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Garden Club of Virginia

The Garden Club of Virginia is an active association of 48 garden clubs whose members collectively form a group of more than 3,400 civic leaders from around the commonwealth.

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. 


Garden Club of Virginia 

November 3, 2022
Zoom Webinar
9 a.m. - noon
Open to the Public

Free of Charge
The program will be recorded and available on

PFAS, or per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, are manufactured chemicals that do not break down over time and are detrimental to health and the environment. An expert panel will discuss the imperative to reduce and eventually eliminate the environmental dangers of PFAS that permeate land, water and air. With more than 9,000 classifications, PFAS are present in consumer products such as cookware, cosmetics, food wrappers and water-repellent fabrics. Bioaccumulation of PFAS poses significant adverse health risks, and scientists estimate that PFAS are in the bloodstreams of 98 percent of Americans.

9 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Debbie Lewis, President, Garden Club of Virginia
Sarah Hellewell, M.D., Chairman, Garden Club of Virginia Conservation & Beautification Committee

9:10 a.m. GCV 2022 Conservation Awards Presentations
GCV Conservation Awards Chairman Marie Thomas 
Dugdale Award for Meritorious Achievement in Conservation
GCV Conservation Educator Award

9:20 a.m. Joe DiNardo, "PFAS Science Guy"
What and Where are PFAS?

9:40 a.m. William Mann, M.D.
How Do PFAS Affect Your Health 

10:15 a.m. Erin Ling, Kathleen Hohweiler and Leigh-Anne Krometis, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Well Water and Drinking Water 

10:40 a.m. Robert C. Hale, Ph.D., Virginia Institute for Marine Sciences
Chemicals of Emerging Concern in Wastewater Biosolids

11 a.m. Joe DiNardo
Consumer Issues  

11:15 a.m. Q & A
Moderated by Barbara Walsh and Carol Hunter, Garden Club of Virginia
Conservation & Beautification Committee

11:45 a.m. Sarah Hellewell


Thank you to our 2022 Conservation Forum Sponsor: