Sunday, March 30, 2008

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Gardening Workshops

From the Daily Press:

April 19–20 and April 26–27 2008

This all–new event for 2008 features gardening workshops, demonstrations and how–to workshops presented by experts from both Spectrum® and the National Wildlife Federation. Admission to is included with your season pass or park admission.

Ready, Set, GROW! is sponsored by Sta-Green®

-->Busch Gardens is planning its largest-ever event to honor the second half of its name — the gardens, that is.Held during the weekends of April 19-20 and April 26-27, "Ready, Set, GROW!" will include children's activities, talks by landscape experts and tours of the park's greenhouses and gardens.There's no extra cost beyond your season pass or single-day ticket (prices for adults start at $56.95). But call ahead for tour times and reservations — 800-343-7946."

In many ways, "Ready, Set, GROW!" celebrates the park's roots (pardon the pun).How did the park get its garden theme? August A. Busch Jr., chairman of Anheuser-Busch's executive committee, picked it for the company's first park in Tampa in the 1950s after observing that the gardens and exotic birds at the nearby Busch brewery in Florida was popular with guests. Later, the Busch park here in Virginia followed suit when it opened in the 1970s."Mr. Busch has a huge interest in landscaping," Weldon says. The local park's 100 acres of gardens include 100 flower beds, 300 hanging baskets and 700 container gardens. That amounts to 80,000 tulips and 4,000 chrysanthemums.

Visitors to Busch Gardens during the "Ready, Set, GROW!" weekends can take advantage of Busch's colorful past-time by exploring several exhibits throughout the park. A children's tent near the Fest-haus building in the park's Germany area will give kids a chance to get dirty by transplanting seedlings into pots that they can take home with them. In the same area, Willem van den Akker, a tulip expert from the Netherlands, will talk about the flowers grown in the Kingsmill community of James City County. Weldon says tulips are her favorite flower grown at Busch Gardens."When the tulips are up — even though they're short-lived — they're just really magical," Weldon says.Also near the Festhaus, Busch Gardens' expert landscapers will lead "how-to" clinics on a variety of gardening topics.

During the event's two weekends in April, three 20-person groups each day will depart from the Italy and the New France areas of the park for tours of the Italy gardens and the park's greenhouses, respectively.Also during the two weekends, National Wildlife Federation experts provide tips on gardening with native plants at the Backyard Habitat Garden found in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve inside the park

To top it all off, on April 19 Busch Gardens opens a permanent open-air shop called "The Garden Gate" in the England area of the park. There, guests can buy seeds, pots and live plants grown inside the park. Master Gardeners at the shop will show guests how to arrange plants.Weldon promises "Ready, Set, GROW!" will make Busch Gardens look more alive than ever."There will be a lot of activity throughout the park," she says.
Events/Times : 11:45 Am 1:45 Pm 3:45 Pm

Meet at “Caribou Pottery” in New France

Take a tour through Busch Gardens Europe's greenhouses, guided by members of our award-winning landscaping department. These tours have limited availability. 20 people per tour. Reservations are required. Please call (800) 343-7946 to make a reservation.

Tour the Italy Gardens 12:00 Pm 2:00 Pm 4:00 Pm Meet at the“Wine Stomping” display in San Marco

Join us for this informative and educational tour through the park’s expertly-designed Italy Gardens. These tours have limited availability. 20 people per tour. Reservations are required. Please call (800) 343-7946 to make a reservation.

Busch Gardens Expert Landscaping Tips
11:00 Am -6:00 Pm
Festhaus Park

These "how-to" clinics will cover a wide array of gardening topics to get you ready for the spring planting season.

Kingsmill Tulip Expert
11:00 Am -6:00 Pm
Festhaus Park

Learn more about the famous Kingsmill Tulip from a special tulip expert from the Netherlands.
“Backyard Habitat Garden”

11:00 Am -4:00 Pm
Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve

National Wildlife Federation experts will provide tips on gardening with native plants. You'll also learn how to turnyour own backyard into one that’s suitable for wildlife.

Kidz Zone

11:00 Am -6:00 Pm
Festhaus ParkCourtyard

Bring your kids for fun craft activities

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