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55th Annual Symposium at Longwood Gardens
“Timeless Gardens, Timeless Boxwood”, May 19-21, 2015

Join us at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

The theme for this year’s Symposium is “Timeless Gardens, Timeless Boxwood”, and will feature speakers and tours ranging from the boxwood and gardens of the du Pont family to the historic gardens of prominent Quaker families in the Philadelphia area. May is an exciting time to visit the Brandywine Valley, as colorful spring blooms will be at their peak.

Registration is now closed for 2015


Schedule of Events:

May 19, Tuesday – Meet and greet

  • 3:00-5:00pm Annual Meeting
  • 5:30-8:30pm Evening reception at Mendenhall inn, registration, auction

May 20, Wednesday – Tour of du Ponts’ gardens in Delaware

  • 7:00am Breakfast on your own (Hot breakfast included at Mendenhall)
  • 8:00am Bus leaves from a designated hotel
  • 8:15am Arrive at Winterthur, home of Henry Francis du Pont
  • 8:30-11:30am Guided tour of the gardens
  • 11:30-12:30pm Lunch at Winterthur (café voucher for each attendee)
  • 1:00pm Bus leaves Winterthur
  • 1:15pm Arrive at Nemours, home of Alfred I. du Pont
  • 1:30-3:30pm Guided tour of the gardens
  • 3:45pm Bus leaves Nemours
  • 4:00pm Arrive at Mt. Cuba, home of Lammot du Pont Copeland
  • 4:15-6:00pm Guided tour of the gardens
  • 6:15pm Bus leaves Mt. Cuba
  • 6:30pm Arrive at Goodstay House and Gardens for catered dinner
  • 9:00 pm Bus leaves Goodstay House and Gardens to return to the hotel(s)

May 21, Thursday – Symposium at Longwood
(themed “Timeless” with a focus on boxwood history)

  • 8:00am Arrive at Longwood
  • 8:00-9:00am Coffee, pastries etc., tour conservatories on your own

Morning Session

  • 9:00-9:45am Colvin Randall, Longwood Gardens - Two Centuries of du Pont Gardening
  • 9:45-10:30am Scott Wade, Pennsylvania Forestry Association -
    Pennsylvania Quakers and Their Love of Trees and Boxwood
  • 10:30-11:00am Break
  • 11:00-11:45am Andrea Filippone, F2 Environmental Design and AJF Design -
    Classical Gardens and Classical Boxwood
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch

Afternoon Session

  • 1:00-1:45pm Art Tucker, Delaware State University - "An Evill and Lothsome Smell" - the Historic and Social Contexts of Boxwood and Similar Odors
  • 1:45-2:30pm Moira Sheridan, Wilmington News Journal - Handsome, Distinguished, Dignified: Boxwood in Marian Coffin's Gardens
  • 2:30-3:00pm Break
  • 3:00-3:45pm Joel Fry, Bartram’s Garden - King’s Botanist and America’s First Garden
  • 4:00-5:30pm Tour the gardens on your own
  • 7:30pm Banquet in Longwood Gardens’ Ballroom
  • 8:30-9:20pm Keynote speaker, Lynn Batdorf, Former curator National Boxwood Collection at the National Arboretum - Boxwooding
  • 10:00 pm Event closes

May 22, Friday – Tour of Quaker and Historical Gardens in Philadelphia

  • 8:30am Bus leaves hotel
  • 9:45am Bus arrives at Andalusia House and Estate
  • 10-11:00am Tour of Andalusia Gardens and Grounds
  • 11:15am Bus Leaves Andalusia
  • 12:00pm Bus arrives Highlands Mansion and Garden
  • 12:15-2:15pm Guided tour and lunch at Highlands
  • 2:30pm Bus leaves Highlands
  • 3:15pm Bus arrives Bartram’s Garden
  • 3:30-5:00pm Guided tour of Bartram’s Garden
  • 5:15pm Bus leaves Bartram’s Garden
  • 6:00pm Bus arrives hotel

Registration is now closed for 2015