Community Projects

Rawlinson Collection

Established by the Augusta Garden Club in 1946, the Elizabeth Seymour Rawlinson Collection at the Staunton Public Library memorializes a former member who was not only an able gardener but also editor for many years of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Garden Gossip. 

the collection

over 165 books

Each year, the Augusta Garden Club donates books to the library to raise awareness in the community about conservation, plants, shrubs, trees, flower arranging, and the joys of gardening.

Recent Additions

The Rawlinson Collection includes over 165 books, but here are some of the most recent additions we’ve made.

The Pollinator Victory Garden

Kim Eierman

Living Floral

Margot Shaw

Plant Parenting

Leslie Halleck

Bee to Honey

Sarah Ridley


Avery Chenoweth

What a Waste

Jess French

National Geographic Kids Look and Learn: In My Garden

Let it Grow: A Frozen Guide to Gardening

Cynthia Stierle

Green Bean

Patricia Thomas

Green Gardening: Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make and Play Garden Lab for Kids

Renata Fossen Brown

DIY Flower Arranging for Kids (Book 1)

Mercedes Sarmini

Martha's Flowers

Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey

National Geographic Readers: Seeds to Plant

in memory of

Elizabeth Seymour Rawlinson

Like her mother, Elizabeth was a member of the Augusta Garden Club and the two women used Herringstone as a horticultural experimental station. Much of their work can still be seen today in the trees, shrubs, and flowers that continue to grow there. Elizabeth’s obituary noted that the grounds of Herringstone contained “many rare and beautiful plants and shrubs as a result of her skill and knowledge.”

Read more about Elizabeth Rawlinson in this article from the Virginia Native Plant Society.

Other projects
Each spring, The Garden Club of Virginia welcomes visitors to over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks during "America's Largest Open House."
In 1935, Staunton’s City Manager James C. Ruff aspired to make Staunton the dogwood capital of Virginia to rival Washington, D.C.’s reputation for their cherry blossoms.
As a part of its effort to promote and create public awareness of conservation in the Staunton and Augusta County area, the Augusta Garden Club initiated a series of signs to educate the public about the Lewis Creek Watershed.