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Virginia Master Gardener Meeting

VMGA Board Meeting , Lynchburg

The Hill City Master Gardener Association is pleased to host the upcoming April VMGA Board meeting in Lynchburg.  We have many points of interest: Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the Anne Spencer House and Garden, Point of Honor, Historic Downtown, Community Market and the Old City Cemetery and Pest House.  You are sure to find something to capture your interests.

Date: April 8, 2017

Time:  10:00

Location:  First Presbyterian Church, 1215 Virginia Episcopal School Road, Lynchburg, 24503.  Parking will be behind the church and you enter at the door on the level of the parking lot for the Fellowship Hall.

Special Attraction:  Hill City Community Gardens at HumanKind, formerly the Presbyterian Home and Family Services, 150 Linden Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503.

Even though HumanKind’s address is Linden Ave, it is easiest to turn left on VES Road when leaving the church and stay on VES Road until the Sign for HumanKind (on the left).  You will pass the parking lots for Westminister Canterbury on the right and then you should see RED Barns on the hill.  The barns are where the HCMGA Gardens are located.

Hospitality:  We will host a Continental Breakfast beginning at 9:30 am.

Lunch will consist of a Boxed Lunch that includes a choice of sandwiches, fruit cup, chips, brownie or cookie, water or assorted soda.  Cost is $10.50, checks payable to HCMGA. 

Reservations with choice of sandwich should be sent to Deb Straw, 249 Snapps Mill Road, Spout Spring, VA 24593 by April 1st.

For more information contact Deb Straw at 434-352-5024, or

Contact on day of meeting, Diane Childress at 434-316-4923 or Deb Straw 434-841-6687

Overnight lodging:

-       Kirkley Hotel & Conference Center; 2900 Candler’s Mountain Road, 866-510-6333

-       Craddock Terry Hotel; 1312 Commerce Street; 434-455-1500

-       Holicay Inn; 601 Main Street; 800-315-2612

-       Hilton Garden Inn; 4025 Wards Road; 434-239-3006

-       Hampton Inn; 5604 Seminole Ave.; 4340237-2704

-       Courtyard Marriott; 4640 Murray Place; 434-846-7900

-       Wingate by Wyndham; 434-845-1700

-       LaQuinta Inn and Suites; 3320 Candler’s Mountain Road; 434-847-8655

Lunch Order Form – April 8th VMGA Meeting

Your Name  ___________________________

Phone Number:  _______________________

Email:  _______________________________

Boxed Lunch will consist of:

         Club on Pretzel Roll

         Roast Beef and Cheddar with Creamy Horseradish

         Corned Beef with Swiss on Rye

         Ham and Swiss Wrap

         Veggie Hummus Wrap

         Chicken Salad on Multi Grain

         California Veggie Wrap with Ranch

Please circle your choice of sandwich.

Cost $10.50 includes fruit cup, chips, cookie or brownie, water or assorted soda

Make check payable to HCMGA

Send order form and check to Deb Straw, 249 Snapps Mill Road, Spout Spring, VA 24593 by April 1st.


Upcoming Meetings

VMGA’s Board of Directors, along with other committee chairs, the Unit Reps and interested members, plan to meet six times a year. Meetings are scheduled for the second Saturday of the even-numbered months, with the June meeting held in conjunction with Master Gardener College. For a list of upcoming meetings, see below. Directions and other local arrangements for the next regularly scheduled meeting are available two to four weeks in advance of the meeting. Click here to see what was posted for the last meeting, and if available, for the next meeting.

Units volunteer to host the bi-monthly meetings for which VMGA is most appreciative.  If your unit would like to host a meeting, please read, “Hosting a VMGA Meeting (What a Unit Should Know).”

If your unit would like to host a meeting, contact VMGA’s President.

What do we do at our meetings?

Usually, on the days of our meetings, MGs from around the state show up at the meeting site more than 1/2 hour before the business meeting begins to share gardening stories and catch up over coffee and treats provided by the MGs hosting the meeting.  Our business meeting begins promptly at 10:00 with introductions.  The minutes of the last meeting are approved, the Treasurer tells us how we are doing financially, and the President makes a report. Each of the Committee Chairs gives a brief report on the status of their committee and any special projects. The Extension Liaison, usually the State Master Gardener Coordinator Dave Close or Assistant Coordinator John Freeborn, brings us news from their Office and VCE.

To meet VMGA’s purpose of networking, Unit Reps are asked to give a report of their Unit's achievements, changes in leadership, and upcoming events or challenges they have met.  Sometimes, a discussion topic is proposed in advance of the meeting. Topics such as local fundraising efforts, training class recruitment and 501(c)(3) status represent issues common to many units.

Next is consideration of unfinished business and any new business and announcements.  At this point we usually adjourn the formal part of our meeting, and further networking or committee work takes place. Sometimes, the local unit arranges a tour for the attendees – a special treat for special folks!

Every member is invited to attend. Come along with your Unit Rep! Non-member Master Gardeners are especially invited to see what your state association does. We'd love to have you visit!