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2017 Spring Garden Symposium

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Name: 2017 Spring Garden Symposium
Date: May 13, 2017
Event Description:

The Blount-Bridgers Garden Committee will open its sixth Spring Garden Symposium on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Tarboro Brewing Company where an art exhibit and book signing will take place. Saturday, May 13th, at Calvary Episcopal Church from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm a full day will be highlighted by interesting lectures, unique garden designers, vendors, tours of private and public gardens, area artists in the gardens, luncheon and afternoon tea in a historic garden setting.

2017 Spring Garden Symposium



  • Candis Owens


  • 500 Main Street
    Tarboro NC 27886


Tours will take you into private gardens with plantings nurtured with love for generation. Lunch in the historic Calvary Episcopal Churchyard, with garden vendors, tour of nine area gardens with artists and afternoon tea in the Blount-Bridgers Garden. Included in the tour is Cotton Valley Farm. Built in 1818, after 150 years of farming, it's now transformed into a more residential space. Embrace the old willow oaks, mature crepe myrtles, and expansive vistas that characterize the property that is also home to several species of boxwood, helping to define smaller spaces.

This highly-anticipated event will feature two exceptional presenters, Jane Baber White and Gordon Chappell, both notable authors. Visit website for more information.

This highly-anticipated event will feature two exceptional presenters, Jane Baber White and Gordon Chappell.

Jane is Director Emeritus of Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, Virginia and author of "Once Upon a Time ... A Cemetery Story". Jane Baber White, former Restoration Chairman Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, Virginia was charged with the mission of preserving the memory of 2,201 Confederate soldiers and an additional 18,000 citizens over its 200-year history. Jane's work has been featured across the country and she has received numerous local, state and national awards.  She has served as a Board Member of the Southern Garden History Society.

Gordon Chappell was former Director of Landscaping and Facilities, Colonial Williamsburg and co-author of “The Gardens of Colonial Williamsburg”. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he is a former Director of Landscape at Colonial Williamsburg. He served 13 years as a Chair of the Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposiums.  He has also served as President and Board Member of the Southern Garden History Society.

 The mission of the Blount-Bridgers Garden is to enhance the garden with historic plants in an aesthetically pleasing manner and to offer educational discussions with county residents and visitors. The historic garden is maintained by the Weekly Weeders, a group of dedicated volunteers, along with the Town of Tarboro.

Proceeds from this program will go directly to the improvement and maintenance of the historic Blount-Bridgers Gardens. A visit to the Blount-Bridgers Gardens is free of charge and has been the host for many of the Tarboro’s public events. Visitors to Tarboro make this majestic home and gardens a must see.

Extend your stay in Edgecombe County an enjoy our dining and explore what you can do!
Calvary Episcopal Church and Blount-Bridgers Garden, Tarboro, NC 27886
Date/Time Information:
May 13, 2017 8:30 am ~ 5:00 pm
Contact Information:
For more information visit discoveredgecombe.com or email Candis Owens at: blountbridgersgarden@gmail.com. They may also be purchased at the Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce (252-823-7241), the Edgecombe County Memorial Library (252-823-1141)
Tickets are $70 for the full day, if purchased before the date, or $80 the day of the event. Half-day tickets are available for $45, if purchased before the date, or $55 the day of the event. Group Rates of 5 participants or more $60.00 per person all day; or $35.00 per person for half day event.

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