Conservation & Preservation

The James River Garden Club has developed a respected voice in the legislative arena and actively educates and lobbies for clear air, clean water, recycling, anti-pesticides and organic farming.

The JRGC Conservation Committee launched an innovative program called the Queen Bee Challenge in 2016 to encourage members to implement environmentally-friendly and sustainable lawn care practices and habits. Some specific efforts have involved:

  • Composting
  • Educating members on methods for limiting the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to improve the health of the James River
  • Adopting Reduce – Reuse – Recycle practices.

Since the early 1990s, the club has emphasized the benefits of recycling and was instrumental in the city of Richmond’s first neighborhood recycling program for glass, aluminum, plastics and newsprint.

The club also supports initiatives of the Garden Clubs of Virginia and America, including a recent petition to include the monarch butterfly as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.