Wesley Greene Presents “Gardening Under Cover” April 25

Monday, April 15, 2013

Join the Virginia Beach Historic Houses for “Gardening Under Cover” on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lynnhaven House’s Colonial Education Center. Wesley Greene, Colonial Williamsburg’s historic trades gardener, will discuss 18th-century methods for growing vegetables year-round, including use of bell glasses, hotbeds, and paper frames.  Greene will share the history associated with gardening “out of season” and discuss the tools, devices and methods that gardeners can use today to extend the season of productivity in the vegetable garden.


Greene has gardened with heirloom plants at Colonial Williamsburg for more than 30 years. In 1996 he founded the Colonial Garden and Garden Shop on Duke of Gloucester Street, where costumed employees interpret 18th-century plants, tools and cultivation techniques. He will be available to sign copies of his book, “Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way: 18th-Century Methods for Today’s Organic Gardeners,” which mixes history and folklore with practical advice on growing vegetables and herbs. A limited number of copies will be available at the presentation for $30.


The Lynnhaven House is one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia, dating to circa 1725. The Colonial Education Center is at 4409 Wishart Road. “Gardening Under Cover” is free and open to the public. 


For more information, call (757) 460-7530 or visit www.museumsvb.org.


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