Hey kids! Wanna go to gardening camp?



Our friend Allan Armitage (who is threatening to rant again, soon) tells us about a fun-sounding horticultural immersion experience at the Airlie Center in Warrington Center, Virginia (shown above). According to the description Allan sent along,

This beautiful setting will be our base camp as we travel to public (eg Monticello) and private gardens. There will be lectures on Garden Design from Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the US Botanical Garden, while Allan Armitage, Professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia and Vincent Simeone, Director of Planting Fields Arboretum on Long Island will lecture on the New Herbaceous and Woody Plants and basic plant topics such as Morphology and Taxonomy … It will be like going back to school but with none of the angst.

This sounds like the kind of thing I’d love to do (and certainly I could use the education) and never do. The study tour takes place August 2-7, and you can sign up or find out more here.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. I know Allan and Holly are both awesome speakers (I heard Holly once with a bad cold and she still rocked!) Both really nice people, too.
    But it’s that Australian trip that really makes me green. When my ship comes in I’m going back (was last there in the ’80s) to see gardens galore, and maybe Stuart Robinson, too.
    Now if I can just figure out what my ship might be and how to make it come in, in a crappy economy especially. Sigh.

  2. Holly Shimizu! If you can make it, GO!

    Holly is not only a stellar human being, but a knowledgeable and *practical* real gardener. Don’t let the fancy title fool you. She came by it honestly!

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