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72nd Annual Garden Symposium

Ordinary to Extraordinary: Creating Landscape Designs that Reflect Beauty and Awe

April 14-15, 2018

The evolution of any garden happens naturally or at the whim of our own mind and hands. Whether you’re starting from scratch or renovating an existing garden that has lost its character, it’s almost always desirable to work with a plan. Even the most well-intentioned efforts result in disappointment when approached without a cohesive design strategy. Learn how to create harmonious gardens that sing with creativity, as well as those that reflect personal expression and reverence for design fundamentals. Guest speakers will discuss how to integrate existing elements, effectively combine plants and hardscape materials, and create features of distinctive landscape styles. If you are currently undecided about your own future gardens or simply ready for a refreshing renovation to existing ones, this symposium is for you!



  • Speakers

    • Linda Askey

      Freelance writer and lifelong gardener
      Birmingham, Alabama

    • Pam Beck

      Author, photographer, and lecturer
      Wake Forest, North Carolina

    • Andrew Bunting

      Assistant Director and Director of Plant Collection, Chicago Botanical Garden
      Glencoe, Illinois

    • Troy Marden

      Plantsman, Garden Designer, and Author
      Nashville, Tennessee

    • Julie Moir Messervy

      Landscape Designer, Author, and Lecturer
      Saxons River, Vermont

    • Robert McDuffie

      Associate Professor Emeritus and Director of Hahn Horticulture Garden, Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech
      Blacksburg, Virginia

    • Rollin Woolley

      Retired Landscape Supervisor, Colonial Williamsburg
      Gloucester, Virginia

  • Scholarships

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to attend the Garden Symposium. Scholarships provide full-paid registration to all Garden Symposium activities including lectures and social events as well as lodging at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel. The award does not include participation in optional tours or workshops for which there is an extra charge. For more information email Michele Moyer.
  • Accommodations


    Special rates are available at the Colonial Williamsburg Hotels for conference registrants. Rates listed are single or double occupancy per night and do not include applicable taxes. Mention the conference or use Booking Code 541202 to obtain the discount rates. Confirm your reservation by calling 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (ET).

    Griffin Hotel

    Discover spacious guest rooms where you can enjoy Williamsburg's natural beauty. Terraces overlook a charming pond and wooded area. Access to world-class dining, recreation, and spa amenities. King $219 

    Williamsburg Lodge

    Enjoy a relaxing hotel escape in the heart of the Revolutionary City. Just steps from the action, the inviting lodge boasts a world-class restaurant and convenient access to spa and recreation amenities. Deluxe $220; Cozy $190

    Williamsburg Woodlands

    Conveniently located next to the Visitor Center and Huzzah! BBQ Grille, a stay at the Williamsburg Woodlands includes a daily continental breakfast and fitness room. Deluxe $125




    Whether you are looking for Historic tavern or modern, casual or quick fare, Colonial Williamsburg offers a range of dining experiences for everyone's palate. For reservations or additional information regarding dining opportunities, call 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (ET).




    The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers a calm sanctuary of classic elegance. Serene decor and thoughtful amenities allow for relaxation and rejuvenation. Arrive early and linger after your treatment to enjoy steam rooms, signature showers, and whirlpools, as well as our relaxation lounges. Experience the wonders of The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for yourself by booking an appointment at 1-800-688-6479.
  • RegistER


    Register online or via telephone by calling 1-800-603-0940, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET.


    Pre-registration and payment in full are required. Registration includes coffee breaks, afternoon tea, closing reception, presentations proposed in this brochure, and a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. The presentation schedule is subject to change without notice.

    Payment can be charged to American Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard or, made by personal check. Checks and payments must be received no later than March 30, 2018, to avoid cancelation.


    In the event a registrant cannot attend, the registration may be transferred to another individual, provided the individual is not already registered and the registration is used for the same conference. Notice of transfer must be received in writing and should be emailed to Michele Moyer.

    If a registrant cannot attend, notice of cancellation must be received in writing by 5 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018, to be eligible for a refund. If notification is received by April 6, 2018, Colonial Williamsburg will refund registration fees, less a $50 administrative fee. Cancellation notice should be emailed to Michele Moyer or mailed to Michele Moyer, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, PO Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776. Refunds will not be granted after April 6, 2018. Travel and/or trip interruption insurance is recommended. Check with your travel agent for details.