Garden Club of Virginia, Inc.
12 East Franklin Street
Richmond VA 23219-2106
Mission Statement
The Garden Club of Virginia exists to:
  • celebrate the beauty of the land
  • conserve the gifts of nature
  • challenge future generations to build on this heritage.

We value the conservation of natural resources, the restoration of historic landscapes, and ongoing environmental education for members and Virginia citizens.  

Web and Social Media
View of the Kent-Valentine House through the front gate on W. Franklin Street.
CEO/Executive Director Lynn McCashin
Board Chair Nina Mustard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Williamsburg Garden Club
Contact Information
Address 12 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 232192106
Telephone 804 643-4137
Fax 804 644-7778
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1939
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,235,574.00
Projected Expenses $1,642,512.00
The Garden Club of Virginia exists to:
  • celebrate the beauty of the land
  • conserve the gifts of nature
  • challenge future generations to build on this heritage.

We value the conservation of natural resources, the restoration of historic landscapes, and ongoing environmental education for members and Virginia citizens.  

Impact 2016-17

Hosting GCV’s 84th Historic Garden Week in Virginia which is a week-long, statewide event and supports ongoing restoration projects, landscape architecture research fellowships, and our 5-year centennial project with Virginia State Parks.


Hosting our first Fall Symposium event. The event, held in Richmond, brought horticulture enthusiasts and novices together for educational talks and more than 450 stems on display. Attendees learned about important conservation issues affecting our area, were inspired with horticulture examples and gardening tips, and learned how to make their own beautiful arrangements to enjoy at home.

Fracking in Virginia: From All Perspectives. The 59th Conservation Forum was held in Charlottesville, Virginia and brought together experts from both sides of the issue to discuss the facts about the reality of fracking in Virginia. More than 160 attendees walked away with a better understanding of the highly debated topic. 
Funding substantial year-long fellowships for historical research, landscape architecture, and conservation and environmental education. 

Upcoming in 2017-18

Support Virginia State Parks through our 85th Historic Garden Week event. 

Restoration of current historical landscape projects including Stratford Hall and William and Mary.

Host the Fall Symposium, Daffodil Day and Lilies Growing and Showing. Each of these events will serve the public to educate about horticulture practices and inspire artistic design. 
Host the 60th Annual Conservation Forum. This event brings awareness and education to Virginia citizens about an important conservation topic. 
Raise awareness and support for our two landscape architecture research fellowships and our conservation and environmental studies fellowship.  These fellowships support education in these areas at Virginia schools. 
Support of our mission so that we may continue to celebrate the beauty of the land, conserve the gifts of nature, and challenge future generations to build on this future.
Funding for our upcoming Centennial Exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society opening in March of 2020. 
Increasing support for our GCV Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellowship.
Underwriting in support of our annual publications, programs and forums.
Funding support for our headquarters, the historic Kent-Valentine House, including major capital improvements to be completed before our centennial in 2020.
The Garden Club of Virginia is an historic federation and active association of 47 garden clubs and 3,300 women from across the Commonwealth. Instituted in 1921, the GCV began accomplishing some of Virginia’s earliest environmental work, and continues these efforts today. Our mission is three-pronged -- to restore historic gardens and landscapes, to conserve Virginia’s natural resources and to provide conservation and horticulture education to our members and all Virginians.
The Garden Club of Virginia is supported in part by proceeds from its renowned Historic Garden Week in Virginia, the oldest and largest home and garden tour in North America. This annual event has provided support throughout the years, enabling GCV to complete over 48 historic garden and landscape restorations in every region of the commonwealth.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
The Garden Club of Virginia impacts all citizens and visitors of Virginia who tour our nearly 50 state-wide public historic garden restorations, or who benefit from the local community projects of our 47 member clubs across the Commonwealth.
Board Chair
Board Chair Nina Mustard
Company Affiliation Williamsburg Garden Club
Term May 2016 to Apr 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Victoria Alexander The Hunting Creek Garden Club
Stephie Broadwater The Nansemond River Garden Club
Kris Carbone The Garden Club of Daville
Ann Gordon Evans The Huntington Garden Club
Patricia Garner The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club
Jean E. R. Gilpin Winchester-Clarke Garden Club
Sidney Jordan Hampton Roads Garden Club
Meg Laughon Hillside Garden Club
Debbie Lewis The Garden Study Club
Catherine Madden The Lynchburg Garden Club
Lynn McCashin Garden Club of Virginia
Nina W. Mustard The Williamsburg Garden Club
Susan Robertson James River Garden Club
Sue Rosser The Martinsville Garden Club
Janet Rosser The Ashland Garden Club
Dianne Spence The Williamsburg Garden Club
Ellen Upton The Elizabeth River Garden Club
Wendy Vaughn The Princess Anne Garden Club
Tuckie Westfall The Garden Club of Alexandria
Susan Wight Princess Anne Garden Club
Betsy Worthington The Lynchburg Garden Club
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 21
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Lynn McCashin
Senior Staff
Karen Cauthen Ellsworth Director of Historic Garden Week
Lexie Haglund Director of Development
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 3300
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Open to the public, Historic Garden Week in Virginia is the oldest and largest home and garden tour in North America, and is hosted annually in April in 30 communities spanning the state. Purchase tickets at Proceeds support our public historic garden restorations, our landscape architecture research fellowships, and our 5-year long centennial project with Virginia State Parks.
Budget $450,000.00
Open to the public, the GCV Annual Conservation Forum in late fall provides an opportunity to meet with leading conservationists in Virginia and to attend educational lectures on current environmental topics. To encourage appreciation and protection of Virginia's natural beauty, the forum is held at various locations around the Commonwealth. Register at
Budget $22,000.00
Open to the public, GCV hosts three annual horticulture education events -- Fall Symposium (September), Daffodil Day (March) and Lily Growing and Showing (June). Each offers the opportunity to submit horticulture specimens and arrangements and to cultivate improved growing and exhibiting techniques. Register at
Budget $90,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,235,574.00
Projected Expenses $1,642,512.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$195,370$191,361$182,808
Investment Income, Net of Losses$109,676$107,938$814,463
Membership Dues$129,320$130,440$132,960
Special Events$45,033$130,840$51,547
Revenue In-Kind----$1,527
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$834,801$1,152,825$743,870
Administration Expense$445,302$481,648$416,931
Fundraising Expense$68,742$130,572$105,629
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.100.841.60
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%63%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue29%41%45%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$8,053,817$7,924,771$8,215,826
Current Assets$1,010,635$884,359$1,035,079
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,246$1,631$2,139
Total Net Assets$8,051,571$7,923,140$8,213,687
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities449.97542.22483.91
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Major renovations to the Kent-Valentine House, the headquarters of the Garden Club of Virginia, are planned to begin in the spring of 2018. 
Goal $225,000.00
Dates Mar 2017 to Oct 2018
Amount Raised To Date $128,106.00
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View