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 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 25-26
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad St., Richmond, VA
The Garden Club of Virginia invites you to celebrate the Elements of Beauty.
For more information and to register, go to: https://www.gcvsymposium.org/
Conservation Forum – October 25
Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville, VA
For more information and to purchase tickets go to the events page here.
Legislative Day – January 30, 2019 (tentative)
St. Paul’s Church, Richmond, VA
NAL – February 24 – March 27