Forum Chairman
Anne Beals, The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club

Ann Heller, Garden Club of Virginia


Ted Constant Convocation Center 
4320 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529 

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Norfolk, VA 23508
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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. 

56th Annual Garden Club of Virginia Conservation Forum

"Trees: Virginia's Remarkable, Renewable Resource"  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ted Constant Convocation Center
Old Dominion University
4320 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23529 

Open to the Public
$50 per person (includes breakfast snack, refreshments and lunch)
Student admission is free, but does not include lunch. 
Registration is closed. If you have questions, please email or call Ann Heller at 804-643-4137 or

8:30-9:15 a.m. Check-in and Coffee

9:30 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jeanette Cadwallender, President, Garden Club of Virginia
Anne Beals, Chairman, 2014 Conservation Forum

9:45 a.m.  The Tree that Built Tidewater – The Neglected Role of Longleaf Pine in Virginia’s History
Dr. Lytton John Musselman, Mary Payne Hogan Professorship of Botany, Old Dominion University

10:20 a.m.  The Management and Care of Virginia’s Forest Resource
Bettina Ring, State Forester, Commonwealth of Virginia

10:55 a.m.  Coffee break

11:20 a.m. Presentation of the Elizabeth Cabell Dugdale Award for Meritorious Achievement in Conservation
Tuckie Westfall, Conservation and Beautification Committee Chairman, Garden Club of Virginia

11:45 a.m. Urban Forests
Dr. Richard Olsen, US National Arboretum 

12:20 p.m. Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secret Lives of Everyday Trees
Nancy Ross Hugo, Author and Honorary Member, GCV

1:05 p.m. Closing Remarks, Jeanette Cadwallender

1:10 p.m. Box Lunches

Read about our distinguished speakers. 


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Looking for Something Fun to do in Norfolk?

* Visit the Chrysler Museum featuring a special celebration of seven decades of an American icon—Smokey Bear, the well-known spokesbruin of the United States Forest Service. 

* Take in ODU's Orchid House

*  The Blackwater Preserve supports the northernmost natural occurrence of longleaf pine and more than a dozen rare or noteworthy elements of Virginia's natural heritage.Share event details and include a compelling event related image.
* Enjoy the autumnal beauty of the Norfolk Botanical Garden.  

Please note: These programs are not included in your Forum registration and must be arranged directly with the organization.