January 11, 2007

Garden enthusiasts can participate in English travel course

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A 13-day study and travel experience in England is open to people who want to learn more about ornamental horticulture, landscaping and garden design.

Offered by Purdue University, the non-credit course "England and its Gardens," will be conducted May 13-25 and will be led by Purdue Extension specialists Michael Dana and B. Rosie Lerner of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

Tour stops include the Stourhead Landscape Garden, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Hidcote Manor Garden, the Royal Horticulture Society Gardens at Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Free time in London and Bath also are scheduled.

"Whether cottage gardens or castles, the British have for centuries been leaders in horticulture," Lerner said. "Our grand finale takes us to the world's most famous horticultural event, London's Chelsea Flower Show presented by the Royal Horticultural Society."

Registration is open to those interested in gardens and garden history, and there will be some required reading for the course. Master Gardener participants can earn credit for training and volunteer service.

The course is a public educational program sponsored by Purdue Extension and International Programs in Agriculture. The cost for the land package, based on double occupancy, is $2,765 and includes hotels, entry fees, ground transportation in England, lectures, study guide and many meals. Airfare to England is not included but may be arranged through the instructors.

More information about this program is available online at http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/EaiG/Main.html. For additional questions or to register, call (888) EXT-INFO or (765) 494-1296 and ask for Connie Holderfield in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Enrollment ends March 1 and will be limited to 25 participants.

Writer: Beth Forbes, (765) 494-2722, forbes@purdue.edu

Source: Rosie Lerner, (765) 494-1311, rosie@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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