Garden Club of Virginia Presents the 60th Annual Conservation Forum

Garden Club of Virginia Presents the 60th Annual Conservation Forum

Live Events | 10/25/2018 | 9:00AM

“The Real Dirt on Pesticides: Pollinators, Food and Our Health”

Homeowners, business leaders and students can look forward to an informative and engaging program that will address the toxicity and lingering effects of popular pesticides sold in grocery stores and garden centers. Speakers will share the latest research on the crisis of declining pollinators, discuss alternative, sustainable methods of dealing with garden pests and weeds, and why we must protect ourselves and the environment. “New research is revealing the many toxic and persistent effects that pesticides have on human health and the environment,” said GCV President Jean Gilpin.

Ticket price includes continental breakfast.

The Forum is presented by the GCV’s Conservation and Beautification Committee. Speakers include:

Rick Felker
Mattawoman Creek Farms
The importance of soil and growing conditions on health.

Russ Britton
CEO, Mirimichi Green
Innovative practices and latest advancements in sustainable green spaces including
biostimulants and reduced watering needs

Pete Myers
Founder and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences
The dangers of pesticides – even in low doses – to the health of wildlife and people.
Endocrine disrupting pesticides and how the EPA may improve its risk assessment will also be covered.

Rick Fell
Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Virginia Tech
Importance of pollinators and the threats they are facing

A question and answer session will follow.

Presentation of the Elizabeth Cabell Dugdale Award for Meritorious Achievement in Conservation and Conservation Educator Award

The Piedmont Environmental Council will receive the GCV’s 2018 Elizabeth Cabell Dugdale Award. The PEC, founded in 1972, has a mission to “promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty.” It is one of the most effective community-based environmental groups in the country and has played a vital role in the promotion of land conservation, with more than 400,000 acres of land permanently protected in the nine-county area it serves.

The 2018 Conservation Educator Award goes to Nancy Newman of Charlottesville. Newman was a curriculum coordinator at Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville for many years. Upon retirement in 1997, she created an outdoor science curriculum for elementary students at Venable, where outdoor classrooms are home to birds, invertebrates, snakes, mammals and plants, all thriving in an urban setting. These programs also benefit at-risk children, who monitor streams, hike, identify birds and plants. Under Newman’s leadership, the gardens at Venable have been designated as a Monarch Waystation and a National Wildlife Habitat.

Thank you to our sponsors: Grelen Nursery, Investment Management of Virginia, The Paramount Theater, Piedmont Environmental Council and Gardy Bloemers, Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch.


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. CLICK HERE to learn more.


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Schedule of Events

  • October 25, 2018 | 9:00AM
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