Spring may seem a long way off, but the annual spring Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium has sold out early the past four years, and is already 1/3 filled for 2018. The 14th symposium returns to the world-class Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vermont on Saturday, April 21. The day is packed with five inspirational lectures, gourmet food, the popular Gardeners Marketplace featuring a range of interesting vendors, many door prizes, handouts and a garden gift for everyone. There is also a pre-symposium, 3-hour gardening class on Friday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (photo of a succulent container designed by Kathy Tracey, one of the symposium speakers)

Saturday’s featured lectures are: Gardening in a Changing Climate; Top Flowers and Vegetables for Northern Gardens; Exciting New Perennials, Flowering Shrubs and Annuals; Succulent Love – The Amazing World of Succulents and How to Design with Them; and Herbs 101: Discover the Magic Behind Growing Great Herbs PLUS Unique Cooking Tips. Friday afternoon’s lectures are: Save the Pollinators: “Attractive” Landscapes for Pollinators and Homeowners! and NEW! An Inspirational Stroll Through Magnificent Public and Private Gardens – Fabulous Plants and Design Ideas. To learn more about the speakers, topics, agenda and registration fees (including discounts for Master Gardeners and groups) , and special $169 single or double room rates at the Resort, click here.