Good Bye, Gardeners

HVGA.LogoBlogAboutHudson Valley Garden Association will cease operating as a regional garden organization as of November 2015. Co-founder, Laura Wilson, is relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area and we will not continue in her absence.

Now onto the good news! Hudson Valley Garden Calendar will remain an online resource for finding and promoting local garden events. Thank you to HVGA active member and founder of New Windsor Garden Club, Michele Lawrensen, for volunteering to keep this site alive! Info for submitting your organization’s events can be found here.

We are happy to have increased free garden programming this past season as a result of fundraising efforts, your generous donations and the contributions of our supporting members. This year’s Bulb Donation Program was a huge success, and in spring of 2016 details will be announced about the HVGA Garden Grant program which will disperse the remainder of the organization’s funds to the garden community.

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HVGA.HVGAHat150Message from HVGA co-founder, Laura Wilson

In life we are lucky to find something that stirs our soul, challenges our mind or unleashes our creativity, and if you’re truly blessed you discover something that delivers all three. I found that something in the garden. Then I was lucky enough to make a wonderful, garden-crazy friend to share it with. Together, we dreamed that we could turn our love for gardening and the fun we had in sharing our special interest – the beauty! the wonder of mother nature! the challenge! – with even MORE people. We didn’t care about how much work it would be or not making any money. We just wanted to help people love gardening as much as we did, and hopefully share that joy with others.

It’s impossible for me to write about the conclusion of HVGA from an impersonal, business-like point of view. (I tried, really!) For the past four years we have had the pleasure of turning our love of gardening into a organization that celebrated local gardens and gardeners, created an energetic platform to program events and disperse information, and most importantly – meet and share with all of you. And so it has been a very personal experience, and, for me that was the best part.

There are many people to thank for their support of this organization over the past four years.

It has been an incredible learning and growing experience to traverse the unknown waters of non-profitdom (you knew we’d never done this before, right?) with one of my very best friends. HVGA’s steadfast co-founder, Rebecca Glembocki, never once told me my ideas were crazy, or that we should slow down, or to shut up because she was sick of talking about gardening and could we do something else for once, please?  Not a week goes by that I am not thankful for the opportunity to be part of such a healthy, productive, creative partnership.

HVGA.MembersOur active members Michele, Kae, Amy, Suzanne, Anita, Pat and Barbara joined us from the very beginning and their friendship, time, effort and belief in HVGA means the world to us.

My husband, Todd, has been rocking out behind the scenes since day one with the design of hvgardencalendar.com and hvga.org. Thank you for your hours of late night computing, support and encouragement. He pushed us to always think even bigger and said yes to everything we ever asked for.

Most importantly, to the people who let us know they enjoyed what HVGA was doing and that it meant something to them, and those we have had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with – thank you. There were so many more of you than we ever expected. You motivated us to continue and grow, and made it all the more enjoyable!

I hope Hudson Valley Garden Association has inspired you to continue exploring the resources available to Hudson Valley gardeners, and to grow as gardeners. We end our brief existence as an organization hoping that you have been, and will continue to be, excited to do more, see more, and learn more in the garden.

I will miss you – Garden On!

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HVGA.RGNaumkeag2015BMessage from HVGA co-founder, Rebecca Glembocki

Dear Laura, HVGA friends and gardeners,

To those of you who have helped HVGA with all of our projects, thank you so much. We couldn’t have done Garden Fair and classes and had so much fun on outings without all of you.  To all our dedicated members and acquaintances, thanks for sharing and coming to our events and supporting our mission.  I hope to see you all often!

It is with such sadness and also immense gratitude that I say good luck (not goodbye) to my truly wonderful friend Laura Wilson as she starts on a new journey in her life. She brought me along with her on this adventure to get outside my own garden and celebrate this beautiful Hudson Valley and its amazing garden spaces and gardeners. We have had so much fun over the years! Good luck in California, Laura, where we will now have a special long distance friendship with your new garden experiences to share.

“Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.” – Thomas Fuller

Always keep in touch,
Rebecca

HVGA.LWandRGRebecca and I doing what we love best…touring gorgeous gardens together!

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