The Mill Mountain Garden Club
The Mill Mountain Garden Club of Roanoke, Virginia, was organized in 1927 by twenty-one women with the vow to “stimulate and encourage the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs, to aid in the protection of native plants and birds, and to promote civic planting and allied subjects.” Today, the larkspur remains the chosen flower and 85 active members continue in their support of the original purpose.
In 1936, Mill Mountain Garden Club became a member of The Garden Club of Virginia, and the club was elected to membership in The Garden Club of America in 1957.
One of Mill Mountain Garden Club’s community projects, the wildflower garden sits atop namesake Mill Mountain and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The garden is two and one-half acres of land carefully planned, weeded, planted and maintained by members since 1971. The Founders Fund Award, given by the Garden Club of America in 1978, made it possible to complete the planting and construct appropriate entrance gates. In 1988, the wildflower garden received the “Common Wealth Award” given by the Garden Club of Virginia. Today the garden is popular for picnics, weddings and meetings, and continues with the complete support of the Mill Mountain Garden Club. The membership is active in environmental and conservation issues, locally, and at the state and national level.
The Mill Mountain Garden Club is a 501(c)3 organization. Contributions to The Mill Mountain Garden Club are much appreciated and help support and sustain the club’s long legacy of community service. Gifts may be honorary or in memoriam with acknowledgements directed to individuals and/or family. Gifts may be designed to support The Wildflower Garden or other club projects. For tax purposes, a letter will be provided to each donor noting the following: The Mill Mountain Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible when no goods or services are provided in consideration of the contribution.
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Valeta Pittman, President
Jeanne Fishwick, First Vice President
Lisa Laughon, Second Vice President
Molly Burns, Recording Secretary
Hetty Hoyt, Corresponding Secretary
Susan Lancaster, Treasurer
The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.
Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the country. The 200 clubs are divided geographically into twelve zones. Mill Mountain Garden club is in Zone VII. Our zone covers a broad region and is comprised of 18 clubs with 1400 members in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Mill Mountain Garden Club was elected to membership in the Garden Club of America in 1957. For more information visit: www.gcamerica.org
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. The Garden Club of Virginia leads the challenge to protect and conserve Virginia’s natural beauty, to restore and preserve Virginia’s historic gardens and landscapes, and to provide educational opportunities in support of these challenges.
Founded in 1920 by eight garden clubs from around the commonwealth, the GCV today is an active association of 47 member clubs with more than 3,300 civic and community leaders. Mill Mountain Garden Club was elected to membership in the Garden Club of Virginia in 1936.
For more information visit: www.gcvirginia.org
The Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs and the Garden Center’s purpose is to unite the Garden Clubs of Roanoke and vicinity, to foster Garden Club events, sponsor educational programs of valley wide interest, encourage civic beautification, and operate the Garden Center.
The Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. was organized in 1934, with representatives from eight local area garden clubs. The Council has continued to grow and prosper consisting now of 14 garden clubs and plant societies with over 400 members
In 1960, the Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs was established as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
For more information, visit: www.roanokecouncilofgardenclubs.com
IN THE COMMUNITY
Promoting a greater understanding of horticulture, environmental protection, and improvement in our Valley
A project focused on educating students regarding the importance of pollinators to our
Atop the namesake, Mill Mountain, a mountain within the city limits, is the pride and joy of the
A collaborative effort with the City of Roanoke, Clean Valley Council, and the Western Virginia
A project highlighting the significance and need for preservation of the American Chestnut tree.