Awards and Grants

Annabel Josephs Inter Club Artistic Award

A perpetual trophy given in appreciation for the efforts of the Garden Club of Virginia members on behalf of the art of flower arranging. The trophy is awarded to the member club accumulating the greatest number of award points in the Inter Club Class from Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting. It was presented for the first time at the 2003 Annual Meeting.

Bessie Bocock Carter Conservation Award

Established at the Annual Meeting, May 2009 to fund implementation of a conservation project that will serve as a catalyst for community action. It is a monetary award for natural resource conservation or environmental protection within the Commonwealth. Henceforth, winners of the Bessie Bocock Carter Conservation Award will be announced at the GCV Annual Meeting. Application and Guidelines.  (Please note the new nomination deadline: November 1) Past Winners


Common Wealth Award

Established at the Annual Meeting, May 1979 to provide an annual grant to promote projects in the interest of conservation, beautification, horticulture, preservation and education. The two word name Common Wealth was chosen to describe the "wealth" that is "common" to all Virginians. Application.  Past winners.
(Nomination deadline March 1. Please submit nominations to

de Lacy Gray Memorial Medal for Conservation

A memorial to de Lacy Thompson Gray, given originally by the Dolley Madison Garden Club, it is presented to an individual member, or a member club, of the GCV. First awarded in 1965, it recognizes outstanding effort to further the knowledge of our natural resources and to encourage their wise use. Past recipients
Nomination form. (Nomination deadline March 1)

Dugdale Award for Meritorious Achievement in Conservation

First awarded in 1974 and named in 1989 for Mrs. Arthur A. Dugdale of the Ashland Garden Club, an outstanding member of the GCV who originated the Conservation Forum. It is presented to an organization, industry or an individual who is not a GCV member for outstanding work in conservation. Past recipients
(Nomination deadline June 1) Nomination Guidelines and Information

Conservation Educator Award

Established in 2016, the Conservation Educator Award is designed to recognize individuals or organizations whose work in an educational environment supports the conservation ideals of the Garden Club of Virginia. Award Guidelines.
(Nomination deadline June 1)

Horticulture Award of Merit

Established in 1960 for individual members of the Garden Club of Virginia who have achieved significant accomplishments in horticulture, both personally and in the community at large. Nomination Form.
(Nomination deadline March 1)

Massie Medal for Distinguished Achievement

The oldest and most prestigious award given by the Garden Club of Virginia, it was inaugurated in 1928 by Susanne Williams Massie during her presidency and was given by her until her death in 1952. Since that time it has been given by the club in her memory. Nomination FormPast recipients.
(Nomination deadline December 1)

Virginia State Parks Grants

Please visit to learn more about Garden Club of Virginia grants to Virginia State Parks.