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Garden Club of Virginia Symposium
September 20-21, 2022
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

The Garden Club of Virginia’s popular Symposium will offer a wide range of events that integrate judged floral designs, horticulture and photography exhibits. We’ll hear from landscape architects and plant specialists; we’ll learn photography techniques and observe the creation of haute couture botanical art; we’ll relive the history of gardener, horticulturist and poet Anne Spencer; and we’ll enjoy cocktails inspired by botanicals. All events are open to the public and will take place over two days at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond. Please join us!

Directions to the Science Museum of Virginia

Arriving from North or West

Take I-95 South or I-64 East to Richmond. From I-95, take the Arthur Ashe Boulevard exit 78, bear right onto Arthur Ashe Boulevard and follow to West Broad Street (US 250), the 4th traffic light. Turn left onto West Broad Street and travel for two blocks; the Science Museum is on your left-hand side.

Arriving from South or East

Take I-95 north or I-64 west to Richmond. From I-95, take the Arthur Ashe Boulevard exit 78 and bear left onto Hermitage Road. Travel south on Hermitage for 1.3 miles to West Broad Street (US 250). Turn right onto West Broad Street and proceed for half a mile; the Science Museum is on your right-hand side.

Hotel Recommendations

Linden Row Inn
100 East Franklin Street
(804) 783-7000 or (800) 348-7424
Garden rooms are $119/night + 14% tax; Main House rooms ar $139/night +14% tax.
Linden Row Reservations – Mention that you are a GCV member to receive the GCV member rate.

The Graduate Hotel
301 W. Franklin Street
(804) 644-9871 
The Graduate Hotel

Quirk Hotel
201 W Broad Street
(804) 340-6040
Quirk Hotel Richmond

Judged Exhibits



Artistic Design

Events & Activities

Dr. Matthew Borden

Plant pathologist at the Bartlett Tree Experts Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC.

Sherryl Belinsky

Award-winning photographer focuses on flowers in the garden.

Bryan F. Peterson

Award winning photographer, author and co-founder of The Bryan Peterson School of Photography.

Emilie Carter, ASLA

Landscape architect with Phyto Studio who focuses on creating ecologically-functional landscapes.

Shaun Spencer-Hester

Executive director and curator of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum

“Mix it Up” Cocktail Party

Botanical-inspired adult beverages surrounded by blooms of the late-season garden.

Robert Llewellyn

Award-winning photographer introduces the world of micro-photography.

Thomas Woltz, FASLA

Acclaimed landscape architect addresses social and ecological sustainability in designed landscapes.

Francoise Weeks

Innovative haute couture creations and woodland designs made with foraged plant materials and flowers.


Day One

Day One of the Symposium features presentations by acclaimed artistic designer Francoise Weeks, landscape architect Emilie Carter, ASLA, of Phyto Studio, and pre-recorded presentations by photographers Sherryl Belinsky and Bryan F. Peterson. Spectacular artistic design, horticulture and photography exhibits take center stage upon conclusion of judging, and a botanical cocktail mixology event provides a perfect ending to the day.

  • September 20, Tuesday
  • 11 a.m to 7 p.m

Day Two

Day Two events include presentations and discussions by landscape architect Thomas Woltz, FASLA, plant pathologist Matthew Borden, DPM, of Bartlett Tree Experts, Director and Curator of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum Shaun Spencer-Hester and photographer Robert Llewellyn. Visitors will also have another opportunity to view the artistic design, horticulture and photography exhibits.

  • September 21, Wednesday
  • 9:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m

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