For the beautification, preservation, and conservation of Virginia

Follow the Green Arrow

The iconic green arrow guides visitors to beautiful homes and gardens during our preeminent annual tradition, Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

Yet it also stands as a symbol of our mission:
to conserve the gifts of nature, restore and preserve historic landscapes of the commonwealth, cultivate the knowledge and love of gardening, and lead future generations to build on this heritage.

Conservation

Nurturing the natural
world and environmental
sustainability

We advocate for clean air and water, open spaces, scenic beauty, and the preservation of native plants and habitats.

Restoration

Preserving cultural heritage with landscape restoration

We are dedicated to protecting Virginia’s public landscapes — special sites that provide a connection to our shared and evolving history and our relationship with the natural world.

The most colorful Eight days of the year

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

An internationally renowned spring event needing no introduction: Historic Garden Week, America’s only statewide home and garden tour, raises funds to restore and ensure the integrity of public landscapes across Virginia.

Historic Garden Week

“For the garden lover, this event is an unparalleled feast. For the state’s heritage, it is a lifeline.”

Tom Christopher
author, The Artful Garden

Featured Events

Lilies in Bloom: Dazzle!

Join us June 18 for our annual flower show celebrating the unique beauty of lilies. This year’s show, as well as a June 17 workshop, are both free and open to the public, and will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond.

History

Presenting a rich history through nature’s bounty

Let us tell you a story that began in 1920 by women whose shared vision became a powerful movement for the greater good. The eight garden clubs of that time have blossomed into 48, composed of thousands of members who have influenced the conservation of Virginia’s native beauty and the preservation of its historic landscapes.

fellowship programs

Supporting scholarly study of our natural world

For college and graduate-level students studying conservation, environmental science, and landscape architecture, we offer research fellowships designed to build experience through hands-on guidance from subject experts. At the end of their term, fellows’ research findings serve as valuable contributions to the body of literature supporting environmental stewardship and the preservation of historic spaces.