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April 5, 2002

56th Garden Symposium uncovers the chemistry between gardeners, gardens

There is a special chemistry at work between gardeners and their gardens. Creating a garden is a personal experience that relaxes, challenges and rewards. Join the Williamsburg Institute at Colonial Williamsburg, April 21-23, 2002, for the 56th Annual Garden Symposium to discover how successful gardeners’ gardens grow. Symposium speakers will share what they have learned in creating their own gardens that range from an “urban oasis” to carefully crafted, thematic gardens.

The keynote speaker for the two-day symposium is Jim Wilson of the “Victory Garden” and HGTV’s “Great Gardeners.” Wilson has spent more than 50 years as a “garden communicator” and will share his best gardening stories in “A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Garden.” Other guest speakers include Holly Shimizu, executive director of the newly renovated U.S. Botanical Garden; Lee Reich, author of “Weedless Gardening”; Sydney Eddison, contributing writer to Fine Gardening magazine; C. Colston Burrell, garden designer, author, photographer, naturalist and teacher; Don Haynie, garden and floral designer, and herb expert; and Hardie Newton, floral designer and author.

Williamsburg master gardener Greg Allen will share stories about the collaborative efforts that maintain the 18th-century kitchen garden at the George Reid House in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Colonial Williamsburg’s gardeners will welcome participants to their many different gardens in historical and contemporary settings.

Participants are encouraged to bring their stories and questions and join the Williamsburg Institute for a spring gardening adventure.

In addition, the Garden Club of Virginia’s 69th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia is April 20-27. The Williamsburg Garden Club’s Garden Day is Tuesday, April 23. Garden Day features open houses, including several private homes located in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, and garden tours. Garden Day tickets will be available at Colonial Williamsburg’s ticketing locations.

Garden symposium registration by mail, fax or online at must be accompanied by a check for $185 per person or credit card information. Employees receive a 50 percent discount. The fee includes dessert and coffee Sunday evening, April 21, three coffee breaks and lectures. This year Fine Gardening magazine joins the American Horticultural Society as co-sponsor of the 56th Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium.

For additional details and a registration brochure, call (757) 565-8630 or email

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Lorraine C. Brooks
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