Champions of the Environment


3rd Annual Virginia Garden Festival 2008

Festival Summary:

2008 VA Garden Festival, Festival admission and parking free, held ‘rain or shine’

Sponsor: the Virginia Green Industry Council (VGIC)

September 20, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

at the Virginia Science Museum, 2500 West Broad Street in Richmond, VA

For directions, call (804) 864-1400  or see

Click here for 2008 event details for sponsors and participating organizations 

Click here for a detailed schedule of events

For Exhibitor/Sponsor Application Click on form format PDF  Word



Richmond, VA… February 8, 2008… The Virginia Green Industry Council (VGIC) is challenging Virginians to GoGreen, ‘become a champion for the environment’, at their third Virginia Garden Festival held (rain or shine) September 20, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street in Richmond Virginia. Festival admission and parking is free.

Save this date and attend an event where art, magic, music and fantasy come together with expert ‘green living’ information that you can take home. Talented individuals from all facets of the Green Industry are on site to make the event an educational and fun-fill family experience.
VGIC, partnering with Virginia’s Green Industry professionals, is providing practical and fun activities for the whole family. Hear well-known speakers share their garden and landscape strategies, visit vendor display booths and receive their earth-friendly tips, stop by and “ask the experts”, watch tree care and lawn demonstrations, hear Andre Viette as he airs his radio show “IN THE GARDEN”, sample some of “Virginia’s Finest” foods, listen to music in the garden, purchase “rare and unusual” plants as well as garden décor’; and new this year, visit the Kids’ GoGreen and VA Farmer Market corners.
About the sponsor VGIC, Champions of the Environment!  
As a Virginia coalition, the Virginia Green Industry Council provides outstanding industry and public sector services. These activities include consumer education, coordination and promotion of professional certifications, distribution of monthly news releases, maintenance of an online speakers bureau, promotion of Green Industry careers and scholarships, coordination of grant applications, “ask the experts” services, sponsorship of Arbor Day activities, consolidation of the economic impact of specialty crops, and sponsoring the third Green Industry VA Garden Festival held September 20, 2008. An umbrella group, VGIC strives to be proactive in its support and promotion of positive Industry values. 
How can you participate?
Join VGIC as an association or individual or make a sponsorship contribution. Contact VGIC’s executive director, Jeff Miller, at 540-382-0943 or and list events on VGIC’s Calendar of Events.  Provide information for the consumer website,, or professional website,
Contact Mary Williams at to become a VGIC member. Participate in an organization committed to adhering to the highest level of environmental guidelines and horticultural practices.
Accept VGIC’s challenge -  GoGreen! Become a champion for the environment!


Garden Festival
    Become a  champion for the environment!
          September 20, 2008
             9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Science Museum
 of Virginia

in Richmond
Sponsored by –
     VA Green Industry Council

The 1st Virginia Garden Festival was September 16, 2006
Click here for scenes from the Festival on Saturday, September 16, 2006
                        at the Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA


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