Each month we will spotlight a volunteer, staff member, donor or sponsor of Virginia Robinson Gardens (VRG)—those that have made an impact on the organization. We want to let you, the reader, know a little bit about these wonderful people and corporations that give so much to the Virginia Robinson Gardens and community, and what they do that is so impactful.
This month, we spotlight Linda Meadows, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens and Board Member. This year, Linda was one of three recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award, given by the Friends of Robinson Gardens. We asked her these three questions:
1. How did you first learn about VRG and what inspired you to become a Friend?
I first came on a tour with my father back in the 1980’s. Ivo Hadjiev, Virginia’s major domo gave us the tour. We were both impressed with Ivo and the beauty of the gardens. A friend of my parents who knew Virginia thought that I would love the Friends. Later, when I had the time to become involved, Karen Ballenger and Marcella Ruble sponsored me in 2006.
I feel very fortunate to have had such extraordinary sponsors. Marcella was chair of the Education Program, and she was so passionate about Virginia Robinson Gardens that her enthusiasm was very inspiring. Karen, a long-time member, was very involved with Children’s Outreach and became a Friend at the time when Superintendent Timothy Lindsay was hired. She thought I would love the group, and by volunteering, make wonderful friendships – all of which came true!
2. What’s your role – How do you contribute to VRG?
With the very talented and wonderful Diane Jenkins, I help with the newsletter and monthly Happenings e-newsletter. I write articles on our amazing events, and take pictures as well. If someone wasn’t able to come to the event, they now have a way of experiencing it.
Since the lectures are of such high quality, it is always a pleasure to cover them. Besides the amazing speakers, the tables are decorated with such flair, the food is so delicious, and the Virginia Robinson Estate is so beautiful, one really feels how exceptional the total experience is. Writing about the Fellows events is equally inspiring, as the incredible Jeanne Anderson organizes the most unique and special outings.
I also write the scripts for the van hostesses on the Garden Tour about the private gardens to inform the guests about these gorgeous estates and their history.
3. Can you share a favorite VRG memory with us?
I have many wonderful memories. I have been coming to the annual Garden Tours since 1991, and they have been so unbelievably beautiful, from the spectacular gardens, that are like a paradise, to Mrs. Robinson’s house, decorated by florists and designers with such enchanting visual splendor, that one can’t wait to enter the home.
I feel so lucky to be working with such fantastic, lovely, talented, capable and dynamic people. They are all special and have so enriched my life, and others in the community – children and adults alike, through their passionate work.