The Nelson County Garden Club meets at the Memorial Library, 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway (Route 29), in Lovingston, Virginia, on the first Friday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome.
The membership includes gardeners of all ages, abilities and interests. The group has been in existence for over eighty years. Meetings include monthly programs drawing on a variety of topics - all related to gardening or the environment. For example, the program last October was about understanding and managing wildlife in the neighborhood, and the speaker, Jon Donaldson from the USDA, spoke about rabies, deer, groundhogs, skunks and included vultures and coyotes. At another meeting, Penny Crisp, one of our own members, spoke to us about toxins and poisons in the environment.
Our club goes on excursions, as we did to the Lewis Ginter Gardens in Richmond, Virginia, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for the Fine Art and Flowers exhibit, Blue Heron Farm, Pharsalia, and the Nature Camp. We have a holiday greens sale, and our workshop for making Christmas arrangements is held at Mountain Cove Vineyards. We have several celebrations annually including our Christmas luncheon and decorated hat celebration in June.
Members can sign up to work on many committees because our current president, Esther, believes that committee work should be the heart of our organization. We also give a scholarship to a local high school student about to enter college who is interested in horticulture, and we sponsor a child at the Nature Camp.
Our interests include flower arranging, environmental conservation, landscaping, horticulture, community service and gardening study.
We begin every meeting with refreshments and a social hour, and we would welcome you to our meetings. You only have to look at the photographs in this website to see a congenial group.