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In the Garden at The Homestead

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Contact:  Julie Shamrock
Hawkins International PR
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Julie@hawkpr.com


GREEN THUMB GETAWAY WITH THE HOMESTEAD RESORT’S 14TH ANNUAL “IN THE GARDEN WEEKEND”

Enjoy three days of distinguished lectures and garden tours fashioned in partnership with American Horticulture Society, August 17-19

July XX, 2012, Hot Springs, Virginia –Whatever your skill level, take your gardening to a higher level with the In The Garden Weekend at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. The 14th-annual event created in partnership with the American Horticultural Society unfolds August 17-19, with lectures, seminars, luncheons, walking tours and exquisite accommodations at the historic Allegheny Mountain resort. 

The In The Garden Weekend is designed to educate and inspire gardeners of all ages to succeed in environmentally responsible horticulture. Andre Viette, a highly regarded horticulturalist, prolific author, lecturer and host of the “In the Garden” radio show, leads this delightful botanical adventure. Other special guests include Gabriele Rausse, assistant director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello; James Piggott, an expert on grape-growing who produces and sells his own grapes to Charlottesville-area wineries; June Mays, a widely published specialist at garden design; and Ross A. Hotchkiss, director of the American Daffodil Society, who will share insight on the influence flower gardens had in Shakespeare’s literature.

In addition, The Homestead’s own green industry expert, Forrest Lee, will lead two walking tours of gardens at the 3,000-acre resort. Look for plants both local and exotic, and learn his tips on how The Homestead’s gardens grow.

The “In The Garden Weekend” from Friday-Sunday, August 17-19, at The Homestead includes:

• Guest room accommodations
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• Welcome reception – meet the speakers
• Seminars and breaks
• Lunch on Saturday
• Wine tasting
• Tour of The Homestead Gardens
• Membership in the American Horticultural Society
• Cost $479 (not including taxes and daily 15% resort charge). Rate is per person for two nights based on double occupancy. Two-night minimum stay required. Valid August 17-19, 2012. Based on availability and some restrictions apply.

For more information or to make reservations at The Homestead, please contact (877) 549-9506; or visit www.thehomestead.com.

About The Homestead
Since 1766, The Homestead has been recognized as one of America’s most storied resorts, offering unparalleled hospitality and Southern charm in a 3,000-acre setting within the Allegheny Mountains of southwestern Virginia. Renowned for its natural healing springs, The Homestead is distinguished by 483 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 72,000 square feet of meeting space, a wide array of fine and casual dining choices, a world-class spa, three championship golf courses that include one of the nation’s finest mountain courses (The Cascades), the South’s first downhill ski area, a 48-stable Equestrian Center and show ring, one of the top-rated Shooting Clubs and a wealth of other recreational attractions. The resort is currently undergoing a $25 million transformation.  The first phase to be completed in 2012 will include the addition of Allegheny Springs, a new family water complex which includes a children’s pool, winterized family pool, whirlpool, sandy beach, three 100-foot water slides, a 400-foot lazy river and private cabanas as well as a new miniature golf course, the Mini Cascades and the tranquil Spa Garden. The second phase to be completed in 2013, will see new dining experiences, including Jefferson’s Grille, and renovations to the interior of the Spa.