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March 4, 2005

CW hosts 59th Garden Symposium "Inspiring Ideas for the Home Gardener" April 3-5

The modern gardener is faced with the daunting task of being gardener, plantsman, designer, ecologist, entomologist, hydrologist, bioengineer and horticultural sage. The challenges facing the home gardener today are both ancient and all too new.

The 59th Colonial Williamsburg Garden Syposium, “Inspiring Ideas for the Home Gardener,” April 3-5, 2005 at the Hennage Auditorium in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, will explore the multiple roles of the modern home gardener, primarily those of plantsman and designer. Expert horticulturists will cover basic garden design and recommend plants that will inspire attendees to create a new path, try alternate plants or simply improve their soil. Lectures will discuss perennials, conifers, seasonal shrubs and trees for the home garden. Topics also will focus on selecting healthy plants, plant maintenance and garden design details.

Featured presenters include nationally recognized garden designer and Fine Gardening magazine contributing editor Gordon Hayward; renowned horticulturist, author and host of the national call-in radio program “In the Garden,” Andre Viette; and garden writer and Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens Continuing Education instructor Dr. Richard L. Bitner.

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

Garden Symposium registration can be done by mail, fax or online at and must be accompanied by a check for $245 per person or credit card information. The fee includes the opening reception Sunday, April 3, two morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, program presentations and a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket to exhibition sites, trade shops, museums and gardens valid for the duration of the conference.

For a conference brochure or additional registration information, contact the conference registrar by phone at (757) 220-7255 or (800) 603-0948, by email at or fax (757) 565-8921. “Fine Gardening” magazine and the American Horticultural Society are co-sponsors of the 59th Williamsburg Garden Symposium.

Media Contact:
Lorraine C. Brooks
(757) 220-7280