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February 10, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg’s 66th Annual Garden Symposium Features Expert Advice Creating Bountiful Flower and Vegetable Gardens

Whether you garden for flowers or food, there will be plenty of “food for thought” at Colonial Williamsburg’s 66th Garden Symposium, “Beautiful Gardens: Bountiful Options,” on April 15-16. Participants discover alternative plant choices and techniques that will help grow gardens that are both beautiful and productive.
Guest speakers and Colonial Williamsburg landscape staff will offer a bounty of tips and ideas to make the best use of time and space in the garden and include:

  • Rosalind Creasy, garden and food writer, photographer, landscape designer and author, discusses “Edible Landscaping: The New American Garden.”
  • Wesley Greene, gardener, Historic Trades, Colonial Williamsburg, and author, “Vegetable Gardening, The Colonial Williamsburg Way,” discusses “Gardening Under Cover.”
  • Lee Reich, author, lecturer and consultant, “Luscious Landscaping with Fruiting Trees, Shrubs and Vines.”
  • Ethne Clarke, editor-in-chief, Organic Gardening, “The Purest of Human Pleasures.”
  • Kerry Mendez, garden consultant, designer and writer, “EXTREMELY Low-maintenance, Bountiful Gardens.”
  • Don Haynie, garden lecturer, “Herbs in the Landscape.”

    Other concurrent sessions feature:

  • Stacey Hirvel, Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven, Mich., “Thinking Outside the Plot: Vegetables in Containers.”
  • Bill Krebs, Williamsburg, Va., “A Year in the Life of a Honeybee Colony.”
  • Rhys Lewis, executive chef, and Tenita Weygand, chef, Williamsburg Lodge, “History Never Tasted So Good,” an interactive culinary demonstration and tasting featuring foods and dishes introduced to the New World by the first American foodies.
  • Barbara Temple Lombardi, Colonial Williamsburg photographer, “Photography in the Garden.”
  • Maitreyi Roy, Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, “City Harvest: Philadelphia’s 21st Century Community Gardens and Urban Farms.”
  • Clark Taggart, Williamsburg Inn floral designer, “Seventy-five Years of Hospitality: The Beauty of Williamsburg Floral Style.”

    Garden Symposium attendees can choose from one of three optional programs:

  • Flowers and Forges. Colonial Williamsburg’s Ken Schwarz, master blacksmith, and Susan Dippre, landscape supervisor. Learn about the plants, design and maintenance of several intimate gardens, then visit Colonial Williamsburg’s reconstruction of Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury. Discover how this site evolved from a small, commercial blacksmithing operation into an extensive and diverse public manufactory.
  • Garden Archaeology. Colonial Williamsburg’s Meredith Poole, staff archaeologist, and Laura Viancour, manager, landscape services. This tour focuses on the documentary and archaeological evidence discovered at the St. George Tucker and Peyton Randolph properties.
  • Wildflower Walk. Colonial Williamsburg Historic Trades gardeners Wesley Greene and Don McKelvey. This early morning walk through the Bassett Hall woods explores a relatively young forest populated with both natural and exotic species and the roles they play in forest succession.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the American Horticultural Society (AHS) are co-sponsors of the 66th annual Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium.

    Registration is $135 per person for Sunday only and $110 per person for Sunday only for AHS members; $110 per person for Monday only and $100 per person for Monday only for AHS members; $225 per person for both days, and $200 for both days for AHS members. Nominal fees are charged for optional tours.

    Register for the conference online at or call 1-800-603-0948, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

    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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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