Land Trust of Virginia Celebrates Annual Garden Party

The Land Trust of Virginia (LTV), which protects and preserves open land, held its 21st annual Garden Party this summer. Held at Hickory Tree Farm in The Plains, Virginia, the event was an occasion to celebrate the conservation of land and historic farms, and to honor those proactive in conservation efforts.

LTV Garden Party Committee

Madison’s Rebecca and Jim McDermott joined the festivities as sponsors and supporters of LTV, along with Madison’s Laura Sullivan. Rebecca is also a volunteer on the Garden Party Committee along with others dedicated to land conservation.

Sitting on more than 300 acres, Hickory Tree Farm offered the perfect venue for this event with panoramic views of the Bull Run Mountains to the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. Close to 400 guests enjoyed the natural beauty, and bid on a variety of silent auction items including “wet paint” canvases where artists created unique artworks from select locations on the farm during the party.

Madison’s Laura Sullivan & Rebecca McDermott with guests

Funds raised benefit LTV, which has protected close to 20,000 acres of land across 15 Virginia counties, through conservation easements. Founded in 1992, the Land Trust of Virginia is a nationally accredited private 501(c)(3) organization which help individuals, families and community organizations protect and preserve the commonwealth’s open space with voluntary conservation easements.

Hickory Tree Farm is a full-scale thoroughbred breeding, training and racing facility and is located in Fauquier County – prime horse country. Fauquier has the best conservation zoning in Virginia, and leads the state in both the total acreage and percentage of land protected by perpetual conservation easements.

“Voluntary conservation easements and local purchase of development rights programs represent permanent protection of the natural and cultural heritage attributes for which our part of Virginia has long been revered.  I salute all the organizations and individuals who continue to strive to protect and preserve our inspiring rural landscape,” said Bob Lee, guest and former Fauquier County administrator, and honorary executive director emeritus of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.

Land conservation benefits us all by protecting and improving water quality, safeguarding our biodiversity, preserving cultural and historic sites, and ensuring a supply of land for future farming and forestry.

If you are interested in learning more about conservation easements, please visit the Land Trust of Virginia at