The 12th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium
April 16, 2016 at The Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vermont

Sponsored by

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This inspirational and exhilarating symposium will enlighten and energize your approach to gardening!

600Front_MainBuilding_Woodstock_InnThe premier symposium takes place on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the magnificent,
world-class Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vermont. The program features:

  • Five info-packed lectures led by nationally and regionally renowned professionals in their fields
  • A Gardeners Marketplace with plant vendors, artisans, gardening gifts and products
  • An exquisite setting – The Inn is cherished for its preservation of New England history, heritage, and elegance as well as farm-fresh food and an emphasis on conservation
  • Terrific handouts, door prizes and garden gifts
  • Special overnight room rates for symposium attendees at The Woodstock Inn and Resort
  • An opportunity to connect with hundreds of gardeners from around the Northeast

The 2016 symposium is sure to be another sellout. In addition to the full day of programming on Saturday, there is a special  Garden Design and Care class on Friday, April 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  This workshop in NOT part of the symposium programming, it is as additional option.

Friday, April 15, 2016

300kerrys_new_hampshire1:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Garden Design and Care Class with Kerry Ann Mendez. Kerry Ann Mendez is an award-winning speaker, writer and garden designer in Kennebunk, Maine.  Learn easy to implement steps for creating ever-blooming, low-maintenance gardens.  Topics include site assessment; 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; plus drafting a design to scale and building a plant list.  The second part of the session focuses on seasonal care for teh garden, employing organic practices and time-saving shortcuts   Participants are invited to submit their questions to Kerry Ann prior to the class.  Workshop fee includes mid-afternoon refreshments.  Three-hour class fee $49 per person, includes a delicious refreshment break and lots of handouts. Workshop fee is additional to the symposium fee. Workshop registration is at the bottom of this page with the symposium registration options.

Saturday, April 16  12th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium

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

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.    Symposium Registration

Joseph_Tychonievich_Photo8:30 a.m. The New Rock Garden: How to Grow Alpine Gems that Thrive in Small Spaces. Rock gardening, growing small, gorgeous, drought tolerant plants that can create lovely gardens in limited space, is the new rising trend in gardening. Learn the basics of creating a rock garden and a few of the many exquisite jewel-like plants to grow in one.  Presenter:Joseph Tychonievich is an independent plant breeder, popular guest speaker on public radio’s food show The Splendid Table, prior nursery manager at the famed rare plants nursery Arrowhead Alpines, author of Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener (Timber Press, 2013) plus an upcoming book on rock gardening (Timber Press), and was named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of “…six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens”.  To learn more about Joseph, visit

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee break, book signing, Gardeners Marketplace

Kim_Eierman10:15 a.m. EcoBeneficial Gardening 101: Boosting the Ecosystem in Your Own Yard.
Discover how the design choices you make, the plants you select, and the maintenance practices you use can make a huge difference in creating a beautiful, healthy ecosystem, filled with life. Presenter: Kim Eierman is the founder of EcoBeneficial!, a horticulture consulting and communications company dedicated to improving our environment by promoting ecological landscaping and the use of native plants, a certified horticulturist with the American Society for Horticultural Science, has a certificate in Horticulture from the New York Botanical Garden, is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Rutgers Home Gardeners School.  She is also an accredited Organic Landcare Professional and a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center.  To learn more about Kim and her work, visit

600Ben_Pauly11:30 a.m. Gardening with Intensity – Habits of the Highly Effective Kitchen Garden.
Using the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s 2-acre, hand cultivated market garden as a model, explore techniques applicable to any home scale garden that will help create a bounty of healthy harvests for your kitchen. Learn how to use elements of permaculture and nutrient density to make your culinary gardening a success. Featured elements include no-till, permanent beds, mulching, feeding the soil, ‘real’ companion planting, crop intensity and garden layout.  Presenter:  Benjamin Pauly is  Master Gardener at The Woodstock Inn and Resort. Ben designed, created and maintains a 2.5 acre market garden to provide the Resort with certified organic flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruit. While volunteering for the U.S. Peace Corps in Togo, Africa he developed and supervised the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices and natural resource management.  Ben earned his Masters in Architecture from the University of Minnesota with an undergraduate degree in Architecture and an Environmental Design minor. He is the ongoing project manager for a single-family home and landscape he custom designed in Woodstock.

12:30 p.m. Box Lunch. Gardeners Marketplace open

1:30 p.m. Great, Unusual Perennials You Don’t Already Know.  Meet a cast of terrific, growable perennials that are off the beaten track but will be a vigorous and worthy addition to your garden, and get a teaser look into the future with a look at trends in breeding and what will be coming to a garden center near you in the coming years.  Presenter: Presenter:Joseph Tychonievich

2:30 p.m. – 3;00 p.m. Afternoon break.  Gardeners Marketplace open

Kerry Ann Mendez3:00 p.m. Remarkable Flowering Shrubs for Three Seasons of Interest. Discover NEW eye-popping beauties as well as other magnificent shrubs that add stunning color to the landscape while reducing maintenance time. These knockouts are sure to steal the show!  Presenter: Kerry Ann Mendez, award-winning speaker, writer and garden designer from Kennebunk, Maine.  Kerry is the owner of Perennially Yours, a garden lecturing, design and consulting business. She  focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plant material and organic practices. Kerry has been in national magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate, and Better Homes and Gardens.  In 2014 she was awarded the Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. She is the author of three gardening books of which her most recent top seller is The Right-Size Flower Garden (St. Lynn’s Press, 2015).  For more about Kerry and her work, visit

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Special Overnight Room Rates for Registered symposium attendees at The Woodstock Inn and Resort

600Woodstock_Inn_Conservatory$159 per night, single or double (usually $300+). Price includes resort fee that includes admission to Billings Farm & Museum, afternoon tea and cookies, use of the Racquet & Fitness Club, use of the Mt Peg Hiking Trail Preservation, touring bikes and more! To make reservations, please call (866) 592-9611 and request the special great gardens symposium rate.

Symposium Registration:

The registration fee includes:

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

*Individuals:  $98 per person

*Special Group Rate:  $89 per person when 5 or more people register on the same form before April 1, 2016.  *PAYMENT BY CHECK ONLY USING THE REGISTRATION FORM

*Special Master Gardener’s Rate:  $89 per person before April 1, 2016.  *PAYMENT BY CHECK ONLY USING THE REGISTRATION FORM

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

To pay by CHECK for the Garden Design Workshop AND/OR the Symposium new Registration form Symposium 2016

To pay by CREDIT CARD for the Garden Design Workshop AND/OR Symposium choose from the following:

Symposium Registration. $98 per person

Garden Design and Care Class on Friday, April 15.  $49 per person