The Garden Club of Virginia

The Garden Club of Virginia’s (GCV) relationship with Historic Christ Church began over a half century ago. In 1966 the GCV selected Christ Church for its annual historic landscape restoration project. Under the direction of landscape architect Ralph E. Griswold, the GCV created the cedar alley, circular driveway and modern burying ground west of Christ Church. With Griswold and notables from the GCV, the Foundation for Historic Christ Church (FHCC) dedicated the new landscape at a ceremony in May 1968.

Today the GCV continues to provide guidance and oversight on the landscape at Historic Christ Church through a liasion on the GCV Restoration Committee and FHCC's Horticulture Committee Chair. In 2020, in commemoration of its 100th anniversary, the GCV selected sites around Virginia for a service day with Bartlett Tree Experts. That April, Brandon Frazier and his team from Barlett's Northern Neck office spent a day pruning the large oaks in the churchyard and other trees that needed attention. FHCC's Board of Directors passed a resolution that recognized GCV's anniversary and its numerous contributions to the grounds here since 1966. 

Read the Foundation for Historic Christ Church Board of Directors Resolution on the Garden Club of Virginia's Centennial Project

The Garden Club of Virginia Historic Restorations Project