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January 22, 2008

"Celebrating the American Garden: Bringing People and Plants Together" focus of CW's 62nd annual Garden Symposium

Lynden B. Miller, director of The Conservatory Garden in New York’s Central Park, will be the keynote speaker at Colonial Williamsburg’s 62nd Annual Garden Symposium May 4 – 7 at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center. The theme is “Celebrating the American Garden: Bringing People and Plants Together.”

Miller will speak about garden design with an emphasis on plants that can be used to soften and civilize city life and change the way people interact with each other in her talk, “Making Magic in the City: Restoring New York City’s Parks and Gardens.”

Applying Miller’s philosophy on a smaller scale will be other internationally known speakers, including:

  • Adrian Bloom, horticulturist, author, garden designer and chairman of Blooms Nurseries Ltd. of Bressingham, England, “Creating Drama in the Year-round Garden”;
  • Sydney Eddison, author and lecturer, Newtown, Conn., “Exploring the Gardener’s Palette: Learning to Look”;
  • Robert E. Lyons, program director, Longwood Graduate Program and professor of landscape and horticulture, University of Delaware, Newark, Del., “Flooding the Senses with Water in the Garden”;
  • Claire Sawyers, director of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa., “The Authentic Garden”; and
  • Andre Viette, horticulturist, radio personality and owner of Viette’s Nursery, Fishersville, Va., “Garden Trends: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.”

    Additional speakers include: Ben Page, landscape architect, Page Duke Landscape architects, Nashville, Tenn., “A Landscape Vision for the 21st Century: Profiles in Design”; Pam Baggett, free-lance garden writer and photographer, Cedar Grove, N.C., “Some Like It Hot: Tantalizing Tropical Plants for Temperate Gardens”; and Peggy Krapf, owner, Heart’s Ease Landscape & Garden Design, Toano, Va., “Fundamentals of Landscape Design.”

    In afternoon gardening workshops, Colonial Williamsburg’s experts will share information on: “Personal Expressions: A Look at Our Diverse Floral Heritage,” Clark Taggart, floral designer, Williamsburg Inn; “Brothers of the Spade,” Wesley Greene, garden historian; “Garden Design for Small Spaces,” Gordon Chappell, director of landscape and facilities services; “Le Pot de Fleurs: Tabletop Gardens for Year-round Beauty,” Bob Scott, landscape director, and Mary Hunter Curry, nursery foreman; “Bringing the Outdoors In: Garden-Themed Entertaining,” WILLIAMSBURG® home stylist Cindy Cragg; “From Garden to Table,” Don McKelvey, garden historian, and Susan Holler, foodways specialist; and “Designing with Perennials,” Lawrence Griffith, curator of plants.

    Bus trips to historic Yorktown and private gardens also will be provided. A variety of walking tours and early bird programs also have been scheduled. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Fine Gardening magazine and the American Horticultural Society are co-sponsors of the 62nd Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium.

    Garden Symposium registration can be done by mail, fax or online at and must be accompanied by a check for $349. Registration is $324 for American Horticultural Society members. Preregistration and payment in full are required. Payment can be made in the form of check, or charged to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard. Registration includes the opening reception, three coffee breaks, one afternoon break, lunch on Wednesday, presentations and a Colonial Williamsburg admission pass valid for the duration of the conference.

    There are four easy ways to register for Garden Symposium:

  • Online:
  • Phone: 1-800-603-0948, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Fax: (757) 565-8921
  • Mail: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Conferences, Forums and Workshops, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, Va. 23187-1776.

    Special hotel rates are available at The Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg for Garden Symposium registrants. Hotel rates are for single or double occupancy, per night and do not include applicable taxes. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY.

    Distinctive dining options are offered throughout The Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg and in the Historic Area. From a classically elegant setting to a more casual atmosphere to signature tavern dining experiences, each of Colonial Williamsburg’s restaurants and taverns is within steps of the conference facilities. Dining reservations can be made by calling 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers a full menu of services. A team of world-renowned experts have collaborated to create a spa that exudes southern charm, harmonizes with its historical surroundings, reflects its colonial heritage, and honors traditions of health and wellness throughout American culture. To make your reservation call: 1-800-688-6479.

    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 tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. 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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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