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Organic Heirloom Flower Gardening Dec 18



This forwarded on behalf of Allan Balliet of Claymont
Court.  Kirsten Saylor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 WHAT: Organic Heirloom Flower Gardening with Shepherd
Ogden
 WHEN: Saturday, December 18, 1999, 1PM to 3PM
 WHERE:Claymont Court Mansion, Charles Town, WV
 CONTACT: Allan Balliett (304) 724-6763
csa@claymont.org
 Web Information http://www.claymont.org/csa (by
12/10)

On Saturday, December 18 at 1:00 p.m. Shepherd Ogden
will present a lecture
and slideshow on "Organic Heirloom Flower Gardening"
in the ballroom of the
historic Shenandoah Valley Washington home, Claymont
Court. Claymont Court,
a 365-acre organically certified historic estate and
site of the annual
Mid-Atlantic Biodynamic Food and Farming Conference,
is located outside of
Charles Town, WV.

A master photographer as well as internationally known
gardening author and
seedsman, Ogden will lecture on the philosophy,
principles and techniques
of raising beautiful flowers without the use of
chemicals. His presentation
will illustrated with his slides of interesting
flowers and flower gardens
from around the world (undoubtedly augmented  with
anecdotes and commentary
about his experiences in gathering a collection of
heirloom flower seeds
for his seed company, The Cook's Garden ("Seeds and
Suppliers for the New
American Garden") http://www.cooksgarden.com.)) The
afternoon promises to
be visually rich and lively and of strong interest to
gardeners who have
often felt helpless keeping flowers and plants vibrant
while dealing with
mildews and pests organically.


Shepherd Ogden is founder and president of The Cook's
Garden, a mail order
seed and supply house based in Vermont committed to
providing American
gardeners with untreated seed of both heirloom and
modern gardening plants
from around the world.  His gardens and seed business
have been the subject
of articles in Country Journal, Inc., Organic
Gardening, Time, Newsweek,
Forbes, Vermont Life, Victoria, Martha Stewart Living,
Boston Herald, New
York Times, and USA Today.  Ogden is a former board
member of both The
Vermont Small Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
and the Garden
Writers Association of America.  He is the author of
four books and more
than fifty magazine articles on all aspects of
horticulture, agriculture
and the environment and has been a contributing editor
for both Organic
Gardening and National Gardening magazines, where
until recently he was
Editor at Large. Ogden was the 1988 recipient of the
American Horticultural
Society's GB Gunlogson Award  for "extraordinary and
dedicated efforts in
the field of horticulture."  He has lectured at
botanical gardens and
appeared at professional and amateur symposia in most
regions of the United
States, and in 1995 conducted a month long lecture
tour of the Czech
Republic under the auspices of Volunteers in Overseas
Cooperative
Assistance (USAID). Ogden currently lectures on
Agro-Ecology at Green
Mountain College in Vermont and is researching a new
book on biotechnology
and our food supply.  A 1967 graduate of Charles Town
High School, he and
his wife, Ellen, have two children: Molly (15) and Sam
(11).

The talk is free and open to the public, but seating
is limited, so please
RSVP. Shepherd Ogden will bring some of his books to
sign and sell.
Refreshments will be available. Some 'gifts from the
garden' will be
available for purchase. This presentation is part of
an on-going series of
natural gardening and agroecology   educational events
 held  at  Claymont
Court in cooperation with the Claymont Farm Community
Supported Agriculture
Project.   SEATING IS LIMITED AND RESERVATIONS ARE
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!!
For more reservations and more information (and for
volunteer and
internship opportunities) please contact   Garden
Manager Allan Balliett
at  (304)  724-6763  or  email at csa@claymont.org or
on the world-wide-web
at http://www.claymont.org/csa A map and directions to
Claymont are
available at http://www.claymont.org

Shepherd Ogden will also be speaking in the Eastern
Panhandle of West
Virginia on Wednesday, Dec 16 at the National
Conservation Training Center.
His topic will be 'Running a Seed Company.' For more
information on this
free event, contact Mark Madison at
mark_madison@fws.gov or
http://www.nctc.fws.gov/history/communitylectures.html

Materials for editors:
- A color photograph of Shepherd Ogden in his garden
is available.


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