Elements
of Beauty

Fall Symposium September 25-26

Celebrate the "Elements of Beauty" at the Garden Club of Virginia 2018 Fall Symposium. This 2-day event at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, will kick off on Tuesday, September 25 with GCV's popular Flower Arranging School and will include workshops, speakers, judged artistic exhibits, horticulture and photography, vendors and more.

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Events and Activities

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Flower Arranging School with Holly Heider Chapple

Holly Heider Chapple, a visionary in the floral design and education industry, maintains a home-based farm studio, allowing her gardens to be both inspiration and a source for top-quality garden-grown materials. A mother of seven, this charismatic lady has been featured in numerous magazines including Martha Stewart, Southern Living, Washingtonian and Virginia Living. Holly’s presentation, “Flowers for the Home from the Home,” will focus on seasonal designs for your house using materials available from your own garden. Based in Loudoun County, Holly is known for arranging without oasis. She will share her unique techniques that make this possible.

$90 pp includes a Continental breakfast and a plated lunch in a bistro setting. An additional $10 pp includes two glasses of wine.
Chip Callaway

Paul Faulkner “Chip” Callaway, an internationally known landscape architect based in Historic Fisher Park near downtown Greensboro, has created over a thousand gardens in the United States and abroad ranging from large estates to small courtyards. A master storyteller and “ridiculously charming” according to one client, his presentation, Gardens Great and Small – Highlights of a 40 Year Career, will include tales of resurrecting and restoring gardens from the past, as well as creating brand new ones, and doing both with a nod toward modern living.

$50 pp includes a plated lunch in a bistro setting. An additional $10 pp includes two glasses of wine.
Greg Campbell and Erick New, authors of Florists to the Field

Co-owners of “Garden District,” the shop in Memphis, Tennessee, they’ve run since 1995, Greg and Erick will regale us with exploits from their recently released book. A partnership of boundless creativity, they never let reality get in the way of a great idea. Florist to the Field is one of the floral design team’s most ambitious endeavors and a testimony to their work. Presentation includes a lecture and a demonstration of several arrangements followed by a Q & A. The arrangements will be raffled off, and their book will be available for purchase and signing afterwards.

$40 pp.
Advanced Flower Arranging Workshop with Holly Heider Chapple

Join Holly Heider Chapple, our Flower Arranging School speaker and member of the Leesburg Garden Club, for a hands-on workshop. Famous in the flower world for arranging without oasis, she has developed mechanical systems such as the “Compote Bowl” and the “pillow system” to aid in this type of arranging. Participants will make and take home an arrangement using these innovative mechanics and garden-grown plant materials. Bring your own clippers and work basket. This workshop will proceed at a fast pace and is designed for experienced arrangers. Basics will not be covered. SOLD OUT

$150 pp includes all flowers and supplies including a Compote Bowl and a pillow system.
Novice Flower Arranging Workshop with Some of GCV's Top Arrangers

Learn from Garden Club of Virginia Flower Show Judges Annie Vanderwarker, Laura Francis, Susan Wight and Tory Willis during a hands-on flower arranging event especially for the beginner/novice arranger. Numerous topics will be covered such as: mechanics and supplies; choosing, preparing and conditioning plant materials; “how to” tape, wire and tube plant material, as well as the Principles and Elements of Design. Workshop will focus on the basics and culminates in creating a classic arrangement using oasis you can take home to enjoy. Bring your own clippers and work basket, if you have one.

$80 pp includes a container, all necessary flowers and supplies.
The Garden Club of Virginia’s Legacy of Restoring Historic Gardens

Will Rieley taught at UVA for 20 years and has served as landscape architect to the Garden Club of Virginia since 1998. His presentation will focus on an exciting new garden project underway at Stratford Hall, home of the Lees of Virginia and the site of the GCV’s second restoration project using proceeds from Historic Garden Week. In addition, Restoration Committee Chairman, Anne Baldwin, will offer updates on other GCV projects. Learn about this inspiring work restoring historic gardens in Virginia.

No charge.
Rethinking Conservation, Sustainability and Beauty in the Garden

Presented by Eva Clarke of James River Garden Club, Nancy Dickerson Knewstep of Princess Anne and Williamsburg Garden Clubs, and Meg French of Virginia Beach Garden Club.

No charge, open seating
Boutique Shopping

Visit boutique vendors offering a range of merchandise from antiques and jewelry to children's clothing. Lots of flower arranging and gardening supplies to choose from.
Dining Options

Event participants will enjoy a sit-down lunch in a bistro atmosphere with servers, wine bars and a menu that includes six entrees, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, prepared by one of Richmond’s premier caterers from noon-3:00 pm both days. Weather-permitting, seating will also be available on the patio facing the Pollinator Garden. Complimentary beverages including Mandarin Spiced iced tea, lemonade and water will be available from noon to 6 pm for all visitors. In addition, the Science Museum’s Periodic Table café, located near the Broad Street entrance, features a variety of breakfast and lunch fare and an espresso bar. It is open from 8 am to 4 pm. For those that seek a culinary adventure, there are numerous restaurants located less than a mile from the Museum including Stella’s, Little Saint, ZZQ and Peter Chang’s.

Timeline of Exhibits, Events and Activities

Tuesday Morning, September 25 Flower Arranging School

Dome Theater
9:00 - 10:00Flower Arranging School Check In and Continental Breakfast
10:00 - 12:00Flower Arranging School with Holly Heider Chapple and Bistro Luncheon

Tuesday Afternoon, September 25

 Dewey Gottwald CenterRF&P ForumDiscovery Room
12:00 - 3:00Bistro Open
12:00 - 6:00Shopping Boutique Open
Horticulture and Artistic Workrooms Open
Horticulture Registration, Passing and Placement
1:00 - 6:00Artistic Check In
2:00 - 6:00Artistic Passing and Placement
1:30 - 3:00Advanced Flower Arranging Workshop SOLD OUTLandscape Restorations with William D. Rieley
3:30 -5:00Novice Flower Arranging Workshop with Annie Vanderwarker and Laura Francis
4:00 - 6:00Sip and Shop (Cash Bar)

Wednesday, September 26

Dewey Gottwald CenterRF&P ForumDiscovery Room
7:30 - 9:00Artistic Check In
7:30 - 9:30Artistic Passing and Placement
Horticulture Registration, Passing and Placement
7:30 - 10:00Horticulture and Artistic Workrooms Open
10:00 - 12:00Chip Callaway Lecture and Bistro Luncheon (in Dewey Gottwald Center) following presentation.
10:00 - 1:00Horticulture, Artistic and Photography Judging
12:00 - 3:00Bistro Open
12:00 - 6:00Shopping Boutique Open
1:00 - 2:30Rethinking Conservation, Sustainability and Beauty in the Garden.
2:00 - 4:30Vote for People's Choice
2:30 - 4:00Florists to the FieldFloral Demonstration by Designers Greg Campbell and Erick New, co-owners of Garden District
1:30 - 6:00Horticulture, Artistic and Photography Exhibits Open to Public
4:00 - 6:00Sip, See and Shop
5:15Announce People's Choice Award
6:00Show Closes
6:00 - 6:30Exhibit Pick Up