Research Fellowships

William D. Rieley William D. Rieley
Rudy J. Favretti Rudy J. Favretti

In a continuing effort to build a comprehensive record of historic gardens in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) offers two research Fellowships for graduate students currently working towards an MLA or equivalent degree. Fellows work with professional landscape architect William D. Rieley of Rieley and Associates in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The William D. Rieley Fellowship is named in his honor and supports the research and documentation of historic landscapes that are not privately held. William D. Rieley of Rieley & Associates has served as the Garden Club of Virginia's landscape architect since 1998.

The Rudy J. Favretti Fellowship promotes the research and documentation of historic Virginia gardens held in private hands. The Favretti Fellowship was named in honor of the Garden Club of Virginia's former landscape architect, Rudy J. Favretti, FASLA, in appreciation for his distinguished contributions to historic landscape scholarship, restoration, and education.

The Research Fellowship Committee consisting of members of the Garden Club of Virginia, professional landscape architects, practitioners in the field of horticulture and historic preservation, and educators, selects the sites and reviews the applications.

Margaret Page Bemiss
Richmond, VA

Sally Guy Brown
Alexandria, VA

Jeanette Cadwallender
President of the Garden Club of Virginia
Fredericksburg, VA

Staci Catron
Director, Cherokee Garden Library
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, GA

Gordon W. Chappell
Landscape Architect
Williamsburg, VA

Peter J. Hatch
Gardener, Historian.
Charlottesville, VA

Mary Ann Johnson
Chairman of Research Fellowship Committee
Rocky Mount, VA

Karen Kennedy
Landscape Architect
2009 William D. Rieley Fellow
Charlottesville, VA

Calder Loth
Senior Architectural Historian
Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Richmond, VA

Kim Nash
Chairman of GCV Restoration Committee
Warrenton, VA

Judy Perry
Portsmouth, VA

William D. Rieley
Landscape Architect for the Garden Club of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Mary Lou Seilheimer
Orange, VA

Visit to learn more about the research fellowships and to browse the comprehensive GCV library of research fellowship final reports and site plans.