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The 11th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium

April 4 & 5, 2014 at The Equinox Resort









This inspirational and exhilarating symposium will energize your approach to gardening.

The symposium will be at return to The Equinox Resort, a four-diamond resort in Manchester, VT.

  • It features SIX info-packed lectures led by nationally and regionally renowned professionals in their fields.
  • Also featured is a Garden Marketplace with plant vendors, artisans, gardening gifts and products.
  • Hundreds of gardener’s come from all over the Northeast for this premier event.

The 2014 symposium is sure to be another sellout. One and two night packages are available as well as day-only rates. The program opens with a 7:00 p.m. talk on Friday, continues on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  NEW for 2014 is a special Garden Design Workshop on Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  This workshop is in addition to the symposium.

Friday, April 4, 2014

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Garden Design Workshop with Kerry Ann Mendez

Kerry Ann Mendez is a garden designer, consultant and author from Ballston Spa, NY.  Learn easy to implement steps for creating ever-blooming, low-maintenance gardens.  Topics include site assessment (i.e., light, soil, backdrop, water); plant selection for continuous blooms spring through fall; design principles and techniques for beautiful, harmonious beds; arranging plants based on mature heights; creating focal points; special considerations for foundation plantings; incorporating bulbs & annuals; plus drafting a design to scale and building a plant list. Participants are invited to submit their questions to Kerry Ann prior to the class.  Workshop fee includes mid-afternoon refreshments.  Workshop fee $55 per person.  A $10 refund will be given to each workshop attendee that is also registered for the symposium.

Workshop registration is at the bottom of this page with the symposium registration options.

6:00 p.m. –  7:00 p.m.    Symposium Registration

6:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m.    Gardeners Marketplace Open


7:00 p.m.  50 Perennials I Could Not Live Without

Presenter:  David L. Culp; lecturer, VP of Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut, horticulturist, recipient of many distinguished horticultural wards, and author of The Layered Garden.

David is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage (listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens) in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. His articles have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Fine Gardening, Green Scene, and others. David is a former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society.  He is also an herbaceous perennials instructor at Longwood Gardens.

David developed the Brandywine Hybrid strain of hellebores, and was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on snowdrops. His garden has been featured several times in Martha Stewart Living and on HGTV. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Garden Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and has also been awarded the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Award of Merit. He currently serves on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal Plant Selection Committee. For more about David, please visit

Saturday, April 5, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Gardeners Marketplace open

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.    Symposium Registration

9:00 a.m. The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year Round Beauty.

Presenter: David L. Culp. David will show us how to recreate the majestic display of his beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden, Brandywine Cottage. It contains a basic lesson in layering—how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and tips on maintaining it. To illustrate how layering works, David will take you on a virtual tour through each part of his celebrated garden. The lecture culminates with his signature plants for all four seasons.


10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee break, Book signing, Gardeners Marketplace

10:30 a.m. A Back Yard Revolution.

Presenter: Thomas Christopher; writer, lecturer, owner of Greener Grasses/Sustainable Lawns, and author

Thomas Christopher is an author of eleven books including his most recent book, The New American Landscape (Timber Press 2011). Your lawn doesn’t have to be an eco-villain and the bane of your weekends! Horticulturist Tom Christopher will describe his work with alternative grasses and compatible perennials that provide all the benefits of a conventional lawn but which, once established, flourish with almost no inputs of water, fertilizers and pesticides – some need no more than 3 to 4 mowings a year. Learn how to assemble and install a seed mix adapted to your climate, soil and needs, one which produces a sustainable, biodiverse tapestry that offers benefits to wildlife as well as the eye, and is pet and child safe.

Tom has been covering sustainable gardening practices as a writer and editor for more than 25 years, with articles in nationally-read publications including The New York Times and Martha Stewart Living. He is also a hands-on gardener who has started his own sustainable lawn consulting business, Greener Grasses/Sustainable Lawns, near Middletown, CT. He is a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden’s school of professional horticulture. Christopher recently edited The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening, which contains his own chapter on water-wise gardening and is regarded by many as one of the best gardening books of 2011. Christopher’s goal has been to increase enjoyment of the home landscape while educating gardeners about the essential contribution they can make toward creating a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle and economy.

11:30 a.m. Celebrity Pots.

Lecture by Deborah Trickett; award-winning container garden designer, lecturer, horticulturist, and the owner of The Captured Garden from Milton, MA.

