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From its beginning in 1920, the Garden Club of Virginia accepted the role of focusing public attention on conservation issues around the state by establishing Conservation as its first standing committee. Through its newly established committee, the GCV pledged to conserve natural resources, plant trees and deal with pests and pesticides.

Today, the Garden Club of Virginia focuses attention on legislative, educational, and gardening issues as they relate to conservation and beautification through the GCV Conservation Forum each fall, GCV Legislative Day each January, and various workshops designed to encourage and support member clubs in providing local educational programs, regional symposiums and outreach projects throughout their communities. page under construction

The Garden Club of Virginia's Position on Land Use in Virginia

The Garden Club of Virginia strives for preservation and beautification of open spaces, historic areas, and environmentally sensitive habitats by promoting responsible, effective land use planning. The club considers these activities essential to the Commonwealth's long-term economic health.

The club's position is to encourage its members to be informed advocates for proper land management practices, particularly those involving long-term protection of air, water, and soil qualities; and to encourage local organizations and governing bodies to support responsible residential and commercial development.

The Commonwealth of Virginia offers a rich diversity of geographic character, scenic beauty, native wildlife, and cultural heritage. These factors make our state a desirable place to live.

Constitution of Virginia

Article XI - Conservation

Section 1. Natural resources and historical sites of the Commonwealth.

To the end that the people have clean air, pure water, and the use and enjoyment for recreation of adequate public lands, waters, and other natural resources, it shall be the policy of the Commonwealth to conserve, develop, and utilize its natural resources, its public lands, and its historical sites and buildings. Further, it shall be the Commonwealth's policy to protect its atmosphere, lands, and waters from pollution, impairment, or destruction, for the benefit, enjoyment, and general welfare of the people of the Commonwealth.
The garden plan for the Pollinator Waystation at Fairy Stone State Park.
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