P. Allen Smith: Meet nationally known garden expert in Colonial Williamsburg Saturday, April 13

Designer, gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith presents “How to Get More Out of Your Garden than a Backache” during a book signing and lecture 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13,in the Colony Room of the Williamsburg Lodge, Colonial Williamsburg, according to a news release.

The author and television host takes his audience on a design tour of the latest trends and how to apply texture, color and plants inside and outside the garden home. Smith also shares some simple techniques professional designers use to make the most of a space and achieve an eye-catcing effect. His presentation concludes with a question-and-answer session.

Smith is the host of two public television programs — “P. Allen Smith's Garden Home” and “P. Allen Smith's Garden to Table” — and the syndicated 30-minute show “P. Allen Smith Garden Style.” He also hosts his own radio program, “The P. Allen Smith Show," and his design and lifestyle advice is featured in several national magazines.

He is the author of the Garden Home series of books, including “Bringing the Garden Indoors: Container, Crafts and Bouquets for Every Room” and the recently published cookbook, “Seasonal Recipes from the Garden,” inspired by the abundance of food from his farm and a family of great cooks.

Inspired by a childhood spent on the farm raising and showing livestock and poultry, Allen has led a life of promoting good stewardship of the earth. In 2009, Smith founded the Heritage Poultry Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the preservation and support of all threatened breeds of domestic poultry, according to a news release.

Admission to “How to Get More Out of Your Garden than a Backache” is $30 and Smith’s books are available for purchase at $15 to $33. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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