You may have heard of Art in Bloom, an event at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art, which challenges floral designers to portray a famous painting using fresh flowers. Imagine the same concept but using container gardens and celebrities. Can you picture what Brad Pitt would look like as a container garden? How about Lady Gaga? Grace Kelly? This lively presentation features a fun look at celebrities, past and present, reimagined in ways you might not expect. This lecture is not about dishing the dirt on celebrities. It’s about seeing what they look like when they end up in it! Deborah has worked in the gardening industry for over 30 years, starting with her first job in a greenhouse at age 13 until the present as the owner of The Captured Garden. She works with clients throughout New England who want their homes to be beautiful, not typical. Deborah is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist and Landscape Professional. She also teaches classes and workshops at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Garden Gate and New England Home magazines as well as on the TV show New England Dream Home. Deborah’s work can also be viewed on The Captured Garden website at

12:30 p.m. Luncheon Buffet. Gardeners Marketplace open

1:30 p.m. Fun with Color: Variegated Foliage in the Garden.

Presenter: Adam R. Wheeler; Propagation and Plant Development Manager at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT.

This lively talk explores the world of variegated foliage plants and their use in creative gardens. A collection of exceptional forms with be presented with an eye toward those most suited for the extremes of New England gardens. Pertinent cultural details, pest challenges and design considerations will be integrated throughout the program. Adam was born and raised in Morris, CT. His parents and both sets of grandparents were gardeners who grew mainly fruits and vegetables but also tended substantial ornamental gardens. He earned his bachelor’s degree in urban forestry and landscape horticulture at the University of Vermont in 2003, and returned to Connecticut to work in the nursery industry.

Adam is a plant fanatic. As propagation and plant development manager for Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT, he oversees all phases of woody plant production and is responsible for acquiring and developing new plants. He also is an adjunct lecturer at Naugatuck Valley Community College, teaching classes in plant propagation and woody plant identification. In his spare time he enjoys collecting rare and unusual plants, rock climbing and competitive giant pumpkin growing.

2:30 p.m. Afternoon dessert break.  Gardeners Marketplace open

3:00 p.m. Flashy New or Underused Perennials for 2014.

Presenter: Kerry Ann Mendez, garden designer, author and consultant from Ballston Spa, NY.

Big, bold, non-stop dazzle. My kind of perennials! Join me in celebrating an impressive collection of plants that will be all-star performers in your garden. Kerry is the owner of Perennially Yours, a garden design and consulting business. As a teacher and lecturer, she focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plant material and organic practices. She has been in national magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate, and Better Homes Gardens’ Garden SIP. Her books, The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists & Top Ten Lists for Beautiful Shade Gardens are top sellers for gardeners in Zones 3-7. Kerry is a self-taught gardener with over 25 years of experience and a ‘passionate perennialist’ that enjoys mixing humor with practical information. localhost/pyours

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Symposium Overnight Packages at the Equinox Resort:

Great Gardens Symposium One night Package (Friday, April 4)

SOLD OUT!  Recommendation:  Purchase a day only registration and then book a room at a hotel, motel or Bed and Breakfast in the Manchester area. The day only symposium rate INCLUDES the Friday evening lecture. 

  • $300.29 for a single
  • $430.09 for a double ($215.05 per person).

The package includes:

  • Friday night’s accommodations
  • full breakfast
  • lunch
  • refreshment break
  • Friday night’s lecture
  • five lectures on Saturday
  • symposium handouts
  • garden gift
  • door prizes
  • all taxes and gratuities

Great Gardens Symposium Two night Package (Friday,& Saturday, April 4-5)

  • $502.85 for a single
  • $664.70 for a double ($332.35 per person)

The package includes:

  • the above mentioned one night amenities
  • Saturday night accommodations
  • Sunday breakfast
  • all taxes & gratuities

To make reservations for packages, call The Equinox Resort at (877) 854-7625 Monday – Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST) and specify the Great Gardens package. You can also book online on their web site,

Day Only Symposium Registration Fees:

The day-only registration fee includes:

  • six dynamic garden lectures
  • Saturday morning coffee
  • mid-morning refreshments
  • lunch
  • handouts
  • garden gift
  • and door prizes

*Day only registrations must register through Perennially Yours.

  • $98 per person before March 30, 2014
  • $108 per person after March 30, 2014

*Special Group Rate:

$89 per person when 5 or more people who register on the same form before March 1.  *PAYMENT BY CHECK ONLY USING THE REGISTRATION FORM

Special Master Gardener’s Rate:

$89 per person before March 30, 2014.  *PAYMENT BY CHECK ONLY USING THE REGISTRATION FORM


QUESTIONS?  Please call Kerry at (207) 502-7228.

To pay by CHECK for the Garden Design Workshop OR the Day Only Symposium click on the red download button  – PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL $98 SYMPOSIUM DAY ONLY RATE IS GOOD THROUGH MARCH 30TH EVEN THOUGH THE PRINTED FORM SAYS MARCH 15!!!!!!!

To pay by credit card for the Garden Design Workshop OR for the $98 Day Only Symposium Registration, choose from the following:


Registration Choices