Greene's topic will be "Gardening Under Cover." He has rediscovered the art of producing vegetables year-round and will share the history associated with gardening "out of season" as he discusses the tools, devices and methods that gardeners can use today to extend the season of productivity in the vegetable garden.
He also discusses Colonial Williamsburg's newest gardening book, "Vegetable Gardening, The Colonial Williamsburg Way," which will be available Feb. 14. Co-published by Colonial Williamsburg andRodale Inc., the book introduces today's gardeners to the art of the well-ordered 18th-century kitchen garden.
The book, illustrated with images by Colonial Williamsburg photographer Barbara Lombardi, has received pre-publication praise from Greene’s fellow historic gardeners. J. Dean
Greene has spent 30 years researching the plants, architecture and culture methods used in 18th-century Virginia gardens. He studied botany and plant and soil science at the University of Maine. Originally hired by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to work at the Governor's Palace, a 10-acre garden in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area, Greene founded the Colonial Garden and Plant Nursery on Duke of Gloucester Street in 1996. At this experimental garden, he and another gardener, Don McKelvey, study and interpret 18th-century plants, tools and cultural techniques.
During Feb. 9-12, the Greater
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