Burpee Salutes America's Vegetable Gardeners



WARMINSTER, PA--(Marketwire - August 17, 2009) - W. Atlee Burpee & Co., America's most-trusted plant and seed purveyor, will celebrate the finale of the biggest vegetable gardening renaissance since World War II during the first ever Burpee Harvest Festival. The event is open to the public, and will take place at Burpee's Fordhook Farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, on Friday, August 21st and Saturday, August 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm -- rain or shine. For event details, please visit www.burpee.com.

"The Harvest Festival is both a celebration and a platform for education," says Burpee's chairman George Ball. "As folks across the country begin to harvest, we want to offer them inspirational tips for using their garden bounty in new recipes as well as provide them with practical information on upcoming fall garden tasks."

Calling it Burpee's biggest event of the season, Ball says that the two day festival will include an array of activities designed to inspire and inform visitors of all ages.

Some of the activities Burpee has arranged for visitors include a cooking demonstration, guided garden tours, a plant and seed sale, a coloring contest for children and an on-site farmer's market featuring locally grown produce. Laura Schenone, nationally acclaimed cookbook author, will be the featured speaker during the event offering lectures on both Friday and Saturday on "Discovering the Power of the Vegetable Garden -- in the Kitchen, in History and in Daily Life."

Ball says that gardeners interested in learning more about preparing their garden for fall or growing cool season vegetables, can obtain expert advice from Burpee horticulturalists during gardening workshops held throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.

"We expect cool weather vegetable gardening to be of utmost interest this year," says Ball. "During the workshop, our horticulturalists will show visitors how to extend the growing season by selecting the right cool weather varieties and how to properly prepare the garden for cool season growing."

Perhaps most exciting for visitors according to Ball, will be the opportunity to get a sneak peak at Burpee's flowers and vegetables varieties growing in the test and display gardens. "It's a rare opportunity," Ball says, "to see what could be growing in your garden next spring and summer."

There is a daily $5 admission fee for the event. Admission for children is free. Tickets for Laura Schenone's lecture are $20.

To register online for Laura Schenone's lecture or to obtain directions to Fordhook Farm, visit us online at //www.burpee.com and click on our Burpee's Fordhook Farm Garden Opens link.




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