The Garden Club of Alexandria
The Purpose of The Garden Club of Alexandria is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and garden-related arts; to restore, improve, and protect the natural world through conservation and education in environmental stewardship; to promote civic planting and beautification; and to aid in the restoration and preservation of historic gardens in Virginia.
The Garden Club of Alexandria is a member of the Garden Club of America and the Garden Club of Virginia.
Membership in The Garden Club of Alexandria is limited by charter and by invitation.
Civic Projects: Ramsay House Garden
Built in 1742, the Ramsay House houses the Visitor's Center and the front door to our historic city.
The Garden Club of Alexandria commissioned this design and raised funds to make it reality.
Donnie Simpson, Joan Honeyman, and Jamie Derrington.
Project groundbreaking with Mayor Alison Silberberg and club members.
As the Old Town Alexandria Visitors Center, the Ramsay House welcomes over 70,000 visitors a year. Unfortunately, the garden was not very welcoming. It was not wheelchair accessible, had limited seating, and the foundation plantings were either overgrown or in poor condition.
Ramsay House staff approached the Garden Club of Alexandria requesting help In improving the garden. The Club
and the City signed an agreement to create a space to truly welcome visitors and residents with new plantings, new
seating options, and amenities like a drinking fountain with a bottle filler. Designed by landscape architect Joan
Honeyman, ASLA, every effort has been made to make the garden sustainable, attractive and functional to improve the experience for visitors and residents alike.
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