Heirloom Garden Symposium: Cultivating a Legacy
Saturday, September 06, 2008 9 am-5 pm
A day devoted to historic plants and gardens. Enjoy presentations by three highly credentialed speakers and ride a tram to tour selected Old World Wisconsin heirloom gardens. Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments included in this special ticket price. Reservations required.
- Dick Zondag, president of Jung Seed Co., one of Wisconsin's oldest seed companies. Dick will discuss the importance of heirloom seeds as well as the history of the seed industry in Wisconsin. As third-generation co-owner of the business (his grandfather started Jung Seed Co. 101 years ago, selling seeds from his parents' farmhouse), Dick's story is full of illustrations from his own family's experiences.
- Lee Somerville, horticulturist and historian. Originally from Liverpool, England, Lee's fascination with heirloom gardens and plants developed while she was working as a living history interpreter. Her lifelong love of gardening led her to the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she recently completed a master's degree. An engaging and expert speaker, Lee's subject is: "Beautifying Home Grounds: The Wisconsin State Horticultural Society Guidelines for Late 19th-Century Wisconsin Gardens."
- Shelley Ryan, Wisconsin Public Television host of The Wisconsin Gardener. Join this lighthearted and pragmatic enthusiast as she gives the real "dirt" on the garden itself. She describes herself as "an opinionated heirloom gardener" and likes plants that have a lot of uses — and plants with stories behind them. Shelley holds special appeal for all levels of gardeners because she believes that every gardener is either a beginner or can always discover new challenges.
$85 per person. Reservations required. Call 262-594-6301 to make reservations or make a reservation online.
Venue: Old World Wisconsin
Old World Wisconsin documents the settlement of 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin. It comprises an 1870s crossroads village and 10 ethnic farmsteads located on 576 acres of wooded hills in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest.
W372 S9727 Hwy 67
PO Box 69
Phone: For recorded information call 262-594-6300; during operating hours call 262-594-6301.