Wesley Rouse, the noted landscape designer will conduct a tour and talk of his personal gardens on July 10, 2011.  Each of Mr. Rouse’s gardens makes its own statement through the use of color, unusual plant combinations, and creative landscaping; his white garden is exactly that, a garden of white flowers, shrubs and flowering trees.

   The program begins at the at the Mattatuck Museum on Sunday July10,2011 at 2:00pm where noted garden expert and master gardener Katherine Neville will discuss how to use annuals, perennials and herbs to create a color and texture all summer long. Then travel to the magnificent gardens of landscape designer Wesley Rouse who will tour the group through a series of special gardens covering six acres.

   Mr. Rouse’s concept of connecting outdoor gardens with indoor spaces has been featured in Fine Gardening Magazine. He is the owner of Pine Meadow Gardens in Southbury where his design-build concept includes growing unusual plant material to suit the vision of his clients.

   Katherine Neville is a lifelong gardener and garden designer. She is the past president and current board member of the Westchester Fairfield Horticulture Society, as well as a master gardener and a mentor for the master gardener program. She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden and lectures for the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.

   Admission to Garden Variety with Katherine Neville and Wesley Rouse is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Join the museum to immediately qualify for the member discount. Please register in advance at www.MattatuckMuseum.org or by calling (203) 753-0381 ext. 10. 

   For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at www.MattatuckMuseum.org or call us at (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Commission on Cultural & Tourism, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, fifteen world-class museums and historic sites (www.arttrail.org). Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum on Park Place.