VCE Loudoun Master Gardeners Lectures are held online and in person at the Rust Library in Leesburg. Most lectures will be on the first Thursday of the month starting at 7PM. Check below for the specifics for each lecture as dates and times may vary.
Colonial Williamsburg’s Christmas Decorations
Thursday, December 9, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
with Laura Viancour
Horticulture Education Manager, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Learn about the history of Colonial Williamsburg’s Christmas decorations and the magic that goes on behind the scenes to create the Historic Area’s iconic natural arrangements. The assortment of materials used and tips on assembling the arrangements will be shared while looking at a variety of decorations that have adorned the buildings.
Shortly after receiving a B.S. in horticulture from Virginia Tech, Laura began her career at Colonial Williamsburg in 1982. Originally hired as a Gardener, Laura served as a Landscape Supervisor before becoming the Manager of Garden Programs, a new position she created in 1997 to enhance the interpretation of Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens.
Promoted to Landscape Director in 2012, Laura was responsible for the overall management of the Foundation’s gardens and grounds, which included the Historic Area and Colonial Williamsburg’s Business, Hotel and Museum Properties.
After 39 years of service, Laura retired as landscape director in February 2021. Laura recently began working part-time in a new position created to promote Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens and train staff.