The beginning of Historic Garden Week dates to 1927, when a flower show organized by the Garden Club of Virginia raised an impressive $7,000 to save some of the trees planted by Thomas Jefferson on the lawn at Monticello.
The Garden Club of Virginia operates as a non-profit organization comprised of 47 member clubs and 3,400 volunteers. All proceeds from Historic Garden Week go toward the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic public gardens. Since the first statewide tour in 1929, over $17 million has been contributed to this worthwhile cause.
Today, there are 41 active Garden Club of Virginia restoration projects statewide including Mount Vernon, the Pavilion Gardens at the University of Virginia, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, which benefit from Historic Garden Week tours.
Think about what Virginia would look like if it weren’t for this annual event. Read about and plan your visit to the public gardens benefitting from Historic Garden Week. Additionally, in a continuing effort to build a comprehensive record of historic gardens in Virginia, the GCV offers fellowship programs for landscape architecture students working toward a MLA or equivalent. Learn more.