Landscape Restoration

Preserving our shared cultural landscapes

Since 1929, the Garden Club of Virginia has been committed to the preservation and restoration of historic landscapes and gardens in Virginia. Our work can be found at more than 50 public sites across the Commonwealth. These unique properties provide a connection to our shared history and cultural heritage and strengthen our relationship with the natural world. Funding is made possible by the proceeds of our annual Historic Garden Week tour, which draws visitors from across the world.

Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Restoration by The Garden Club of Virginia and Rieley & Associates.

statewide reach

Projects

Since our first restoration in 1929, the Garden Club of Virginia has left its mark on more than 50 historic and culturally significant, publicly accessible gardens, some of which are national treasures.

The Garden Club of Virginia accepts applications for restoration projects at gardens and landscapes in Virginia. We have a firm set of criteria in order to consider your site.

  • Gardens must be regularly open to the public.
  • Projects must be approved by the property’s governing body, which must agree to our maintenance policies.
  • We engage professional landscape architects to plan and oversee the restorations. 
  • When warranted, landscapes may be restored to a specific period. In some cases, a setting suitable for a historic building may be provided; at other sites, a simplification of the historic scene or the preservation of layered changes to a landscape over the years may be more appropriate.

In the end, we make every effort to hold to the highest standards of preservation. 

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT

Have a restoration project?

If you meet all the criteria, we’ve love to know about it. Fill out our request form to begin the process.

fellowship program

Funding research to impact the future of landscape design

Students studying landscape design may benefit from our Restoration research fellowship, designed for graduate students currently working towards a master’s in landscape design (MLA) or equivalent degree. Students gain hands-on guidance from landscape architects, with projects typically taking place over the summer.