January 2023
The Path Forward
Happy New Year!

As we welcome 2023 and the myriad of possibilities it presents, we have a great opportunity to create a new and exciting chapter for ourselves and for the GCV. What will our story be? How will we expand our horizons and continue to make a difference in our communities throughout the commonwealth? The stage is set for all of us to participate and the potential is inspiring.

As we get our ducks in a row for the new year, much of our attention is focused on environmental advocacy in preparation for the upcoming General Assembly session. We hope you will join us for Legislative Day on Jan. 31 to support our initiatives for clean air, water and soil, or join the effort through your personal outreach to your legislators. Dates are booked throughout January with GCV committees gathering to finalize upcoming virtual and in-person educational workshops, projects and events. Plans are in the works to help our members grow in areas of importance to them. Stay tuned for more information on each.

The GCV's favorite annual events are spread across the state in 2023. Be sure to mark your calendar for Daffodil Day in Norfolk, Horticulture Field Day in Williamsburg, the Lily Show in Orange County and the 65th Conservation Forum in Lynchburg. See the dates included in this newsletter and watch for full details as they become available.

I look forward to sharing all of GCV’s exciting opportunities with you and wish you a happy, healthy new year!

Warm regards,
Debbie Lewis
GCV President, 2022-2024
Upcoming Events
Daffodil Day
March 29, 2023
2-5 p.m.
Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518

Free of Charge and Open to the Public

As the days of winter drag on, we long for more sunlight to nudge the first blooms of spring. Join us to see an abundance of these early bloomers at the Garden Club of Virginia’s 89th Daffodil Day, which carries the theme “Here Comes the Sun.”

As one of the nation’s largest daffodil shows, an estimated 2,000 daffodil specimens will be featured, along with 40 floral arrangements and an eye-catching photography show. The horticulture show will be judged by American Daffodil Society judges, the artistic design will be judged by GCV judges and the photography show by GCA/GCV judges

Daffodils will be showcased in a wide variety of “sunny” floral arrangements that interpret “The Sun King” in the Early French Baroque style; “The Sun Also Rises” in the Phoenix style, “Keep Your Sunny Side Up” in the Casual Contemporary style, and more.
There will be a Member Orientation at Norfolk Botanical Garden on March 29 during judging. All GCV members are welcome to attend. Stay tuned for details.
The Conservation Legislation sub-committee has worked hard to develop GCV Advocacy for 2023 Legislative Issues which was approved by the GCV Board of Directors. The statement is on the Conservation page of the GCV website and can be used to guide your environmental advocacy during the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session. Check the website later in the month for the list of bills and resolutions that GCV is tracking.

The 2023 General Assembly session begins on Jan. 11 but GCV members don’t need to wait until then to contact their legislators regarding environmental concerns. Why not call or write a note to your legislator now wishing them the best in 2023 and thanking your Senator or Delegate for keeping the environment in mind? Whether you are a letter writer, phone caller, emailer or “Zoomer,” legislators are equipped to accept your input however you prefer to communicate.

On Jan. 31, GCV members can participate in the Virginia Conservation Network’s Lobby Day (also known as GCV Legislative Day). Register to join the in-person meetings with legislators to share your concerns about pressing environmental bills.
2023 GCV Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellowship Now Open for Applications
Due Feb. 1, 2023

Do you know an undergraduate or graduate student in Virginia who is pursuing conservation or environmental studies? If so, please share the application for the GCV’s 2023 Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellowship.

Established in 2014, the fellowship supports scholars conducting research in areas relating to the conservation of natural resources and/or environmental studies concerning flora, fauna or cultural practices within communities that directly impact the Commonwealth of Virginia. You may have seen presentations from our former fellows who researched pollinators in solar fields, sea grasses that help prevent beach erosion and a bevy of other important topics. The GCV distributed announcements to Virginia colleges and universities in November, but we welcome your efforts to help share the news.

Pictured is Jordan Martin (William & Mary), Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellow 2021, catching insects for her project "Investigating the Pollinator Promoting Potential of Virginia Solar Facilities."
Historic Garden Week
What Will the 2024 Guidebook Cover Look Like?
Proposals are due Jan. 23, 2023

Historic Garden Week tour teams procuring homes and gardens for 2024 HGW tours are encouraged to submit a proposal to be considered by the HGW Committee for the next Guidebook cover. If possible, please include a list of plants that will be in bloom on the property this spring. We remind you that the house and/or gardens should be ready to be photographed anytime from mid-April through early May 2023. Please send submissions to Karen Ellsworth, Director of HGW, at Karen@VAGardenWeek.orgRead complete information regarding the Guidebook cover selection process.

Online ticketing for HGW 2023 goes live on VAGardenWeek.org on Feb. 6.

And please don’t forget, state passes which normally sell for $300 are now $200 through an exclusive, joint promotion with Flower magazine. Purchase yours now!
Winter Photo Challenge

You are invited to celebrate the beauty of nature in winter with a new Winter Photo Challenge which will run from early January to February 15.  This year’s challenge has two themes: “Monochrome Flora” and “Water in Nature in Winter.” Photos should reflect the winter season and should not include pets, animals, buildings or people. The water photos may be running water, waterfalls, ice or rain but the image must clearly reflect a winter scene. As a reminder, monochrome photos are one color only and also include black and white shots. Please submit only one image per person per class.

