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February 3, 2006

"Celebrating the American Garden: Spaces for Relaxing and Entertaining" focus of CW's 2006 Garden Symposium

Americans continue to push their living spaces into the outdoors for both relaxation and entertainment. The exploration of that process and how it affects the developing American garden will be discussed at the 60th annual Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium April 30-May 3 at the Bruton Heights School Lane Auditorium.

“Celebrating the American Garden: Spaces for Relaxing and Entertaining” will explore inviting plantings,water features, aromatic plants, low-maintenance container gardening and design ideas that will create an enjoyable garden for you and your friends.

Nationally known speakers include:

  • Pamela J. Harper-Harper’s life revolves around plants: reading, writing, lecturing, photographing and working in her two sandy acres in Tidewater Virginia. She has twice won awards from the Garden Writers Association of America and is a recipient of the Horticultural Writing Award of the American Horticultural Society.
  • Brent Heath-Heath is a third generation bulb grower and co-owner with his wife, Becky, of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, a wholesale/retail mail-order flower bulb catalogue and website business that provides numerous types of bulbs to many botanical gardens, cities, universities, garden centers and discriminating gardeners across the country.
  • Julie Moir Messervy-Messervy is an acclaimed landscape designer, author and lecturer with an inspired vision for creating outdoor sanctuaries that feed the spirit. Her innovative approach to composing gardens of beauty and meaning is furthering the evolution of landscape design and changing the way people think about their outdoor surroundings. She also is a regular contributor to Fine Gardening magazine with her column, “Inspired Design.”
  • Laura P. Reilly-Reilly, a native of Gate City, Va., serves as the floricultural manager for The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. She is responsible for creating and maintaining the beautiful color displays throughout the resort property.

    Join us in Williamsburg as these and other talented gardening experts team with Colonial Williamsburg landscape professionals to share practical information and inspire new adventures for gardeners.

    Optional programs and tours include Historic Foodways, Architecture, Landscape Design, Botanical Images and early morning walks. Participants will visit Colonial Williamsburg’s production nursery and may take advantage of optional workshops that focus on Container Gardening, Garden Centerpieces and Food for Entertaining. Bus trips to some of the best private gardens in Williamsburg, and Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, Va., also have been scheduled. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Garden Symposium registration can be done by mail, fax or online at and must be accompanied by a check for $325 per person or credit card information. The fee includes the opening reception Sunday, April 30, two morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, program presentations and a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket to exhibition sites, trade shops and gardens valid for the duration of the conference.

    “Fine Gardening” magazine and the American Horticultural Society are co-sponsors of the 60th Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium.

    For more information about the Garden Symposium, contact the conference registrar at (757) 220-7255 or toll-free at (800) 603-0948, online at, e-mail, fax (757) 565-8921 or write to: Continuing Education, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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