Conservation

Through education and advocacy, the Mill Mountain Garden Club (MMGC) encourages others to conserve the gifts of nature, provide stewardship of our natural resources, and promote the enjoyment of gardens. We focus attention on conservation issues through educational leadership initiatives, informative garden club presentations, participation in the development and maintenance of the Wildflower Garden on Mill Mountain, attendance at regional, state, and national conservation conferences, support of Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) and Garden Club of America (GCA) conservation initiatives, and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

The Conservation Committee is currently finishing up its work on the highly successful, “Scoop the Poop” campaign. Thanks to a grant from GCV, we will be assisting the City of Roanoke in distributing “Scoop the Poop” signage to neighborhood leaders and giving them the tools to promote this program in their own neighborhoods. Please contact Vickie Bibee if you are interested in helping out.

We are looking forward to focusing on several aspects of the Pollinator Project that MMGC will be moving forward with this year. We will be working with other MMGC committees and the City of Roanoke to create a pollinator garden in the Wildflower Garden, as well as developing educational signage to accompany the garden.
The Conservation Committee is recommending that club members read the NYT bestselling “THE INVENTION OF NATURE,” by Andrea Wulf, which we will be discussing after the September meeting. GCA honored Andrea Wulf with the Sarah Chapman Francis Medal in 2017 for her meticulous research revealing the gardening lives of our Founding Fathers and early environmental explorers.
Certify your Garden!! We are encouraging all MMGC members to certify their own gardens as a commitment to wildlife. Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife. Turn your balcony, container garden, schoolyard, or wildflower garden into a Certified Wildlife HabitatRegister your habitat today!!

We will be attending several conferences and the NAL to educate ourselves and our club about the legislative issues affecting us. Locally our efforts will be focused on the proposed pipelines that will impact our area. There is an enormous amount of conservation information on the Garden Club of Virginia website. Please go to the GCV Conservation area to read their position papers and legislative concerns.

The Garden Club of America has a wealth of conservation resources as well. Visit their Conservation Committee page (in the member area of the GCA site) to become informed! They provide links to websites, blogs, books, videos, the Step-Up Campaign, the amazingly informative CONWATCH BULLETIN Partners For Plants (P4P), GCA Position Papers (Clean Air, Clean Water, Climate Change, National Parks, National Public Lands, Native Plants and Pollinators, Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Transportation and Infrastructure), all in the member area of the GCA’s website and other GCA resources.

The Conservation Calendar for this year includes the following:

GCV Fall Symposium – Sept 26-27
Richmond, VA
includes a short presentation from the Conservation and Beautification committee, on the 26th.
(The usual fall flower arranging workshop is on the 27th) Details will be posted later on the GCV website.

Conservation Forum – Fracking: From All Perspectives – October 27
Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville, VA
For more information and to purchase tickets go to the events page here.

Legislative Day – January 22, 2018
St. Paul’s Church, Richmond, VA

NAL – February 26 – March 1
Washington, D.C.

For more information contact the MMGC Conservation Chairs
Cindy Simonds
Vickie Bibee

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