Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

April, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium
The Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium on April 22 to 24 in Williamsburg, Virginia, is a nationally known event and a rewarding experience for all gardeners. Visitors get to tour beautiful gardens and attend numerous lectures, plus share experiences with other gardeners. This year's theme is "Practical Gardening in a Changing World."

For further information, contact Ms. Toni Engle, Williamsburg Institute, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776, (757) 220-7182.


Shaker Spring Herb Soup
The tradition of health-restoring spring tonics made from herbs is a long one. This soup, adapted from my book Recipes from an American Herb Garden (Macmillan Publishing, 1993; $30) is in the Shaker tradition, as it focuses on the first flavorful herbs of spring.


1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons each minced fresh chives, chervil, and sorrel leaves

1/2 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon leaves

1 cup finely chopped celery ribs

1 quart vegetable stock or canned vegetable broth

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Pinch of sugar

4 slices whole wheat toast

Dash of freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese


Melt the butter over medium heat in a large, heavy pot. Add the herbs and celery and cook, stirring, until wilted and soft; about 3 minutes. Add the stock, salt and pepper, and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Place a slice of toast in each soup bowl and pour the soup over. Dust with nutmeg and sprinkle with grated cheese.

Serves 4


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