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Elizabeth River Garden Club
of Portsmouth, VA
Founded 1927

Member:
The Garden Club of Virginia
(www.gcvirginia.org)

Portsmouth Area Council of Garden Clubs

The Elizabeth River Garden Club
P.O. Box 7923
Portsmouth, VA 23707-0923

Email:
EUptonM@aol.com  (2014-2015)

Fiscal Year: July - June

Motto
"To me the meanest Flower that blows can give thoughts
that do often lie too deep for tears." William Wordsworth

Flower
Crape Myrtle

Email:  EUptonM@aol.com  (2014-2015)


2014-2015 Officers

President  Ellen Upton

1st Vice-President  Martha Perkins

2nd Vice-President  Misty Taylor

Recording Secretary  Mary Vaughan

Corresponding Secretary Clare Savedge

Treasurer  Jean Brennaman


A BRIEF HISTORY of the
ELIZABETH RIVER GARDEN CLUB

The Elizabeth River Garden Club was organized in 1927 by about thirty women from downtown Portsmouth for the purpose of helping to beautify the city.  The present fifty-five members live in Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Isle of Wight as well as Portsmouth.  The Club has been a member of the Portsmouth Area Council of Garden Clubs for many years.

In May of 1975, the Club became the forty-fifth member of the Garden Club of Virginia and presented its first home tour as part of Historic Garden Week.  Annual home and garden tours have been held almost every year since then.  The Garden Club of Virginia, in 1980, chose the 1846 Court House grounds as one of its projects for restoration and preservation, a selection based on the efforts of the Elizabeth River Garden Club.  The Club hosted The Garden Club of Virginia Daffodil Show in April 1982, the Regional Meeting for the Chesapeake Bay Symposium in January 1984, the Annual Meeting of The Garden Club of Virginia in May 1993, and the Board of Governors Meeting of The Garden Club of Virginia in October 2008.

In 1991 members produced and published a guidebook titled Styles of Flower Arranging - A Primer, which is now in its third printing.  A second guidebook, Styles of Flower Arranging – Contemporary Designs, was published in 2006.  Note that we are now offering our popular Flower Arranging books and DVDs to the public.

The Club was incorporated in the state of Virginia in 1992, and was granted its federal tax exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code in 1993.

Since its founding in 1927, The Elizabeth River Garden Club has supported a number of beautification efforts in the Portsmouth area including the Friendship Garden at Portsmouth City Park and the Portsmouth Museums and in more recent years has also supported conservation efforts in the city and region including Hoffler Creek Wildlife Refuge and the Elizabeth River Project.