2017 VMGA Education Symposium

Virginia Master Gardener Association 2017 Educational Event

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August 27, 2017


Museum of the Shenandoah Valley                                             The State Arboretum

901 Amherst St                                          and                           400 Blandy Farm Lane

Winchester, VA                                                               Boyce, VA 22620

Check-In: 8:30am                                                        Program: 9:00am - 4:00pm

The day will begin with an overview about the history of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV).  Then we will split into two groups.  One group will hear a presentation titled “Overview of Forests of Virginia” given by Dr. John Seiler, and the other group will be given a tour of the lovely gardens at the MSV by Perry Mathewes.  The groups will then flip flop.  At the completion of both one hour tours, it will be noon, and you are on your own for lunch (page four has several options for you to consider.)  The approximate two-hour lunch break includes 30 minutes travel time between our morning and afternoon sites.  We will begin reconvening at the State Arboretum at 1:45pm, and begin our afternoon session promptly at 2:00pm.  Here we will be divided into three groups.  Two of the groups will receive a tour of the grounds with Arboretum employees, and the last group will have a tree ID session with Dr. Seiler.  Note – there is no flip-flopping for the two hour afternoon session.  When registering, please indicate your preference of a tour of the grounds, or the tree ID session.  Those who register earliest will be able to have the tree ID session.  Your day will end when the session you are on is finished.  You are welcome to stay and enjoy the arboretum / gardens until they close at 5:00.

Registration Deadline is August 11, 2017

To register, remove and complete this portion of the form, and send it with a check to address below - or turn in to VMGA Education committee at MG college.


REGISTRATION – VMGA 2017 Educational Event – August 27, 2017

Name: ____________________________ Home Phone ____________ Cell Phone ___________

Address: __________________________ City/State/Zip: ________________________________

City/year certified as a MG __________________________/______

VMGA Member      Yes $20.00      No $25.00  Email address for confirmation: ________________

Afternoon session:  My preference is for:        a tour of the grounds       a tree ID session

Make checks payable to: VMGA Educational Event

Mail to: Wanda Gerard, 4172 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434

Additional information:

Limit:                           50 attendees.

Parking:                  Might be on a flat grass field in the afternoon.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Contact:                  That day for problems:  Erica Jones 540-922-5931 or Wanda Gerard 443-742-2593

Weather:         Almost everything will be held OUTSIDE.  Recommend you bring your rain gear just in case the weather is iffy.

Authorized Hours:       Five hours education, 2.5 or more volunteer time, plus your travel time

Cost:         $20.00 (no refunds) if received before August 11.  We recommend that if you cannot attend, that you find someone to take your space.

Travel hints:         The entrance to the Arboretum is off Route 50.  The grounds are contiguous with Route 628 but we recommend using the Route 50 entrance turning onto Blandy Farm Lane.  The address you see on the flyer is their mailing address.

Questions:         Please send Erica Jones (emjones@vt.edu) or Wanda Gerard (vagardengurl@aol.com) an email with any questions.

Agenda (tentative):

8:30am                  Check in (at MSV)

9:00am                  Overview of the history of the MSV

10:00am         Then we will split into two groups

Group One will have a presentation by Dr. John Seiler on “Overview of Forests of  VA”  Group Two will get a guided tour of MSV gardens by Perry Mathewes.

After these one-hour tours are ended, the two groups will swap.

12:00pm         Lunch (on your own - includes approximately 30 minutes travel time between sites).  There are about six picnic tables at MSV and a six table picnic area (Petewood) and 10 scattered tables at the Arboretum.

1:45pm                  Reconvene at the State Arboretum

2:00pm         We will split into three groups at the arboretum - two groups will tour the grounds with arboretum employees, and one group will have a tree ID session with Dr. Seiler.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (and store) is open from 10:00am – 5:00pm at from Tuesday- Sunday.  The art exhibit that will be running in August is “Art and the Animal”.  Admission is $10.00 adults and $8.00 for anyone over 65.  For more information, visit their website:  https://www.themsv.org/

The University of Virginia Blandy Experimental Farm is open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.  One of the many interesting attractions at Blandy is the Orland E. White State Arboretum.  For more information about this horticultural gem, visit their website:  http://blandy.virginia.edu/arboretum.  The $3.00 fee is included with the day’s event charge.

