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February 2, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg’s Wesley Greene Speaks at the Annual Maymont Flower and Garden Show about 18th-century Gardening Techniques

Colonial Williamsburg gardener Wesley Greene is a featured speaker at the Greater Richmond Home Show featuring the Annual Maymont Flower & Garden Show® at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St., at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

Greene’s topic will be “Gardening Under Cover.” He has rediscovered the art of producing vegetables year-round and will share the history associated with gardening “out of season” as he discusses the tools, devices and methods that gardeners can use today to extend the season of productivity in the vegetable garden.

He also discusses Colonial Williamsburg’s newest gardening book, “Vegetable Gardening, The Colonial Williamsburg Way,” which will be available Feb. 14. Co-published by Colonial Williamsburg and Rodale Inc., the book introduces today’s gardeners to the art of the well-ordered 18th-century kitchen garden.

The book, illustrated with images by Colonial Williamsburg photographer Barbara Lombardi, has received pre-publication praise from Greene’s fellow historic gardeners. J. Dean Norton, director of horticulture at Mount Vernon, said, “Greene’s historical guide to 18th-century vegetables and gardening practices showcases tried-and-true techniques that are remarkably relevant for today’s home vegetable growers — all thoroughly researched, beautifully illustrated and written to inform and entertain.” Peter Hatch, director of gardens and grounds at Monticello, called the book “a steaming hotbed of garden wisdom.”

Greene has spent 30 years researching the plants, architecture and culture methods used in 18th-century Virginia gardens. He studied botany and plant and soil science at the University of Maine. Originally hired by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to work at the Governor’s Palace, a 10-acre garden in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, Greene founded the Colonial Garden and Plant Nursery on Duke of Gloucester Street in 1996. At this experimental garden, he and another gardener, Don McKelvey, study and interpret 18th-century plants, tools and cultural techniques.

During Feb. 9-12, the Greater Richmond Home Show featuring the Annual Maymont Flower & Garden Show® becomes a learning center for visitors, and the added benefit of ‘two shows in one” makes it the most comprehensive overview of indoor/outdoor resources in Virginia.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors on Thursday and Friday only, $6 for youths ages 12-17 and free for children 11 and under. Discounted tickets are available online at

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 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

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