The Homestead, in the Allegheny Mountains
If you love to garden or even if you're just friends with someone who does, The Homestead
resort may be the
destination getaway this month, offering three days of mixing and mingling with garden experts galore during its "In the Garden Weekend."
The Homestead has teamed up once again with the American Horticultural Society
— it’s the 14th year — to present a dynamic, hands-on series of lectures and luncheons, seminars, and walking tours Aug. 17 to 19 at the 3,000-acre Hot Springs, Va., resort.
Virginia’s own Andre Viette, the horticulturalist whose farm and nursery is in Fishersville, will head up the retreat experience. Viette’s also an author and host of the radio show In the Garden, which airs locally on WRVA.Other featured speakers include Gabriele Rausse, assistant director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello; June Mays, a published specialist in garden design; and Ross A. Hotchkiss, director of the American Daffodil Society. With a literary twist, he’ll talk about the influence flower gardens had on Shakespeare’s works. (I was at the Homestead the first weekend in April. At this property nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, bulbs bloom much later than they do here, and the daffodils dazzled.)
The weekend will also include a wine tasting, prefaced by a session on wine and grape growing. That program will be led by James Piggott, an expert who produces and sells his own grapes to wineries around Charlottesville. Also, the Homestead’s own Forrest Lee, a green-industry expert, will lead two walking tours of the resort’s extensive lawns and gardens.
The "In the Garden Weekend" is a package experience. Call (877) 549-9506 or visit thehomestead.com for more details or to register.