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 2015-16

Hosting GCV’s 83rd Historic Garden Week in Virginia which is a week-long, statewide event and supports ongoing restoration projects.


Restoring Poplar Forest in Bedford County. We are using archaeological findings to re-create the landscape that Thomas Jefferson planned and planted himself.


Funding substantial year-long fellowships for historical research, landscape architecture, and conservation and environmental education. 

Upcoming in 2016-17

Clean Energy: Exploring Wind and Solar GCV hosts its 58th Conservation Forum, November 3, 2016 at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. The Forum is open to the public and provides an opportunity to meet with leading conservationists.

Support Virginia State Parks through our Historic Garden Week event. 

Restoration of current historical landscape projects including Poplar Forest and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.

Support of 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. 
Funding 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.
The Garden Club of Virginia is an historic federation and active association of 47 garden clubs and 3,400 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 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
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
Jeanette Rowe Cadwallender The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club
Kris Carbone The Garden Club of Daville
Margaret Clement Three Chopt Garden Club
Pamela Combs The Garden Club of Norfolk
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
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
Emily Reed The Augusta 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
Wendy Vaughn The Princess Anne Garden Club
Susan Wight Princess Anne Garden Club
Kate Williams Leesburg 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 4
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
Budget $450,000.00
Open to the public, the GCV Annual Conservation Forum in November 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 Flower Shows -- Rose (October), Daffodil (April) and Lily (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
Endowment Value $3,752,930.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$191,361$182,808$115,635
Investment Income, Net of Losses$107,938$814,463$617,972
Membership Dues$130,440$132,960$133,240
Special Events$130,840$51,547$43,611
Revenue In-Kind--$1,527$52,036
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,152,825$743,870$1,098,242
Administration Expense$481,648$416,931$366,692
Fundraising Expense$130,572$105,629$93,430
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.841.601.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses63%59%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue41%45%59%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$7,924,771$8,215,826$7,458,469
Current Assets$884,359$1,035,079$5,770,979
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$1,631$2,139$1,599
Total Net Assets$7,923,140$8,213,687$7,456,870
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities542.22483.913609.12
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View