Historic Gardens Highlighted at Upcoming Rappahannock Area Event

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The Extension Master Gardeners of the Central Rappahannock Area Presents the 6th Annual Living in the Garden Symposium: Historical Trees and Gardens Of Virginia Saturday, April 7, 2018 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

This April, The Extension Master Gardeners of the Central Rappahannock Area will host their 6th Annual Living in the Garden Symposium, though this year’s event incorporates some big changes, including a new location and a new theme made possible by a full year of planning and fundraising.

The 6th Annual Living in the Garden Symposium will be held Saturday April 7 at Gari Melchers Home & Studio (also known as Belmont), a National Historic Landmark administered by the University of Mary Washington.

In keeping with the historic setting, the theme of this year’s event is “Historical Trees and Gardens Of Virginia,” and it will feature a variety of speakers on topics related to historic gardens, including important Virginia trees and antique roses.

“After we picked the historic location, we decided to find speakers that would fit with the historic theme,” says Laura Westermeier, co-organizer of the event. Nancy Ross Hugo, author of Remarkable Trees of Virginia, Peggy Cornett, Historic Gardener and Curator of Plants at Monticello, and Connie Hilker, owner of Heartwood Roses are scheduled to speak.

Beate Ankjaer-Jensen, Curatorial Resources Manager of the Gari Melchers estate, will also present an overview of how the estate gardens were restored to the way they would have looked in the early 20th Century, during Gari Melchers lifetime.

“Partnering with Gari Melchers was really great because it benefits both parties,” says Westermeier, adding that attendees will also have a special opportunity to tour the historic Gari Melchers home and grounds.

There are a limited number of spots left to attend and registration closes March 30, so if you’re interested in this special opportunity to learn more about historic gardens and tour the Gari Melchers estate, contact John Westermeier at (540)479-3835 or  JFWestermeier@gmail.com for registration information. Cost  to attend the event is $60 ($50 for members of MGACRA or Friends of Belmont), which includes a buffet lunch.

From The Master Gardener Association of Central Rappahannock Area:

Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area (MGACRA) is pleased to announce our 2018 Living in the Garden Symposium: Historical Trees and Gardens of Virginia on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Gari Melchers Home & Studio, 224 Washington St., Falmouth, VA 22405.  This will be a new location for our annual symposium and we are thrilled that besides our four speakers (Nancy Ross Hugo, author of Remarkable Trees of Virginia, Beate Ankjaer-Jensen from Belmont, Peggy Cornett from Monticello, and Connie Hilker from Hartwood Roses) you will be able to tour the Gari Melchers home and studio and spend time in their beautiful grounds.  A light breakfast and buffet lunch is included in the cost of $60 ($50 for members of MGACRA or Friends of Belmont.) Please see the attached flyer for more information. Also attached is the registration form which must be received by mail by March 31, 2018.

Special thanks to Master Gardener Laura Westermeier for her assistance with this story.

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