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Historic Gardening Symposium @ Bacons Castle

You are cordially invited to attend the Historic Gardening Symposium, hosted at the oldest known English formal garden in North America on Saturday, June 8th, 2013.  The Symposium will take place between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Bacon’s Castle in nearby Surry .Virginia.

You will enjoy presentations on 17th and 18th-century Virginian gardening practices, the archaeological discovery of the original garden, and the recent historical research that may influence the future interpretation of our 17th-century Bacon’s Castle Garden, as well as a guided tour of the garden. 

Tickets are $35 and include a boxed lunch.

 Attendance is limited to the first twenty-five registrants. Register by May 25th, 2013 and receive $10 off the ticket price.

To reserve your place, please visit Historic Gardening Symposium Registration or  contact tballance@preservation.org. with any questions.

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Expected Itinerary:
11:00 a.m.
John Custis and the Transatlantic Plant Exchange:
Speaker, Wesley Greene, Colonial Williamsburg‘s Historic Trades Gardener
John Custis was the most active Williamsburg resident in the transatlantic plant exchange during the first half of the 18th century. This talk is based on excerpts from Custis’s 12 year correspondence with the English plant collector Peter Collinson focusing on the plants they traded and the challenges of sending plants aboard ship in the age of sail.
12:00
Lunch Break. Boxed lunch included with ticket
12:30 p.m.
Discovering the Lost Garden:
Nicholas Luccketti, Archaeologist, James River Institute for Archaeology.
In 1983, The Garden Club of Virginia had been asked to fund an archaeological study to determine the position of a 19th century garden and then help with its restoration. Unexpectedly, the study also found an 18th century garden covering a huge rectangular 17th century garden, making this garden the oldest English Formal Garden in North America. We are honored to have Nicholas Luccketti, lead archaeologist on this project return to speak about the significance of this dig.
1:30 p.m.
Arthur Allen II’s Pleasure Garden:
Will Rieley, RLA and Margaret Bemiss, Author of Historic Virginia Gardens, both representing the Garden Club of Virginia
The 1660s saw the beginning of the development of the public “pleasure garden”, which grew to become the center of English social life for the next 200 years. This talk discusses the new research that shows Bacon’s Castle’s Garden results from young Allen II’s education in England. Classical proportion were well-known in England in the late 17th century and the garden at Bacon’s Castle was intentionally laid out to be a grand garden, as befitted a man of his station and the grand house it was to complement.
2:30
Tour the Garden with Bacon’s Castle’s Head Gardner, Valerie Balentine.

Want to go ?

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

11:00am-2:30pm

Location

Bacon’s Castle

465 Bacon’s Castle Trail, Surry, VA 23883

Contact

baconscastle@preservationvirginia.org

757-357-5976

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