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The Antiquarian & Landmarks Society
Landscapes as History: Encountering Connecticut’s Natural Resources
Five weeks beginning April 2, statewide lecture series in Bethlehem, Hartford, Old Lyme, and Fairfield, CT.

Info: www.hartnet.org/ALS
Topics range from the role of gardens, parks, and cemeteries as man-made environments infused with art and history to how the essence of the local landscape was captured on canvas by nineteenth-and-twentieth-century artists.

Historic Charleston Foundation
55th Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens
March 14–April 13, Charleston, SC

Info: www.historiccharleston.org; tel. 843.723.1623
The Historic Charleston Foundation provides access to distinctive public and private homes—antebellum mansions to Georgian town houses—with lush gardens. Visit for afternoon tea or in the evening. And don’t miss the Plantation Oyster Roast.

Colonial Williamsburg
56th Garden Symposium: “Gardeners and their Gardens”
April 21–23, Williamsburg, VA

Info: www.history.org; tel. 1.800.HISTORY
Within a colonial setting, Williamsburg’s master gardeners tell how they re-created an eighteenth-century kitchen garden with medicinal, culinary, and ornamental herbs; one of many lectures and demonstrations. At the same time, homes and gardens across the Commonwealth are open for Historic Garden Week in Virginia, which benefits restorations of historic gardens and landscapes.

The New York Botanical Garden Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale
April 26–28, Bronx, NY
Info: www.nybg.org; tel. 718.817.8700

The real and the rare are here. No reproductions are permitted at this show of antique fountains, urns, statues, benches, and botanical books and prints. Meet experts in the field, browse, buy, and view an on-loan exhibit of prized pieces of modern sculpture collected by MoMA founder Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.

Lily-of-the-valley cast iron armchair, W. McHose Co., Dayton, OH, ca. 1875. Courtesy of Barbara Israel, exhibiting at The New York Botanical Garden Furniture Show and Sale; photography by Sharyn Peavey.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Fifth Annual Spring Symposium
Saturday, April 27, Wellesley, MA
Info: www.masshort.org; tel. 718.235.3307

Learn how the American Colonial Revival style, born at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exhibition of 1876, was coached into the language of material culture, namely landscapes and gardens. Then skip over to la-la land and discover how landscape architect Florence Yoch became a Hollywood set designer. For 1930s films, she translated literary descriptions into visual scenery including Tara plantation in Gone with the Wind. Lectures include: “American Beauties: Native Trees and Shrubs of the United States,” “The Legacy of American Immigrant Gardens,” “The American Fantasy: The Colonial Revival Style, 1876–2002,” “Florence Yoch in California and on the Silver Screen,” and “The Study of American Gardens: Recent Issues, New Sources.”

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