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Conferences, Forums, and Workshops


The office of Conferences, Forums and Workshops presents a broad range of high-quality programs that address issues of historical and contemporary significance as well as focusing on the decorative arts, material culture, historic trades and horticulture. Colonial Williamsburg's skilled professionals are joined by distinguished members of the academic and professional communities to present these programs.

Join us for the Garden Symposium, Working Wood, the Antiques Forum, and other programs for a rewarding learning experience.

Please bookmark this site and check back frequently for new offerings. Special conference rates are available for programs at Colonial Williamsburg's official hotels. To make lodging and dining reservations, call 1-800-261-9530 Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Program Information and Online Registration


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    April 10-12

    69th Garden Symposium
    Layers of the Living Landscape

    How many living layers are in your garden? During Colonial Williamsburg’s 69th Garden Symposium, Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, authors of The Living Landscape share their expertise on using plants to create and maintain a layered landscape. Planting in layers allows gardeners to take full advantage of their space and include a diversity of plants that provide beauty and benefit wildlife. The authors and other experts will suggest design strategies for effectively transitioning from one layer to the next and recommend plant selections that range from tall shade trees to mid-size shrubs to low-growing perennials and groundcovers. Maintenance tips for all plants will be shared in hopes that you will be encouraged to create a home landscape that is satisfying on many levels.

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  • September 18-20

    Declaring Independence: American Ceramics in the Making

    Soon after the establishment of Jamestown and other permanent settlements in North America, colonists began exploring the limits of local clay. Despite the restrictions imposed by England on manufacturing, potters and entrepreneurs set up shop early on and began producing utilitarian wares for local and eventually regional consumption. Settlers in New England, New York, Virginia, and beyond brought training and techniques with them establishing potteries that grew in size and scale as the centuries progressed. With particular emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, this conference will explore the vast array of ceramics made in America and will investigate the themes of influence, imitation, and innovation. Additional attention will be paid to the lasting impact of how these periods shaped the making of ceramics in America during the twentieth century and beyond. Join your ceramic-enthusiast friends and colleagues for three days filled with hands-on workshops; demonstrations by noted potters; and lectures by curators, scholars, and archaeologists.


  • January 17-20 and 21-24

    Working Wood in the 18th Century

  • February 19-23

    Antiques Forum

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Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776

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