Colonial Williamsburg gardener Wesley Greene is one of the featured speakers at the MAC Events Home and the 22nd Annual Maymont Flower & Garden Show at the Greater Richmond Convention Center,403 N. 3rd St.
In his appearance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 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.” Co-published by Colonial Williamsburg and Rodale 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 Norton, director of horticulture at Mount Vernon, said, “Greene’s historical guide to 18th-century vegetables and gardening practices showcases tried-and-true techniques that are remarkably relevant for today’s home vegetable growers — all thoroughly researched, beautifully illustrated and written to inform and entertain.” Peter Hatch, director of gardens and grounds atMonticello, called the book “a steaming hotbed of garden wisdom.”
Greene has spent 30 years researching the plants, architecture and culture methods used in 18th-centuryVirginiagardens. 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 theColonialGardenand 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.