Please send your digital images Actual Size to Georgiana Watt at Georgianawatt@hotmail.com no later than Feb. 15. Your email should include your name, club and District with your entry renamed as follows:

Flora, First Initial, Last Name
Water, First Initial, Last Name

This year, we will introduce a new aspect to the Winter Challenge -- photos will be judged! First, second and third place awards will be given in both categories. Because of this, photos submitted after Feb. 15 will not be accepted. So, go outside this winter, explore your world and show off your photographic talent. Remember: compose, focus, click, review, edit and share!

Photo by Edie Hessberg
Photography Workshops

Please join Edie Hessberg in two free photography workshops: Basic Composition on Jan. 13, 2023, 1-3 p.m. and Basic Editing on Jan. 23, 2023, 1-3 p.m. Register here for one or both workshops.

If you are interested but cannot participate on the scheduled dates, please submit your contact info here.

Photo by Edie Hessberg
David Luria Zoom Presentation on "Moving Past Auto on Your Camera," Jan. 19, 7 p.m. via Zoom
Free of Charge

You love your camera, but do you always keep it on a nice, safe “Auto” or “P” and let the camera do the thinking? Would you like to learn what some of the other buttons on your camera do? What ISO and White Balance are and how each affects your images? You are not alone and help is on the way.

Bring your camera and your questions and join David Luria of the Washington Photo Safari to this special Zoom session to learn how you, and not the camera, can control the final image. Please register here.

Photo by Kelly Hirshman
Restoration News

Developed by the GCV Restoration Committee, this online publication is an informational link between the GCV and historic properties. Read the Winter 2023 Edition to learn about protecting views, the Virginia Executive Mansion and sedge, a plant worth knowing.
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Photo by Eric Proebsting
GCV Awards Deadlines, March 1, 2023

The Common Wealth Award, established in 1979, provides funds to support community projects of conservation, beautification, horticulture, preservation and/or education. The two-word name Common Wealth describes the "wealth" that is "common" to all Virginians. Nominations may be submitted by GCV members or member clubs. Learn more.

The Horticulture Award of Merit was established in 1960 to recognize individual members of the Garden Club of Virginia who have achieved significant accomplishments in horticulture, both personally and in their communities. Please consider nominating your club’s dedicated and hard-working horticulturalists. Learn more.

The de Lacy Gray Conservation Medal was established by the Dolley Madison Garden Club as a memorial to de Lacy Thompson Gray. The award recognizes outstanding effort by a GCV member or a GCV member club in furthering the knowledge of our natural resources as well as encouraging their wise use. Nominations may be submitted by GCV members or member clubs. Learn more.
Save the Date!

Bunny Mellon Style
Presentation and Book Signing
Bolling Haxall House
April 12, 2023
4:30–6 p.m.

Join the Garden Club of Virginia and The Woman’s Club as we partner for a special evening hosting
Bunny Mellon’s grandson, Thomas Lloyd, and fellow author Bryan Huffman. The co-authors will share
entertaining stories and design tips from their book Bunny Mellon Style, the perfect precursor to Historic Garden Week tours taking place this spring. Four properties with direct connections to Bunny Mellon (Oak Spring, Little Oak Spring, Apple Hill and Carter Hall) will be showcased on the Middleburg tour and the Clarke County tours.

Mark your calendar and look for details to be announced soon on the GCV website.

Horticulture Field Day Williamsburg
June 7-8, 2023

2023 Lily Show
June 20-21, 2023
Hosted by Dolley Madison Garden Club

Conservation Forum
Fall 2023
Member Club Activities

The Warrenton Garden Club will host a free event Sunday, Jan. 8, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Laurent Ridge Community College’s Hazel Hall to educate landowners about promoting native flora and fauna through “sustainable land use.” Keynote Speaker Amy E. M. Johnson (pictured here), the program director for Smithsonian’s Virginia Working Landscapes program, will discuss efforts to promote native bird habitat. Johnson is based at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal and holds a doctorate in conservation science and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy. A panel of local experts will follow Johnson, including October Greenfield, wildlife habitat restoration coordinator for Piedmont Environmental Council; Bert Harris, the executive director of the Clifton Institute; Charlotte Lorick, naturalist and biodiversity management team coordinator for Oak Spring Garden Foundation; and Gary Rzepecki, director of Fauquier County Parks and Recreation.
Those interested in attending should email wgcforumJan8@gmail.com to RSVP. 
The Garden Club of Norfolk presents Rebecca Lang, celebrated author of Y'all Come Over: Charming Your Guests with New Recipes, Heirloom Treasures and True Southern Hospitality.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023
Norfolk Yacht & Country Club

Does your club have an upcoming event you'd like to share with other GCV members? Email Membership News Chairman Edie Hessberg with details.
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