The Paramount Theater 
215 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Charlottesville Parking Information

Recommended Restaurants on or near the Charlottesville Mall  


Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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OMNI Charlottesville
212 Ridge McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 971-5500
GCV has a discounted group rate. Reserve before Sept. 24, 2018

The Graduate
1309 W Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 295-4333

Hampton Inn and Suites
900 W Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 923-8600


Garden Club of Virginia

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. Our mission is to restore historic gardens and landscapes, conserve Virginia’s natural resources, inspire a love of gardening and provide education for our members and the general public.
Learn more about the Garden Club of Virginia. 


Ann Heller 
Garden Club of Virginia 

Looking for Something Fun to do in and Around Charlottesville?

Garden Club of Virginia restorations:
Kitchen Road, the GCV's recent restoration project at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
University of Virginia's Pavilion Gardens and north forecourt of the Rotunda

The Downtown Mall features more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants (many with outdoor cafes) housed in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street. 

October 25, 2018
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
The Paramount Theater 
215 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902  
Open to the Public

$30 per person (includes continental breakfast)
Student admission is free.

Online Registration is Closed. Walkins are Welcome!

Join the Conservation and Beautification Committee of the Garden Club of Virginia
to hear the latest research on the impact of pesticides on pollinators, the environment and our health. Learn alternative sustainable garden practices that can be implemented in your own backyard.

8:15-8:45 a.m. Check in and Light Breakfast 

9 a.m.   Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jean Gilpin, President, Garden Club of Virginia
Carrie Dorsey, Chairman, Garden Club of Virginia Conservation and Beautification Committee

9:15 a.m. Guest Speakers
Rick Felker 
Mattawoman Creek Farms
The importance of soil and growing conditions on health.

Russ Britton
CEO, Mirimichi Green
Innovative practices and latest advancements in sustainable green spaces including biostimulants and reduced watering needs

Pete Myers
Founder and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences
The dangers of pesticides - even in low doses - to the health of wildlife and people. Endocrine disrupting pesticides and how the EPA may improve its risk assessment will also be covered.

Rick Fell
Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Virginia Tech
Importance of pollinators and the threats they are facing

11:30 a.m. Panel and Questions from the Audience

Noon Presentations of the Dugdale Award for Meritorious Achievement in Conservation and the GCV Conservation Educator Award 

12:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own. Recommended restaurants nearby.  

The 2018 Conservation Forum is Generously Sponsored by        


Gardy Bloemers, CFP
Vice President
Merrill Lynch