Happy New Year!

I think we are all greeting this new year with a renewed sense of hope. 2020 presented us with unprecedented challenges and a reorganization of priorities. The Garden Club of Virginia is grateful to each of you for your dedication to your properties and your communities—the outdoor spaces that you so beautifully maintain have offered a safe sanctuary to many of the people of our commonwealth during the past year.

The work of the GCV Restoration Committee has continued as well. We are in the final stages of completing two major restorations—the carriage turnaround and oval bed plantings at Poplar Forest and the Reveley Garden at William & Mary. In addition, we celebrated our Centennial Year by partnering with the Virginia Museum of History and Culture to feature two of your peers, Eric Proebsting of Poplar Forest and Matt Peterschmidt of Stratford Hall, in the VMHC Banner Lecture Series. They discussed their respective restorations and ongoing partnership with the GCV.

As many of you know, the Restoration Committee sponsors a biennial Maintenance Workshop in January in Richmond to provide an opportunity for us to come together for informative lectures and networking opportunities. Unfortunately, we have been forced to cancel the 2021 workshop but will look forward to welcoming you to the Kent-Valentine House in January 2022 and will let you know the date and time well in advance so that you can make plans to attend. In the meantime, I hope that you will enjoy our winter newsletter. We plan to offer another newsletter this summer as we look forward to properties reopening and a return to normalcy. I encourage you to let your liaisons know of any helpful innovations/practices or exciting news that you would like to share with your peers as we would love to feature YOU in our next issue!

Thank you for all that you do, and we look forward to working with you in the coming year.