The Charlottesville

Garden Club


A Member Club of 

The Garden Club of Virginia


The Charlottesville Garden Club was organized March 17, 1949, by founding members Martha Rankin, Mary Kidder, and Lake Smith, who at that time were primarily interested in gardening. 


Conservation of our natural resources Restoration of historic gardens and landscapes Education of our members and the general public


Restore historic gardens and landscapes Conserve Virginia’s natural resources Inspire a love of gardening Provide education for our members and the general public




The purpose of the camp is to teach young people how to be observant, inquisitive, sensitive, and resourceful. Discovery is the key to a fun learning experience, and each day we explore a different habitat - pond, creek, meadow or forest - to see what each area has to offer. Natural History is studied through observation, tracking, field experiments, and games. Campers are encouraged to record their experiences through drawings and other artistic expressions in their journals.


The Daughter's of Zion Cemetery (DOZ) was founded by a charitable society for African American women of the same name in 1873. The cemetery is also referred to as the "Society Cemetery" or the "Church Hill Cemetery." The earliest gravestone that we can read today is five-year-old Annie Buckner, who died in April 1873.


Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry exists to provide food assistance to families and individuals in need in Charlottesville and surrounding communities. One in six people in Charlottesville struggle with hunger. This struggle can have many effects – family members may skip meals or they may have to choose between food and other important expenses such as housing, utilities or medical bills


The Art of Conditioning Flowers

What To Do When

Both Publications May Be Purchased 



100 West Main Street

Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Historic Garden Week 2020

House & Garden Tours Offered Statewide

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during "America's Largest Open House." This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

Albemarle - Charlottesville

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Enjoy spectacular scenery against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the history and culture of Charlottesville. On Sunday, a shuttle tour showcases the North Garden and Western areas of Albemarle County, featuring three private properties in the agricultural neighborhood of Bundoran Farm, all open for the first time especially for Historic Garden Week. Visitors will have access to the interior as well as the grounds of a recently renovated historic home in Bundoran that includes a beautiful rose garden, as well as a newly built “green” home with an English Conservatory and a vintage car barn.  Miller School of Albemarle, founded in 1878, serves as tour headquarters and will also be open for touring. On Monday, see Pavilion residences and gardens restored by the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from past Historic Garden Week tours along the Lawn at the University of Virginia.

Tree Planting at Monticello


On Feb 24th the three local GCV’s clubs gathered at Monticello. We were welcomed by Leslie Bowman Greene who reminded us of the long association Monticello has had with the Garden Club of Virginia. Up on the mountain we were joined by Mr. Jefferson and then we ceremoniously planted the 3 sugar maples. This was followed by a garden tour by Peggy Cornett . We returned to the Monticello Café for wine and hors d’oeuvres . We will enjoy planting our Monticello seed packets. Thank you Sue Ann for organizing a truly special and memorable afternoon.  



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