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April 10, 2009

Enjoy dinner and lecture with former head gardener for the Prince of Wales May 1

David Howard, horticulture consultant, Gloucestershire, England, will discuss the trends in horticulture he has observed during his 30 years of gardening in his lecture, “My Gardening Life,” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1 at the Williamsburg Lodge and conference center.

“When David Howard spoke at our 2007 symposium, he charmed the audience with a fascinating presentation on Highgrove’s royal gardens, where he served as the head gardener to Prince Charles,” said Laura Viancour, garden programs coordinator. “The response to his lecture by our audience was very favorable, and we are delighted that he agreed to return and give two presentations this year.”

Cost for dinner and the lecture are $95.

Howard also will host one of three concurrent sessions, “What Happens Next? Managing Your Garden,” earlier in the day. A separate ticket is required to attend.

Howard’s career in horticulture has been diverse, having worked in commercial horticulture at Hillier Nurseries, collecting plants in the Himalayas and serving as the chief gardener for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The dinner and the lecture are part of the 63rd Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium.

For more information and reservations, call 1-800-603-0948, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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