April 21, 2018
The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont
This inspirational and exhilarating symposium will enlighten and energize your approach to gardening!
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
- 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! 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 as additional option.
Friday, April 20, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 'Double-Header' Flowering Gardening Classes. 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.
- An Inspirational Stroll Through Magnificent Public and Private 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.
The three-hour class fee is $55 per person and includes a delicious refreshment break. Master Gardeners rate: $50 Group rate: $50 per person for 5 or more registered together.
14th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium
Saturday, April 21
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
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 www.uvm.edu/~pass/perry.
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 www.avantgardensne.com
11:15 a.m. Layers of a Meadow. Presenter: Rebecca Lindenmeyr, co-owner Linden L.A.N.D. Group, a landscape and interior firm. Rebecca is one of the Northeast’s leading designers exploring the intersection between Nature and Human Living Spaces. She trained as an environmental scientist and worked with EPA for 9 years before shifting to sustainable design in 2001. She is now a VT Certified Horticulturist, a Professional Designer, and a WELL Building AP. As co-owner of Linden L.A.N.D. Group in Shelburne VT, she has designed over 350 landscapes in the last 10 years with sales over $5 million. In her entertaining presentations she provides a behind-the-scenes look at the rapidly evolving fields of Regenerative Landscape Design and Biophilic Interiors. For more about Rebecca visit www.lindenlandgroup.com.
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 www.pyours.com.
4:00 p.m. Symposium concludes
Symposium Registration Fee
The registration fee includes:
- five dynamic garden lectures
- Saturday morning coffee
- mid-morning and afternoon refreshments
- garden gift
- and door prizes
Individuals: $98 per person
Special Group Rate: $90 per person when 5 or more people register on the same form before April 7, 2018. *PAYMENT BY CHECK ONLY . PRINT THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW
Special Master Gardener's Rate: $90 per person before April 7, 2018. *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. *PAYMENT BY CHECK ONLY. PRINT THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW
Master Gardeners rate: $50 per person. *PAYMENT BY CHECK ONLY. PRINT THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW
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.
Payment by check is REQUIRED for Groups and Master Gardeners.
To pay by CREDIT CARD
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.
Saturday, April 21 Symposium Registration. $98 per person
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.