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April 18, 2016

70th Annual Garden Symposium Explores “Gardens We Call Home: Insights from the Trailblazers and Trendsetters”

Colonial Williamsburg will host its 70th garden symposium April 24-26 with presenters who include long-standing garden friends and tomorrow’s trendsetters. For its 70th anniversary, Garden Symposium is partnering with the Garden Club of Virginia and the American Horticultural Society to offer an extraordinary garden experience.

Special focus will be given to art in the garden, which complements the theme of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. Lecturers will discuss planting for architectural interest, plants with style, perennials, foliage plants and foodscaping.

Guest presenters include Joe Lamp’l, the trailblazing host of the popular television garden program “Growing a Greener World,” nationally recognized author and lecturer Kerry Mendez, and the trendsetting horticulturists Brie Arthur and Kelly Norris. They, along with Colonial Williamsburg landscape professionals and other garden experts, will share practical information for transforming the home garden into a personal oasis.

Registrants will have the opportunity to tour Colonial Williamsburg gardens and the gardens on the Historic Garden Week tour. One-day or deluxe three-day tickets are available.

Attendees must be preregistered for the symposium. A deluxe ticket is $350 ($325 for American Horticulture Society members) and includes all Sunday and Monday presentations, the Sunday evening reception at Shields Tavern Arbor, Monday evening lecture and reception, Tuesday morning continental breakfast with the gardeners, a ticket to Garden Day in Williamsburg and a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket valid through May 1. Single-day tickets and guest event tickets are also available. Registration is available at or by calling 800-603-0948 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Complete program details and conference brochure, directions, program locations, conference hotel rates and dining and spa options are also available online.

Media Contact:
Joe Straw
757-220- 7287