• Organized in 1922, Member of the Garden Club of Virginia since 1924

  • RGC Projects & Grants

  • As a Member of The Garden Club of Virginia

    Rivanna Garden Club participates in funding the Garden Club of Virginia’s restoration projects by helping to host Historic Garden Week in Albemarle County / Charlottesville. In rotation with Albemarle and Charlottesville Garden Clubs, Rivanna chairs the tour once every three years and fulfills other roles alternately. The local tour raises funds each year to assist one of the largest volunteer projects in the country.

    Rivanna also participates in GCV’s Conservation Forum and campaigns, education forums, horticulture exhibits, and special projects.

    As Citizens of the Charlottesville / Albemarle Area

    Our Members Actively Support the Community's Ongoing Commitments Including:

    • Annual interactive holiday projects with residents at The Blue Ridge House
    • Youth Conservation Education: Annual scholarships to Nature Camp and ARC camp
    • Adoption of a “bio filter” (rainwater retention basin) in Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet, VA, with Albemarle County's approval and assistance, Rivanna designed, planted, and maintained the area for six years until it was established.
    • Members participated in the Rivanna Conservation Day by helping the Albemarle County Riverbank Project. Three thousand trees were planted on the banks of the Rivanna River.
    • Monetary awards for projects are funded by proceeds from our Holiday Bazaar and other activities. Projects are reviewed through an application process by the Ways and Means Committee, approved by the Board of Directors, and voted on by the Rivanna Garden Club membership.
    • From 2009 - 2019, Rivanna Garden Club provided awards to:
      o Venable School’s Habitat Fund
      o The Rivanna Conservation Alliance
      o Nature Camp Foundation/Endowment
      o The International Rescue Committee/New Roots
      o Hatton Ferry
      o Miller School Arboretum
      o Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
      o City Schoolyard Garden
      o Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
      o Rockfish Nature Center/Spruce Creek
      o Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail
      o Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention Center
      o Western Albemarle High School
      o Elk Hill Group Home and Elk Hill Charlottesville School
      o Georgia’s Healing House
    • In 2018, Rivanna designed and built the Virginia Native Plant and Pollinator Garden at the James River State Park, with funding from a grant from the Garden Club of Virginia State Parks Project