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Contributed photo Visitors browse through rare plants at The Hollister House Garden Study Weekend in 2016.Visitors browse through rare plants at The Hollister House Garden Study Weekend in 2016.

WASHINGTON >> Hollister House Garden is delighted to welcome Tom Coward of England’s legendary Gravetye Manor and noted Dutch gardener designer, Jaqueline van der Kloet as guest speakers for the 2017 symposium.

Hollister House Garden Study Weekend, presented in cooperation with the Garden Conservancy, opens on Saturday, September 9 with a day long symposium followed by a Litchfield County Open Day and Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants on Sunday, September 10th.

“The Exuberant Garden” is the theme for this year’s symposium, which is moderated by Todd Forrest of New York Botanical Garden. The day begins with ‘Magical Mixes’ by Dutch Landscape Designer Jaqueline van der Kloet followed by ‘The Plant Lover’s Guide to Magnolias’, by Andrew Bunting of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The afternoon session opens with ‘The Restoration of Gravetye Manor’ by Tom Coward, Head Gardener of Gravetye Manor, and concludes with ‘A Sense of Place’ by noted garden writer Jane Garmey. The 7th annual Hollister House Garden Study Weekend, held every September, brings together some of the most interesting voices at work today in the fields of garden design and horticulture. The weekend has developed into one of the leading gardening events in New England, drawing avid garden lovers and professionals from across the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic, and Canada. Attendees gather to learn, exchange ideas, discover rare and unusual plants and explore exceptional gardens.

The symposium is held at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury, and begins on Saturday Sept. 9 at 8 am with continental breakfast. The day concludes in time for a late afternoon visit to Hollister House Garden for cocktails and preview buying at the Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants. On Sunday, September 10th the plant sale at Hollister House Garden opens to the public along with several exceptional gardens participating in the Garden Conservancy Litchfield County Open Days program. Descriptions of each garden, maps, and other information will be posted on the Open Days schedule on

Registration for all of Saturday’s programs, including the symposium, cocktail party and early buying at the sale of Rare and Unusual Plants is $185 for members of Hollister House Garden and the Garden Conservancy and $200 for non-members. To register, visit Tickets for Cocktails and Preview Buying at the sale of Rare and Unusual Plants (held at Hollister House Garden) are $40 for Hollister House Garden and Garden Conservancy members, $45 for all others. No pre-registration is necessary for Sunday programs.

Hollister House Garden is open to visitors April 28th through September 30th. Friday hours are 2-5PM and Saturdays 10-4PM. Private group visits are welcome weekdays by appointment only. Directions to the garden’s 300 Nettleton Hollow Road location are also available on the website.