University of Vermont Extension 
Department of Plant and Soil Science

Winter 2004 News Article


University of Vermont Extension and Fort Ticonderoga
Offer Spring Garden Tour to the Gardens of the Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania

Burlington: Dr.Leonard Perry, Greenhouse and Nursery Specialist at the University of Vermont, and Katie Elzer, Curator of Landscape at Fort Ticonderoga are co-hosting a spring garden tour May 10-13, 2004, which will travel to the top horticultural gems of the Brandywine Valley including Longwood Gardens, Winterthur: An American Country Estate, and Mt.Cuba Center at the peak of their spring bloom.

Travelers will visit ten destinations including six gardens, three top garden centers and historic New Hope,  PA.  Included in the registration price are: education, commentary and questions answered by two experienced horticultural guides, all admissions and tours at the ten scheduled destinations, three nights hotel accommodations, a wine and cheese reception and three full breakfasts at the Concordville Hotel, four days of deluxe motorcoach transportation and transfers, a continental breakfast and boxed lunch on departure day, refreshments, and departure from either the UVM Hort Farm or Fort Ticonderoga.  Registration cost is $459 based on double occupancy. Registration forms for the tour are due by March 1, 2004.  To learn more or to request an information brochure and registration form, call the Fort at 518-585-2821 or visit the website (

Ms.Elzer, Curator of Landscape at Fort Ticonderoga, is responsible for the care, programming, and development for the King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga.  She holds a degree in Public Horticulture from Purdue University, and recently completed coursework for her master's degree at the University of Delaware and Longwood Gardens.  Dr. Perry is the Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Specialist at the University of  Vermont.  Perry teaches and conducts horticultural research at UVM and travels extensively, leading garden tours around the world.

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