hours,
while other areas need perennials with strong root systems for soil retention.
Harborfront Garden Club sponsored the Rain Garden projects and worked on their
installation and the zoo will maintain them.
Signage explains the importance of the Rain Gardens to visitors. The first garden
and its accompanying information are geared to adult visitors, while the second garden
is designed to catch a child’s fancy. In the Children’s Rain Garden finishing touches
include a swarm of ladybugs fashioned from thrift store bowling balls, a blue and
green glass bottle tree and brilliantly colored parrot planters made from old tires. More
tires and rims were carved and painted to become colorful flower shaped planters.
The intimate scale of the Rain Gardens and wealth of accompanying literature on
their environmental impact should inspire visitors to solve their own drainage issues by
installing a rain garden. Advice on selecting the proper site and materials is available at
the Virginia Department of Forestry site, http://www.dof.virginia.gov/rfb/rain-gar-
dens.shtml. Free design templates that meet any geographical, lighting and size
requirement can be accessed at http://www.lowimpactdevelopment.org/raingardendesign/.
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The Little Garden Club of The Women’s Committee
Winchester Martha Jefferson Hospital
n April 17th the Little Garden
O Club of Winchester celebrated
its 75th birthday. We began in
the summer of 1934 when a group of Martha’s
women met on one of their front porches
and decided to start a garden club. The
name Little Garden Club was chosen as
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The Warrenton Garden Club
or 26 years the nature camp,
F sponsored by the Warrenton
Garden Club and Piedmont
Environmental Council has worked to
ensure that there is never a “last child in
the woods.” One measure of its success is
the long line of former campers who
return as junior and then senior coun-
selors. Camp is held at the home of pied
piper and camp leader, Virginia Farrar.
Pat Johnson is the indefatigable camp
director. Each year young people, ages 8-
11, discover a world of wonder in nature.
They find special places in the woods to
create a secret spot for their small group,
they build cairns from rocks found in a
stream, they record the wildflowers they
find and identify them in books made
available to them. Last year a baby beaver
decided it was more fun to join the young
people in the Rappahannock River than
to follow his mother. He was finally per-
suaded to go home.
In a world dominated by structured
activities and electronic gadgets, a genera-
tion of young people has found beauty,
awesomeness and enchantment in nature.
Perhaps most importantly they have dis-
covered the freedom to explore and to
exercise their imaginations and they learn
that getting dirty can be fun.
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By Susan A. K. Lindsey
The Garden Club of the Northern Neck
he Northern Neck is rural. We don’t have shopping malls, we don’t have movie
T theaters, we don’t have traffic jams – other than the backup from a combine
harvester chugging along the highway. And most of us don’t have municipal
services. We make regular trips to the dump with our garbage and our recyclables –
but sometimes there is a small, nagging doubt: What do they really do with this stuff?
And then there are the questions. Do they throw away jars that still have a metal
cap on them? Do you have to take the little plastic ring (a different sort of plastic) off
the soda bottles? What happens to the newspapers if you leave all the shiny advertising
To provide some answers and guide our community through these complex issues,
the Garden Club of the Northern Neck decided to devote its ninth annual
Conservation Symposium to the subject of trash. The regional manager of Recycle
America, David Taylor, came to speak on the subject of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” He
had planned a presentation discussing the goals and achievements of the recycling
industry. But when faced with some 100 people with arms waving to claim his atten-
tion, he devoted most of the morning to providing answers, clarifying procedures and
listening to the concerns of those who rely on the services of his company. The guests
in the audience were informed, educated and reassured; they left with a renewed faith
in their commitment to recycling. And the answer to those questions? Just throw the
lot into the bins and the recycling process
will take care of everything.
A presentation on plastic bags, developed
by the James River Garden Club, then
illustrated the “Reduce, Reuse” concepts.
Supermarket bags have a negative impact on
animal life, the oceans and the environment
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The Garden Club of Danville
alloons, a cake-in-bloom and historical highlights marked the Garden Club of
B Danville’s 90th anniversary celebration at a May garden party and luncheon.
Members were bedecked in flower-decorated shoes, hats and pocketbooks.
