Garden Club of Virginia Grants Awarded to Virginia State Parks

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Provided by Leesylvania State Park

The Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) is pleased to announce $129,417 in award grants to the following projects and programs in Virginia State Parks in 2017:

  • Belle Isle – improving landscaping around historic Belle Isle mansion, The Garden Club of the Northern Neck
  • Fairy Stone – pollinator waystation, The Martinsville Garden Club (with the Garden Study Club and the Garden Club of Danville)
  • Leesylvania – wildflower planting, reducing invasives and eliminating mowing
  • Mason Neck – a new entry for the Visitor Center. Hardscaping, and landscaping of pollinator garden, The Hunting Creek Garden Club (with the Garden Club of Fairfax and the Garden Club of Alexandria)
  • Middle Peninsula – supplies for educational programming, The Garden Club of Gloucester
  • Natural Bridge – outfitting a classroom for educational programming in Visitor Center
  • Pocahontas – converting Heritage Center to a Discovery Center
  • Sky Meadows – Track Trails and Discovery area, Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club
  • Smith Mountain Lake – supplies for educational programming in wet lab, The Roanoke Valley Garden Club with Mill Mountain Garden Club
  • Staunton River – garden improvements around cabins
  • The Youth Conservation Corps will receive funding to aid in the purchase of supplies for this residential summer program in 17 parks.

On May 31,  Leesylvania State Park will have 414 eighth-graders from Beville Middle School planting the shoulder of the roads with native wildflowers. This is part of the grant awarded from the Garden Club of Virginia.

The gift is part of GCV’s Centennial Project, which supports Virginia State Parks. “Our goal is to fund projects that our clubs and parks coordinate together and that fall within our mission and the state parks’ mission: conservation, beautification, horticulture, preservation and/or education,” said GCV State Parks Committee Chairman Jeanette Cadwallender, of the Rappahannock Valley Garden Club in Fredericksburg.

GCV and the Virginia State Parks have a long relationship. In 1929, the same year Historic Garden Week in Virginia began, GCV advocated for the establishment of state and national parks in the commonwealth. The Virginia State Parks Grants are funded by Historic Garden Week proceeds. Director of Conservation and Recreation Clyde E. Cristman stated, “I am very excited about the opportunity for us to do great things, linking the interests of the Garden Club of Virginia with the many needs we have in State Parks and Natural Area Preserves.”

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.”

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