If you recognize Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello garden in the photo above, then you will recognize that this year’s Spring Garden Workshop will be of special interest. We have two extraordinary speakers this year: Pat Brodowski, who is the Specialty Gardener at Monticello, where she has been tending to the thousand-foot-long kitchen garden’s herbs and vegetables for the past ten years, and Amy Goldman, heirloom plant gardener and author of multiple books on her favorite vegetables and heirloom seed gardening in general. This day of learning and discussion should be packed with ideas and success hints from two persons with broad and very different experience.
Amy Goldman is past Chairman of the Board of Seed Saver’s Exchange, one of the premier heirloom seed organizations in the U.S. She now acts a Special Advisor to the board. She also has her own extensive gardens from which she has become quite well-known through her exquisitely photographed and painstakingly researched books on Tomatoes, Squashes, Melons, and Heirloom Seed Harvesting. The morning sessions with Amy will focus upon her favorite “fruit vegetables.” She has a wealth of knowledge in growing, propagating, and enjoying the harvest from these palate-pleasing vegetables. There will be time set aside for question and answer.
Her books will also be available for purchase. Amy will gladly sign books.
Lunch will be provided for all participants.
The afternoon sessions with Pat Brodowski will focus upon herbs and vegetables grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello as well as seed saving techniques used at Monticello for their heirloom plants.
Pat is a graduate of Cornell University, and completed her Masters Thesis on Jefferson’s cultivation of salad greens and herbs at McDaniel College. She is the Specialty Gardener at Monticello, where she has been tending to the thousand-foot-long kitchen garden’s herbs and vegetables for the past ten years. Before that, she was involved with the Carroll County Farm Museum. Her duties at Monticello include coaxing them to grow and confirming their historical accuracy and relevance. More than merely a historical showpiece, Monticello’s kitchen garden produces crops of vegetables for use in the Visitor Center café as well as for sampling during the popular Garden Tours and school group demonstrations. Pat’s enthusiasm for the subject is infectious, as she shares a wealth of garden history and instruction to her garden guests.
There will be time set aside for question and answer for these sessions, as well.
This will be a full day of ideas and proven techniques that will inspire you and possibly help you take your heirloom gardening to a new level. Come and enjoy a day of garden inspiration in the midst of winter.
Time: 9am to 4pm. Lunch provided.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited. So act now to get your place.
Price: $80 (for all sessions and lunch) (LVA members are $70)
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