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The 14th Annual Great Gardens & Landscaping Symposium

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont

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

About the Symposium

The premier symposium takes place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the magnificent, world-class Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vermont.  The symposium 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 for everyone!
  • 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 and beyond

The 2018 symposium is sure to be another sellout. The 2017 symposium sold out three months before it kicked off!

Pre-Symposium Event

In addition to the full day of programming on Saturday, there is a special 'Double-Header' Flower Gardening Class on Friday, April 20 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  This session in NOT part of the symposium programming, it is an additional event for which you will need to register separately.

For information and registration for the Pre-Symposium Event on April 20, click here >>

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Schedule of Events

Friday, April 20   Pre-Symposium 3-hour Garden Class 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

For information and registration, click here >>

Saturday, April 21

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Gardeners Marketplace open. 2018 Gardeners Marketplace Vendors

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

8:30  Welcoming Remarks and first lecture.

Top Flowers and Vegetables for Northern Gardens. Presenter: Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor Emeritus from the University of Vermont. Dr. Perry has coordinated the All-America Selections flower display garden at Burlington's Waterfront Park for over 20 years, rating and publishing online each year's entries. From the thousands he has grown in this award-winning garden, he will highlight top performing annual flowers for northern climates. He'll also cover ten top vegetables he has grown, or covered in his online course on Home Vegetable Growing. Dr. Perry has tested perennial flowers too, for over 30 years, and will highlight some of the hardiest and best. For more about Dr. Perry, visit

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.  Book signing, refreshment break, Gardeners Marketplace

10:15 Succulent Love.Presenter, Katherine Tracey, Avant Gardens. Practically carefree, with low water needs and now available in amazing forms in nuanced colors which mix and match beautifully… that’s why Succulents have been the rage in horticulture in recent years. In this slide lecture, Katherine will share some of her favorite ways of using both hardy and tender succulents in northeastern gardens, especially as subjects in mixed planters, in vertical gardens and lately as the subject of long lasting cut material in floral arrangements. Katherine is the owner of Avant Gardens, a nationally known mail order nursery and garden design/build firm in Dartmouth MA. Formally trained as a painter and textile designer, Katherine's appreciation for color and pattern has also informed her passion for horticulture. Katherine is also a garden photographer, writer and a lecturer. She is a contributor to Fine Gardening Magazine, and she writes the content for Garden Foreplay, the Avant Gardens blog. A featured national lecturer in Horticulture Magazine's Plant Design Symposium, Katherine has also spoken at the New York Botanical Garden, the Hardy Plant Society of Pennsylvania, The North American Rock Garden Society, and the Boston and Rhode Island Flower Shows. For more about Katherine visit

11:15 a.m. Herbs 101: Discover the Magic Behind Growing Great Herbs PLUS Unique Cooking Tips. Presenter: Valerie Rollins, Four Star Greenhouse.  Get ready to be surprised by some amazing tips that Val shares on growing remarkable herbs, as well as mouthwatering ways to cook and serve them. Val is the Northeast Sales Representative for one of the largest, premier plant growers in the country, Four Star Greenhouse, based in Michigan. Val grew up on a working farm in central New Hampshire. She developed a passion for gardening early on while helping her family with their farm and greenhouse business where they grew and sold herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes. With a down to earth approach, she shares her passion and knowledge with gardeners nationwide.

12:15 p.m.  Lunch, book signings and Gardeners Marketplace

1:15 p.m.  Gardening in a Changing Climate.  Presenter: Dr. Leonard Perry. Whether you believe that the climate is really changing, or just want to know how to garden successfully when faced with climate extremes, you'll learn tips and plants from this presentation. Coping with cold, handling the heat, too much water, "extreme" perennials that handle climate extremes well, and potential pests and problems will be covered. Some "green" gardening tips will be provided to help you lessen your environmental impact. You'll learn what "phenology" is, how this relates, and the fun you can have using it to track your own climate from year to year.

2:15 p.m.  Afternoon Refreshment Break, book signings, Gardeners Marketplace

2:45 p.m.  New and Unusual Perennials, Flowering Shrubs and Annuals.  Presenter: Kerry Ann Mendez, owner of Perennially Yours, LLC. The New Year always generates anticipation for gardeners as they wait to see what’s new on the ‘horticultural red carpet’.  Get ready to be dazzled by some new AND unusual plants that will probaly make your "must have" list. Helpful design tips and sustainable practices are included. Kerry Ann 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 featured on HGTV and in many national magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Garden Gate. In 2014 she was awarded the Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. In 2016 she started producing national gardening Webinars attended by thousands.  Kerry Ann is the author of three gardening books with a fourth book, The Budget-Wise Gardener, being released in February 2018.  For more about Kerry Ann and her work, visit

4:00 p.m. Symposium concludes

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

Registration Rates

Individuals:  $98 per person (payment by check only AFTER April 2, 2018)

Special Group Rate:  $93 per person when 5 or more people register on the same form before April 7, 2018.

Special Master Gardener's Rate:  $93 per person before April 7, 2018.


Cancellation Policy: Refunds, less a $20 processing fee, will be given until April 9, 2018. If your plans change after April 9th, we encourage you to find someone to take your place OR we will be happy to mail you the symposium packet and garden gift.  

Woodstock resort dining area

Special Pre-Symposium Class!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Presenter: Kerry Ann Mendez

Kerry Ann is 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.

  • Save the Pollinators: “Attractive” Landscapes for Pollinators and Homeowners! What could be more heavenly than a beautiful low-maintenance garden filled with “moving art”: birds, butterflies and other pollinators? Discover eye-catching perennials and flowering shrubs – mostly native - that benefit BOTH homeowners and pollinators. The focus will also be on sustainable care - creating landscapes that require less water, fertilizer and pesticides.
  • Fabulous Plants and Design Ideas from Magnificent Gardens. Allow me to take you on a ‘virtual’ sight-seeing tour of some breathtaking gardens that will leave you wonder-filled and inspired. The colorful journey includes helpful design tips and exceptional plants to use in your own gardens, large or small; sun or shade. The handout includes a list of recommended plants.

3-Hour Friday Class Fee

Individuals: $55 per person includes a delicious refreshment break, lots of handouts and garden catalogs, door prizes and a garden gift.

Special Group Rate:
$50 per person for 5 or more registered together.

Special Master Gardeners Rate:
$50 per person. 


Cancellation Policy:  Refunds, less a $20 processing fee, will be given until April 9, 2018. If your plans change after April 9th, we encourage you to find someone to take your place OR we will be happy to mail you the symposium packet and garden gift


Payment Options

To pay by CHECK

To register and pay for the Symposium AND/OR the 3-Hour Garden Class by check, download the registration form below, complete it and mail it with your check to the address indicated on the form.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds, less a $20 processing fee, will be given until April 9, 2018. If your plans change after April 9th, we encourage you to find someone to take your place OR we will be happy to mail you the symposium packet and garden gift.

Payment by check is REQUIRED for the regualr rate ($98) after April 2 AND for Groups and Master Gardeners.


Click the appropriate button below to pay and register for the Symposium AND/OR the 3-Hour Garden Class. If you wish to attend both the Symposium AND the pre-symposium class, you must register separately for each event.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds, less a $20 processing fee, will be given until April 9, 2018. If your plans change after April 9th, we encourage you to find someone to take your place OR we will be happy to mail you the symposium packet and garden gift.

Saturday, April 21 Symposium Registration. $98 per person BY CHECK ONLY after April 2.

Credit card payment is not available for the Saturday Sumposium after April 2

Friday, April 20 Double-header class.  $55 per person


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

$169 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.