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K-State Today

May 23, 2011

Time to grow: K-State gardens offers lunch, seminar on formal Colonial gardening

Submitted by Julie Fosberg

Tour a private formal garden constructed like the 18th century English colonial gardens of Williamsburg, Va., at the next Friends of the Kansas State University Gardens Luncheon Series, Thursday, June 16, at 500 Denison Ave.

The program runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a box lunch, said Judy Unruh, coordinator of the series.

Tim Lindemuth, editor of the K-Stater alumni magazine and member of the Friends of the KSU Gardens board, will explain how he designed, built and planted a colonial garden patterned after the Custis-Maupin House garden constructed in 1731.

The garden’s 10 brick-lined parterres form a symmetric design and are planted with annuals, perennials and shade-loving perennials. Its maze-like pathways are paved with pea-sized river stone. A modern white vinyl picket fence with a gravity gate closer is similar to the one surrounding Williamsburg's Moody House garden.

Admission is $25 per person for the lunch and lecture. Net proceeds benefit the K-State Gardens. Deadline to make reservations is Tuesday, June 14.

Advance paid registration is required by calling Anne Springer at 785-532-1442 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, or by email to spr@k-state.edu. Please make payment in advance to Friends of the K-State Gardens, 2021 Throckmorton Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506.

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