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Roanoke Garden Club Hosts Statewide Conference

The luncheon at the Museum of Transportation featured pink tablecloths – and plenty of vintage autos as a backdrop.

by Gene Marrano

The Roanoke Valley Garden Club hosted the ninety-first Annual Meeting of the Garden Club of Virginia at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center May 10 – 12. The Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) has 47 member clubs across the Commonwealth.

Its mission is to restore historic gardens and landscapes, conserve Virginia’s natural resources, inspire a love of gardening and provide education for club members and the general public.

The Garden Club of Virginia has been responsible for restoring historic gardens throughout the Commonwealth. Locally, the restoration projects include the grounds at Fincastle Presbyterian Church and the Beale Gardens at Hollins University. The annual event rotates throughout the state. “This meeting hasn’t been in Roanoke for well over twenty years and won’t return for another twenty plus years,” said Denise Revercomb of the Roanoke Valley Garden Club.

There were 140 members registered for the conference. While in town, visitors had a chance to visit the O. Winston Link and Taubman museums. The Roanoke Valley Garden Club also hosted a luncheon in the vintage auto gallery at the Virginia Museum of Transportation on May 11.

“The auto gallery looked amazing,” said Denise Revercomb, coordinator for the Roanoke Valley Garden Club event. “We had 130 ladies seated for lunch. Bev [Fitzpatrick, VMT executive director] says they have never had pink tablecloths in the gallery and he loved the look.”


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