January 10, 2011
Colonial Williamsburg’s 65th Annual Garden Symposium Gives “Timeless Ideas for Today’s Gardens” April 10-11
Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens have provided inspiration to generations of gardeners. During “Timeless Ideas for Today’s Gardens” at the 65th annual Garden Symposium, gardeners can glean ideas from the diversity of plants and functional designs that are part of the Historic Area’s charm. The symposium will take place at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum on April 10-11.
Speakers give practical tips on creating beautiful gardens that reduce maintenance yet benefit the environment and include:
Roxanne Nersesian Paul, senior coordinator, Community and Volunteer Outreach for the National Wildlife Federation in Reston, Va., discusses Gardening with Wildlife in Mind. Learn how to attract birds, butterflies and other backyard wildlife to your yard. Join the nearly 140,000 people across the country who have registered their yards as National Wildlife Federation® Certified Wildlife Habitat™ sites. Roxanne will show you how easy it is to transform your yard into a mini-sanctuary for wildlife.
Other concurrent sessions will feature Colonial Williamsburg staff, area experts and Garden Symposium speakers. Sessions include:
During “Behind the Scenes at the Production Nursery,” meet with Colonial Williamsburg costumed interpreters and gain insight into what they do. Participants include:
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the American Horticultural Society (AHS) are co-sponsors of the 65th annual Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium.
Registration is $100 per person for Sunday only and $85 per person for Sunday only for AHS members; $125 per person for Monday only and $110 per person for Monday only for AHS members; $200 per person for both days, and $175 for both days for AHS members. Nominal fees are charged for optional tours.
Preregistration and payment in full are required. Payment can be made in the form of check, or charged to American Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard. There are four easy ways to register for the Garden Symposium:
1. Online: www.history.org/conted
2. Phone: 1-800-603-0948, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (EST)
3. Fax: (757) 565-8921
4. Mail: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Conferences, Forums and Workshops, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776.
Special hotel rates are available at Colonial Williamsburg Hotels for Garden Symposium registrants. For room reservations call 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 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 and 20th 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 www.history.org.