The Resource Garden Club of Virginia records

Garden Club of Virginia records

Garden Club of Virginia records, 1923-2008
Garden Club of Virginia records
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  • Records, 1923-2008, of the Garden Club of Virginia, including subject files, information relating to the revision of "Homes and Gardens of Old Virginia," publicity files, and publications
  • The subject files contain historical and other information on specific gardens and homes in Virginia that were included on tours during Historic Garden Week, planning files for the event, and articles, drafts, and essays written by Charlotte Taylor Massie (1917-2000). There are also copies of the club's journal and newsletter for various years in this series
  • There is a series of materials concerning publication of the fourth edition of "Homes and Gardens of Old Virginia" in 1966, including tables of contents, drafts of descriptions of homes and gardens to be included in the volume, and correspondence with some of their owners. The files are arranged by area of the state, and were kept by Adelia C. Matthews (1899-1982), who was secretary to the editorial committee
  • The majority of the collection consists of publicity files for Historic Garden Week, including newspaper clippings and supplements, magazine articles, brochures, booklets, correspondence, and drafts of articles and press releases prepared for publication in various state and national newspapers and journals. This series is arranged by year
  • There are also numerous brochures, guidebooks, and other publications on specific historic sites in Virginia and on the subject of gardening
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Biographical or historical data
The Garden Club of Virginia is an active association of forty-seven garden clubs, whose members collectively form a group of more than 3,300 civic leaders from around the Commonwealth. The Garden Club of Virginia exists to celebrate the beauty of the land, to conserve the gifts of nature and to challenge future generations to build on this heritage. It sponsors three major flower shows annually, presents various educational programs, and makes awards to encourage community conservation and beautification projects. Most notably, the Garden Club of Virginia is recognized for its Historic Garden Week, a statewide tour of gardens and homes. Proceeds from the tour are used to fund garden restoration projects throughout Virginia. With over $14.5 million realized since its inception in 1929, the Garden Club of Virginia has restored the gardens at more than fifty properties.
Cataloging source
Garden Club of Virginia records
  • The Library of Virginia
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Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Garden Club of Virginia
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Subject Files. II. "Homes and Gardens of Old Virginia" Files. III. Publicity Files. IV. Publications.
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Type of unit
cu. ft. (21 boxes)

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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