Selected events noted of the club’s 90 year history included the 1922 return visit to her
birthplace in Danville by Nancy Langhorne Astor, the first woman seated in the British
Among the planned events during her visit was the presentation by Lady Astor of a
rose bush to each of Danville’s two thousand school children. This took place on the
grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion, designated as the Last Capitol of the Confederacy,
later The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. The occasion and the Lady Astor
rose were the subject of a children’s book written in 1998 by a Danville elementary
school teacher. For the planting and care of these grounds the GCD was awarded the
1952 Massie Medal and in 2004 the Garden Club of Virginia restored the nineteenth
century picket fence.
In 2007 the Perkinson Rose Garden was planted on the same grounds in the area of
the Lady Astor give-away. Designed by William D. Rieley, the garden is dedicated to
the memory of “Sigie” Perkinson, GCV Rose Test Chairman 1975 -1985. Although
the propagation of the Lady Astor rose was unsuccessful, the bountifully planted garden
is a favorite site for weddings and photographs.
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for each main entry, splendid color
photographs, some historic photographs
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By Mary Nelson Thompson, GCV Lily Chairman
The Franklin Garden Club
ever have I seen a more beautiful sight than that which greeted me upon
N entering the GCV 67th Annual Lily Show. Bountiful spring rains ensured
an array of lilies not possible in the past two shows. The display of some
222 stems and 63 fabulous arrangements made competition stiff and judging difficult.
The Petersburg Garden Club, with exceptional assistance from the City of
Petersburg, the Petersburg Department of Tourism and the Petersburg Area Art
League, produced the show at minimal cost and attracted record crowds of more than
900 visitors. The attendance was steady throughout the show, according to the co-
chairs, Elizabeth Johnson and Suzanne Wright.
Local newspapers and TV stations gave the GCV event major coverage. Historical
tourist attractions, such as Blandford Church, enjoyed increased exposure. Area
merchants were thrilled with the economic boon to their coffers.
Old Towne Petersburg unveiled the successful efforts to restore this important
historic location. The theme, “Petersburg: a City Under Siege,” was a great enticement
for the creative and artistic talents of the GCV members and other arrangers. Many
people came to the show just to see the arrangements depicting the Battle of the
Crater, won by Peyton Wells of the Tuckahoe Garden Club of Westhampton. David
Diller of the Spotswood Garden Club won the Most Creative Arrangement for his
entry in this class. Congratulations go to the Williamsburg Garden Club for winning
the Best Inter Club and to Elizabeth Bradford of the Hunting Creek Garden Club for
winning the individual Best Artistic Award and the Best Novice Award.
In the Horticulture Division, Pat Turner of Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club
won the Best Inter Club Collection. Nancy Philpott of the Garden Study Club won
the Best Novice Stem and the new Ronald J. Chiabotta Award for the stem having the
highest bud count. Rachel Hollis of the Spotswood Garden Club won the most Blue
Ribbons with Laura Anne Brooks, the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula, runner-up.
A family visiting from England gave the supreme compliment, “We will be back
next year—this was wonderful!” To the Petersburg Garden Club, we say, thank you.
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By Joyce Rice
Roanoke Valley Garden Club
f all the bulb perennials, I think the daffodil is the easiest to grow.
O You dig a hole, plant the bulb and for years to come you have beautiful
blooms that are deer, insect, and, for the most part, weather resistant.
There are occasions, though, when seemingly for no reason, a daffodil fails to bloom
or may disappear altogether.
Proximity to trees is one reason that daffodils decline. Daffodils need six to eight
hours of sun daily to develop properly. If your daffodil bed was originally in full sun,
but the trees you planted are now giving shade, limb up the trees to allow
adequate sunlight to reach the bed. If your daffodils are too close to trees, the tree
roots may sap the moisture required for healthy bulbs. The daffodils will become
smaller over time and produce fewer blooms.
If your daffodils are adjacent to your lawn and have turned into foliage plants, the
high nitrogen fertilizer applied to the lawn is the culprit. The bulb will produce abun-
dant foliage, but no blooms. Chose a location that provides less nitrogen runoff. The
old bulbs will be small and not good for replanting.
Overcrowding also causes blooms to disappear. The simple fix is to dig and divide.
Mark the location of the bulbs in the spring so that you will remember where to dig
for fall transplanting. If you prefer to dig earlier, wait at least six weeks after the daf-
fodils bloom, dig the bulbs and lay them out in a cool dry location. Remember to
identify each variety.
If your daffodils have disappeared, your bed is too wet or too warm. Bulbs will rot if
planted in a soggy area that cannot drain. If you are in doubt about your soil, dig a
hole, add water and see if it disappears. If the water stands in the hole, you will need
to find another location or re-dig your bed and add material for proper drainage.