The Winchester area has many things to offer anyone wanting to escape for a weekend.  For starters, it is Apple Country, and especially during the fall months.  Early American history happened here.  Vineyards are plentiful.  And there are numerous nature and environmental parks/things to visit.  Why not make a trip here to visit the area in conjunction with this educational opportunity?  To help you, some popular ‘things to do’ are listed below.  Please visit:  VisitWinchesterVa.com for additional information.

Cedar Creek Battlefield

8437 Valley Pike, Middletown, VA 22645

Civil War Orientation Center

1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, VA 22601

Kernstown Battlefield

610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601

Rose Hill

1871 Jones Road, Winchester

This is a one mile interpretive Civil War Trail about the 1862 - First Battle of Kernstown.

Patsy Cline Historic House

608 S. Kent Street, Winchester, VA

White House (Apples) Country Store

204 S. Loudoun Street, Winchester

Route 11 Potato Chips

11 Edwards Way, Mount Jackson, VA  22842


Thumper’s Daylily Farm

2691 Back Mountain Road, Winchester, VA 22602

Old Town Winchester Splash Pad

Loudon Street, Winchester, VA 22601

Dinosaur Land

3848 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, White Post, VA 22663

Wilson’s Wild Animal Park (25 acre park)

985 W Parkins Mill Rd, Winchester, VA 22602

Visit winchesterhistory.org for more information about historical museums, homes, plantations, battlefields, etc.

Visit virginiawine.org for more information about the many vineyards you can visit.

The Belle Grove Wine Festival is held each year on the fourth Saturday in August.  Bellegrove.org

Several self-guided mobile tours can help you discover the area:

         Discover Winchester – Frederick County

         Walking Washington’s Winchester

         Follow the Apple Tail

Battle for Winchester

         Crazy for Patsy Cline

         The Wilderness Road

         Family Friendly Fun

Winchester area Hotel Options

Fairfield Inn & Suites Winchester (Marriott)

250 Front Royal Pike

Winchester, VA 22602

Ph:  540-665-8881

Reservations:  800-228-2800


Red Roof Inn

991 Millwood Pike

Winchester, VA 22602

Ph:  540-667-5000/800-733-7663


Holiday Inn Express Winchester South – Stephens City

165 Town Run Lane

Stephens City, VA 22655

Ph:  540-869-0909

Reservations:  540-869-0909


Motel 6

2951 Valley Ave

Winchester, VA 22601

Ph:  540-667-1200


Comfort Inn Winchester (Choice)

1601 Martinsburg Pike

Winchester, VA 22603

Ph:  540-667-8894


Hampton Inn Winchester (Hilton family)

1204 Berryville Ave

Winchester, VA 22601

Ph:  540-678-4000


Hilton Garden Inn Winchester

120 Wingate Drive

Winchester, VA 22601

Ph:  540-722-8881

Reservations:  877-STAY-HGI


Towne Place Suites (Marriott)

170 Getty Lane

Winchester, VA 22602

Ph:  540-722-2722

Reservations:  800-228-9290


The George Washington (Wyndham Grand Hotel)

103 East Piccadilly Street

Winchester, VA 22601

Ph:  540-678-4700

Reservations:  540-678-4700


Lunch/Dinner Possibilities

Camino Real (Mexican food)

928 Berryville Ave,

Winchester, VA


Papermill Place

2214 Papermill Road,

Winchester, VA


Pot-O-Pho Vietnamese Restaurant

2254 Valley Avenue,

Winchester, VA


George’s Food and Spirits

103 E Piccadilly St

Winchester, VA


Anthony’s Pizza I

2204 Valley Ave,

Winchester, VA


Umberto’s Pizza & Pasta

170-4 Delco Plaza,

Winchester, VA


Brewbaker’s Restaurant

168 N Loudon Street

Winchester, VA


Espresso Bar and Café

165 N Loudon Street

Winchester, VA


Bonnie Blue Southern Market/Bakery

334 West Boscawen St

Winchester, VA


Jimmy Johns, The Green Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, Subway and numerous other chain restaurants and eateries are in the area.