The Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc (VFGC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer gardening organization with over 200 clubs and more than 5200 members across the state of Virginia.
VFGC provides educational opportunities in all aspects of gardening and floral design. Founded in 1933, VFGC promotes community beautification, encourages the improvement of roadsides and parks, and aides in the protection and conservation of natural resources.
VFGC is the state affiliate of the National Garden Clubs, Inc (NGC), a nonprofit educational organization composed of 6950 member garden clubs with approximately 200,000 members in the fifty states and 447 international affiliates, making NGC the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.
The major projects of VFGC are:
YOUTH PROJECT GRANTS are awarded annually to VFGC clubs and community organizations for new or existing youth-centered programs. The focus of these programs should help youth realize the rewards and life lessons from gardens and habitats for becoming good stewards of the earth. The scope of these programs may include benefits to the community, environmental awareness/education, plant-to-food connections, outdoor classroom projects, horticulture education, and the social aspects of gardening.
VIRGINIA WILDFLOWER PROGRAM, started with the Virginia Department of Transportation in 1976 is a program for the beautification of Virginia’s roadsides by the planting of wildflowers and trees donated by various civic organizations. Virginia industry and communities share the aesthetic and economic advantages of well-maintained roadways. VFGC co-sponsored the wildflower specialty license plate, available through the Division of Motor Vehicles, with $15 from the sale of each license plate going to the Virginia Wildflower Program.
VFGC HEALING GARDEN at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia features plants known for the medicinal properties in a setting designed to restore the spirit. Donations from garden clubs and members across Virginia have helped to fulfill the pledge of $200,000 to fund this garden.
YOUTH EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES are offered through scholarships awarded annually to college students studying horticulture-related fields.
Organized – March 16, 1933
Incorporated – June 8, 1966
- 202 Clubs
- 5212 Members
- 6 Districts
- Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Shenandoah, South Central, Southwest and Tidewater