Burpee Drill Sergeant to Provide Basic Training for Recession Gardeners Looking to Save Money


WARMINSTER, PA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2009) - W. Atlee Burpee & Co., America's most-trusted plant and seed purveyor, will teach hundreds of gardener hopefuls how to successfully start their own money-saving garden during a "basic training event" called Root Camp on Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th at Fordhook Farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The event is open to the public, and will take place from 10 am to 4 pm on both days rain or shine. For event details, please visit or


According to Burpee President & COO Chris Romas, one of the features of the event will be a fun vegetable garden workshop designed to resemble boot camp. Led by Burpee horticulturalists and a garden drill sergeant, Burpee Root Camp recruits outfitted in camouflage hats and armed with garden tools, will learn how to perform various vegetable garden drills and seed planting tactics.


"With so many people taking up gardening to save money, we feel compelled to assist in offering advice and basic training," says Romas. "The event itself, and specifically the workshops, are designed to prepare gardeners with the simple techniques they need to grow plants that thrive. Very similar," Romas says, "to the way armed forces recruits learn basic skills during boot camp."


The 2009 recession gardening movement, spurred by the falling economy and the new White House vegetable garden, marks the biggest renaissance in edible gardening since World War II. Burpee reports that sales for vegetable seeds and transplants are up an unprecedented 30 percent in 2009, substantiating the marked increased interest in vegetable gardening. The Root Camp event is one of many initiatives designed by Burpee to help gardeners attain practical garden advice that will lead to success in their own ornamental and edible gardens.


"Root Camp will be a fun, family event," says Romas, explaining that some of the activities will include a seed sowing workshop for children as well as raised bed and container gardening tutorials for adults.


Attendees can also participate in guided garden tours of Burpee's expansive display and trial gardens and are invited to sign-up for daily lectures given by well-known garden authorities Graham Rice and Rosalind Creasy. Graham Rice will speak on Ultimate Plants for Small Gardens. Creasy will cover Edible Theme Gardens during her lecture.


To round out the event, Burpee will offer a plant sale with a wide range of plant material including everything from vegetables and herbs to ornamental annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and even rare plants. Burpee horticulturalists and featured garden experts will be available to answer the publics' garden questions throughout the day.


Burpee is best known for introducing unforgettable varieties such as Iceberg lettuce, Golden Bantam corn and the Fordhook lima bean. Following this tradition, Burpee introduced the world's first sweet, seedless tomato called 'Sweet Seedless' in 2009.


EVENT DETAILS: Fordhook Farm is located at 105 New Britain Rd, Doylestown, PA. Event details, online registration for the lectures and directions to Fordhook are available at and There will be a $5 admission fee for the event.


ABOUT BURPEE: W. Atlee Burpee & Co. was founded in 1876 and is based in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Today, Burpee is the largest, most progressive seed company in the United States, offering seeds, garden plants and gardening supplies through the Burpee website at, direct-mail catalogs, and via its 15,000 retail garden center customers throughout the country. The company leads the industry in vegetable and flower introductions, and is credited for introducing the world to numerous ornamental and edible breakthrough varieties. Burpee's historic Fordhook Farm offers 8 specialty gardens containing more than 3,000 different species of unique ornamental and edible garden gems.


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