Daffodil bulbs need cold temperatures to produce blooms. You need a location that
will allow the soil to become cold. Avoid planting close to a stone wall or a paved
driveway that will hold heat throughout the winter. Plant your bulbs appropriately;
two to three times the size of the bulb in depth is recommended.
Keep new bulbs in a cool location until the soil has cooled enough to plant.
In the meantime, prepare your bed and, when the right time comes, dig a hole, plant
the bulb and enjoy the blooms in the spring.
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Annual Meeting report
By Ann L. Wright
The Virginia Beach Garden Club
unshine and sea breezes welcomed club presidents and delegates to the GCV’s
S 89th Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach’s Sheraton Hotel. The streamlined for-
mat, a first for the GCV, condensed the schedule into a two-day event, while still
allowing ample time for optional activities, strolling the Boardwalk and socializing.
GCV President Cabell West commended the Virginia Beach Garden Club for its
alacrity in implementing the Board’s recommendations. “By compressing the meeting
into two days instead of three, we hoped to reduce expenses so the host club has more
money to give back to their community. All the business got done in record time. We
surveyed all who attended and their response to the new format was overwhelmingly
Recognizing the benefits of a shortened schedule, meeting co-chairs Molly Rueger
and Joan Lyons revamped their planning. “The abbreviated format doesn’t sacrifice
anything of consequence while lessening the demands on the hosting club,” Rueger
explained. “We were delighted to accommodate the Board’s wishes because the result
was a more efficient and economical meeting. Our club saved a third of the money
we’d budgeted and uncounted volunteer hours. Given the economic times, it felt right
to conserve rather than splurge.”
Optional activities began the morning before the first scheduled meeting on
Wednesday, May 13, and continued after adjournment on Thursday afternoon. In
addition to visiting the Virginia Aquarium, the Contemporary Art Center, First
Landing State Park or the two museums on the Boardwalk, attendees could tour four
distinctive private gardens. Club president Mac Houfak and members Meg Campbell,
Donna Eure and Lynda Strickler groomed their landscapes to a fare-thee-well and were
rewarded with visitors’ raves.
“Tidal Treasures” was the meeting’s theme and the inspiration for the oyster shell
planters filled with succulents and the member club horticultural displays. Demaris
Yearick and Lynda Briggs created the tablescapes as a salute to their city’s Lynnhaven
River, once again clean enough to produce the tasty bivalves.
Virginia Beach Garden Club president Mac Houfak has reveled in a large stack of
thank-you notes that mention the meeting’s organization, venue, hospitality, flower
arrangements and keynote speaker. “Everything went well and the weather could not
have been better,” she concludes with mingled pride and relief.
Flowers, Fun and Fancy
Just a reminder…Tuesday, September 22nd is the day for the Flower Arranging School.
Tony Todesco is our engaging speaker with over 30 years of experience in floral design.
His Workshop following the School is sold out!
Registration deadline is September 15. Don’t tarry! Limited to 250 attendees.
$35.00 Registration fee includes box lunch.
Please go on the GCV website to register.
Or contact Laura Crumbley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 525-3480,
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Check in, place silent auction bids, purchase raffle tickets
10:00 - 12:00 Flower Arranging School
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Treasures of the Kent-Valentine Library
By Anne Cross, GCV Library Committee
The Ashland Garden Club
he library at the Kent-Valentine House is a treasure trove. Its newest treasure
T is a gift from Jane Baber White. A few months ago she presented to the GCV
a copy of her recent book, The Book of Attributes for the Living Horticultural
Collections of the Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum. One of only twenty-five
copies, it records in extraordinary detail the horticultural assets of the Old City
Cemetery as of June 2008 and is enhanced by aerial photographs produced by the
City of Lynchburg.
Jane White is Director Emerita of the Old City Cemetery and a member of
Hillside Garden Club. Since 1985 she has personally planted and cared for most of the
plants in the Old Cemetery. The book is the result of a two -year project funded by a
grant to the Southern Memorial Association from the Stanley Smith Horticultural
Trust. Jane White worked closely with Allison Johnson the GIS (Geographic
Information System) manager of the City of Lynchburg. The book is fascinating and
will provide useful information for generations.
