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The 13th Annual Great Gardens & Landscaping Symposium

April 22, 2017

The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont

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Saturday Symposium is sold out! Accepting names for Wait List.
Friday class is still open!

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

600Front_MainBuilding_Woodstock_InnThe premier symposium takes place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the magnificent,
world-class Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vermont. The Inn recently underwent $2.7 million in upgrades to their luxury resort.  The symposium features:

  • Five info-packed lectures led by nationally and regionally renowned professionals in their fields
  • A Friday Welcome Reception from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • 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 2017 symposium is sure to be another sellout. The 2016 symposium sold out three months before it kicked off!  In addition to the full day of programming on Saturday, there is a special 'Double-Header' Flower Gardening Class on Friday, April 21 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  This session in NOT part of the symposium programming, it is as additional option.

Friday, April 21, 2016


1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  'Double-Header' Flowering Gardening Classes.  Presenter: Kerry Ann Mendez ,an award-winning speaker, writer and garden designer in Kennebunk, Maine.  These lively and info-packed sessions features two of Kerry Ann's popular gardening lectures.
*Reach for the Sky! Captivating Climbing Vines. Creating a three-dimensional garden elevates beauty in any landscape, small or large. Discover gorgeous flowering vines - annual, woody and perennial - that carry the eye skyward. Learn the different ways that vines climb as well as the best supports to use. Inspiring design ideas will include screening eyesores, enhancing privacy and creating shade.

*A Designer’s Trade Secrets for Selecting the BEST Perennials at the BEST price! Discover how to zero-in-on the best perennials at garden centers, the savvy way to use mail-order catalogs and ways to save money on purchases. Presentation includes a bonus handout featuring dozens of tips for jump-starting gardens in spring.

The three-hour class fee is $55 per person and includes a delicious refreshment break, Gardener's Marketplace, and lots of handouts and garden catalogs. Group rate: $50 per person for 5 or more registered together$50 for Master Gardeners.  Class fee is additional to the symposium fee. Class registration is at the bottom of this page along with the symposium registration options.

5:00 - 6:00 p.mWelcome Reception at the Woodstock Inn.  Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.  Cash bar.

Saturday, April 22  13th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Gardeners Marketplace open. Check out all of the vendors

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

brie-w-tomato-juice8:30 a.m. Foodscaping. Presenter:  Brienne Gluvna Arthur.  Foodscaping is a sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and utility. Working with public school systems and suburban developments, Brie is changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized.  She encourages gardeners to "think outside the box", teaching them to include edibles in traditional ornamental landscapes to increase bio-diversity and add purpose to everyday spaces. The best edible and ornamental plants are featured to inspire attendees to create purposeful landscapes that engage people of all ages.  Brie is leading the national suburban Foodscape movement; a model of community development that incorporates sustainable, local food production. She is a correspondent on the PBS television show Growing A Greener World and collaborates with professionals across the US to build Foodscapes in elementary schools through the non- profit, Sustainable Heroes. Brie shares practical advice from her one acre suburban foodscape in North Carolina. Her first book on Foodscaping (St Lynn’s Press) is scheduled for release in Spring 2017. Learn more about Brie at

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee break, book signing, Gardeners Marketplace. Check out the amazing vendors by clicking here.

Laura_Palmer_and_Dog10:15 a.m. Design Ideas and Creative Solutions Garnered from Magnificent Private and Public Gardens.  Presenter: Laura Mumaw Palmer.  Get ready to be mesmerized and inspired by a ‘virtual’ tour of spectacular private and public gardens in the Northeast. All of these masterpieces have been featured on an Open Days program hosted by The Garden Conservancy. The striking compositions are guaranteed to provide a wealth of ideas for gardens small or large; urban or rural; sun or shade. Every garden has a take-away that can be applied to enrich your own personal space. Laura Mumaw Palmer is the Vice President of Open Days at The Garden Conservancy. Laura travels much of the year visiting with garden hosts and volunteers— picking up design and gardening ideas along the way. Her photographs from these visits are filled with beautiful gardens, the people who create and visit them, and lots of plants and dogs she’s fallen in love with! Before joining the Garden Conservancy, Laura worked for several nonprofits around the country including the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and The Event Company in Boulder, Colorado whose clients included the Jane Goodall Institute. In her spare time, Laura is an enthusiastic gardener, a volunteer EMT, and serves on the board of the local SPCA. To learn more about Open Days and upcoming featured sites, click here.

AndyBrand11:30 a.m. Landscapes with Year Round Appeal: Plants with Nonstop Pizzazz!  Presenter: Andy Brand from Broken Arrow Nursery. All too often plants are selected for a single attribute such as showy flowers or fruit or dynamic foliage and thus only offer limited interest during the year. Discover an exciting collection of plants that will provide color and excitement to the garden throughout the year. Andy will discuss a range of trees, shrubs, and perennials that will not disappoint regardless of the season. Emphasis will be given to conifers and the endless possibilities of their use in the garden. For the past 26 years Andy has been employed at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden where he is currently the nursery manager. He is past President of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association and is an avid naturalist. He is a co-founder and past President of the Connecticut Butterfly Association as well as a long standing member of the New Haven Bird Club. He has put his interest in native plants to use as a volunteer for the New England Plant Conservation Program where he helps monitor historical sites of endangered native plants. He has spoken to groups statewide on a range of topics including native plants, new and unusual ornamentals, butterfly gardening, and butterflies of Connecticut and their life histories. In January, 2014 Andy started the Facebook page, Seeing Nature: Observations from New England, a page dedicated to native flora and fauna.

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

cropped-brie-arthur-hi-res21:30 p.m. Fragrance in the Air.  Presenter: Brie Gluvna Arthur. Brie will treat you to a photographic journey of the most tantalizing fragrances found in the garden. Organized by season, learn about the best woody ornamentals and other delights to create a scented landscape to be enjoyed year round. The plants attract pollinators, beneficial insects and gardeners alike!

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

Kerry Ann Mendez3:00 p.m. Novel Perennials, Annuals and Flowering Shrubs that are Rockin’ the Gardening Industry!  Presenter: Kerry Ann Mendez of Perennially Yours.
The New Year generates anticipation for gardeners as they wait to see what’s new on the ‘horticultural red carpet’. Get ready to ooh and ahhh at these head-turners that will surely draw a standing ovation and have cameras flashing. Helpful design tips and sustainable practices are included. Kerry is the owner of Perennially Yours, a garden education, design and consulting business located in Kennebunk, Maine. She  focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plant material and organic practices. Kerry Ann 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, 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 fee:

The registration fee includes:

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

*Individuals:  $103 per person

*Special Group Rate:  $94 per person when 5 or more people register on the same form before April 7, 2017.  *PAYMENT BY CHECK ONLY . PRINT THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW

*Special Master Gardener's Rate:  $94 per person before April 7, 2017.  *PAYMENT BY CHECK ONLY. PRINT THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW

3-Hour Friday Class Registration fee:

$55 per person
includes a delicious refreshment break and lots of handouts and garden catalogs.

Group rate: $50 per person for 5 or more registered together

Master Gardeners rate: $50 per person.  *


*To pay by CHECK for the Symposium AND/OR the 3-Hour Garden Class click here for the registration form (required for Groups and Master Gardeners). NEW Registration Form Symposium and 3-hour class 2017

*To pay by CREDIT CARD for the Symposium AND/OR the 3-Hour Garden Class choose from the following:

Symposium Registration. $103 per person


Friday, April 21 Double-header class.  $55 per person