The rarity of this book prompted us to make a special area in the Kent-Valentine
for books that are for reference only. These books may be used and enjoyed in the
library, but not checked out. We are reviewing our collection and have already discov-
ered other treasures that we have placed on the non-circulating shelf. These include
rare and limited edition books and prints donated to us by members through the
years. Orchids: the Royal Family of Plants, with Illustrations from Nature by Harriet
Stewart Miner is a stunning portfolio of chromolithographed plates in a hardcover
binder. It was published in Boston in 1885 and is extremely rare. Joyce and Robert
Richter donated it in 2005. Only single volumes of Paxton’s Magazine of Botany and
Register of Flowering Plants are usually found for sale. Although we do not have a com-
plete set, we do have 14 volumes in our library. Another coveted rare book is Italian
Villas and Their Gardens by Edith Wharton and illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. A
1904 edition of John Parkinson’s Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris is one of 30 copies
printed on Japanese vellum. It came to us from the library of Violet Niles Walker.
Many of our own GCV publications have become rare books and copies of those have
been placed in our new reserved section.
Most of our collection still circulates and we encourage you to use our library.
Those who want to read some of our non-circulating books will find the library an
inviting place to spend a little time with them!
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Report Period From 4/1/09 Through 6/30/09
Supports GCV Restoration projects across the Commonwealth.
Gabriella Garden Club
The GCV Conservation Fund
Supports GCV clubs in local and statewide conservation projects.
Dr. John Bocock Carter
Dr. Robert H. Carter II
Mrs. Mary Buford Hitz
The Hunting Creek Garden Club
The Huntington Garden Club
Donor In Memory of
The Blue Ridge Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bessie Bocock Carter
Jane Henderson and Ed Whitley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bessie Bocock Carter
Mrs. Ronald C. Merrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bessie Bocock Carter
Candace Carter Crosby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dale Page Henderson
The SEED Fund
Supports Events, Education, and Development.
Donor In Memory of
Colonial Webb Contractors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sue Trinkle Schott
Mr. George C. Stuckey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Millie Stuckey
The Garden Club of Virginia Endowment
Supports the ongoing preservation of the historic Kent-Valentine House,
headquarters of The GCV and Historic Garden Week.
The Boxwood Garden Club
Mrs. Christopher Thomas Doyle
Delores B. Farrall
Mr. and Mrs. William Kenny
Mrs. Ronald C. Merrell
Ms. Johanna Rucker
Cabell Goolsby West
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Donor In Honor of
The Brunswick Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mrs. Michael Moorman
The Charlottesville Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patricia Burton
Dolley Madison Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Elaine Burden
The Garden Club of the Eastern Shore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mrs. N. Wescott Jacob
Mrs. Benjamin W. Mears, Jr.
The Elizabeth River Garden Club
Cabell Goolsby West
The Franklin Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mrs. Donnie Simmons
Harborfront Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Robin Ingram
The Hunting Creek Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sara Ann Lindsey
The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ruby Lee Norris
The Mill Mountain Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mill Mountain Garden Club
Winchester-Clarke Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mary Lou Seilheimer
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Bradshaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mrs. Lucy R. Ellett
Mrs. Thomas E. Crocker and . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lucy Rhame von Raab
Mrs. Gregory E. May
Mrs. David H. Gardner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grace and John McKinnon
Mrs. J. Gordon Kincheloe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mrs. William B. Rucker
Mrs. George W. King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dianne Spence
Redwood Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lee Snyder
Donor In Memory of
The Garden Club of Fairfax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Zelda Register
Leesburg Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mrs. James F. Tyler
Mrs. Frederick F. Fleming
The Lynchburg Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Polly Todd
The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lee Kirkpatrick
Rivanna Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eleanor Magruder
Mrs. William D. Bayles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mrs. E. Eisenhart
JoAnn M. Bilbrey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Candy Blatt
Mrs. John Watts Bowditch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anne Rawles Huske
Sally Guy Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Emily S. Alexander
Mr. and Mrs. R. Burke Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sue Trinkle Schott
Colonial Webb Contractors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sue Trinkle Schott
The Garden Club of Virginia Journal Periodicals
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Richmond, Virginia 23219 And Additional Offices
THE GARDEN CLUB OF VIRGINIA
Sept. 22 Flower Arranging School, Richmond
Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Rose Show, Franklin
Oct. 13-15 Annual Board of Governors’ Meeting,
Oct. 15 Journal deadline
Nov. 5-6 Conservation Forum, Charlottesville
Dec. 1 Deadline for nominations for
deLacy Gray and Massie Medal Awards
Jan 15 Journal deadline
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