Southern Garden Symposium   St. Francisville, Louisiana    October 20 & 21, 2017

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 Friday, October 20
 
Join other enthusiastic gardeners for a full day of demonstrations, lectures and tours. Early morning refreshments will be served at the workshop sites followed by a gourmet lunch in Genevieve Munson Trimble’s romantic Ruins Gardens of Afton Villa. Participants are requested to register for one of the following offerings in the morning and another session in the afternoon. Everyone will gather at Afton Villa for lunch.



 

9:30 a.m. Registration


Arrive at your morning workshop location and enjoy light refreshments.

 
10:00–11:30 a.m. Morning Workshops (Choose one.)
 
1. He Said, She Said: A Couple's Approach To Floral Design
Join Jackson Mississippi’s popular floral designers Tom and Nancy McIntyre as they conduct this floral design workshop brimming with fresh materials and creative ideas. Guests are sure to enjoy the dynamic of this charming couple!

Speakers:  Tom & Nancy McIntyre
Location:   Afton Villa Ruins Gardens, 9047 Highway 61 (north of St. Francisville)
(Limit 100)
 


2. Rosedown’s Gardens: Past, Present and Future
Come explore Martha Turnbull’s grand garden, begun in 1835 and maintained well into the 20th century. Learn about the Underwood family’s lavish restoration of historic structures and grounds and see how present day efforts ensure that this formal garden will thrive for years to come. View centuries old camellias, sweet olives and oaks during a guided tour of the gardens and conservatory. This workshop is ideal for first-time visitors to the symposium!


Speaker: Ms. Trish Aleshire
Location: Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 Highway 10
(Limit 70)
 


3. Plant-mania: The Best and Brightest in New Landscape Plants
With universities and nurseries working together to evaluate new plants in trial gardens around the southeast, the introduction of new materials for our Southern landscapes continues at a fever pitch. Some exciting new plants on the horizon include a white flowering ShiShi Gashira camellia, variegated loropetalums, disease resistant hybrid tea roses, and more.  We also want the best in new plants that are "easy care" and have minimal pest and disease issues.  This results in designations such as "Louisiana Super Plants". Hear about plants, plants and more plants in this informative presentation that will also include cultural practice suggestions. Door prizes provided!

Speaker:  Dr. Allen Owings
Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Parish Hall, 11485 Ferdinand Street
(Limit 75)
 


4. Orchids: From the King's Conservatory to the Grocery Store - How To Grow These Royal Plants In Louisiana
Dr. Terry Rehn, a retired cardiologist, has grown orchids in South Louisiana for over 30 years. Over the past few years there has been a marked increase in the number and availability of orchids that are available to the public. Some of these will thrive and rebloom here in Louisiana while others will not. Learn how to select orchids that will grow here and about repotting and other culure techniques necessary to be successful.  Various options for growing orchids without a greenhouse will also be demonstrated.  Some orchids that can be successfully grown here will shared as well as door prizes.

Speaker:  Dr. Terry Rehn
Location: Temple Sinai, 4740 Prosperity Street
(Limit 75)
 


5. Secrets of the Asian-Cajun Gardener
Join Horticulturist Sensei Walter Imahara, and niece Landscape Architect Wanda Chase, for a lively, entertaining tour in their family’s Arboretum. They will share `Family Secrets’ on how to create and maintain healthy, beautiful gardens. `Not necessarily the book-taught way’, but expert knowledge gained from 3-generations of proven landscape success. Learn secrets on bed preparation, fertilizing, planting and pruning, and discover Walter’s `favorite old plants’ and Wanda’s `popular new plants’.

Speakers: Mr. Walter Imahara and Mrs. Wanda Chase
Location: Imahara's Botanical Garden, 5341 Mahoney Road
(Limit 30)



12:00 p.m. Lunch


Enjoy a delightful gourment lunch at Afton Villa Ruins Gardens, 9047 Highway 61. Stroll the gardens, visit with speakers and fellow gardeners , and browse the book and tool sales.

1:15–2:30 p.m. Afternoon Workshops (Choose one.)
 
 
1. Going on Safari in Your Own Backyard
For over twenty years, the writings of Margaret Gratz have distinguished her as “The Earth Lady” in her hometown of Tupelo, Mississipi. Her four books Wildflower Watch, At Home in the Earth Lady's Garden, Charlie on Safari, and Butterflies, were inspired by the many creatures that have visited her garden throughout the years.  In this program, she will share how to attract and enjoy wildlife in your own garden, from birds to butterflies, and more! 


Speaker:  Mrs. Margaret Gratz
Location: Jackson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church, 11621 Ferdinand Street
(Limit 135)
 

2. Rosedown’s Gardens: Past, Present and Future
(Repeat of Morning Session)


Speaker: Ms. Trish Aleshire
Location: Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 Highway 10
(Limit 70)

 
3. Plant-mania: The Best and Brightest in New Landscape Plants
(Repeat of Morning Session)


Speaker:  Dr. Allen Owings
Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Parish Hall, 11485 Ferdinand Street
(Limit 75)
 

4. Orchids: From the King's Conservatory to the Grocery Store - How To Grow These Royal Plants In Louisiana
(Repeat of Morning Session)


Speaker:  Dr. Terry Rehn
Location: Temple Sinai, 4740 Prosperity Street
(Limit 75)
 
 
5. Secrets of the Asian-Cajun Gardener  SOLD OUT
(Repeat of Morning Session)


Speakers:  Mr. Walter Imahara and Mrs. Wanda Chase
Location:  Imahara's Botanical Garden, 5341 Mahoney Road
(Limit 30)
 


6:30 p.m. Speakers’ Gala
 
Always a highlight of the symposium weekend, the 2017 Speakers’ Gala will be held at Rosale Plantation, the elegant private home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Truitt, located at 10376 Highway 61.

 

Saturday, October 21

Hemingbough

Hemingbough is located at 10101 Highway 965, off of Highway 61 south of St. Francisville. A symposium sign will be posted on Highway 61.


8:30 a.m. Registration

Arrive early to enjoy refreshments on the terrace and browse the book, plant, and garden tool sales. Visit Arlin Dease’s lovely gardens and grounds at Hemingbough.

9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions


Dr. Neil Odenwald, Master of Proceedings

9:30 a.m. Louisiana's Medical Marijuana Initiative


In 2015 the Louisiana legislature passed an act allowing people with certain debilitating medical conditions ot obtain a doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana.  The LSU AgCenter was granted a license to produce medical marijuana.  Dr. Richardson will discuss the center's plan of operation developed to address the financing, facilities, equipment, personnel and security of the medical marijuana initiative.


Speaker: Dr. William Richardson

10:00 a.m. Trial to Design
:  Case Studies from the Dallas Arboretum

We have different challenges in the South from the remainder of the country when it comes to our planting selections. When given the amazing opportunity to design 66 acres of annual color four times a year totaling over 450,000 plants, there is very little room for poor performance. With trial gardens, the designer can see firsthand how plant material will respond in our region.  From trial to design, see how a world class garden such as the Dallas Arboretum is created.

Speaker: Ms. Jenny Wegley

10:50 a.m. Break


Participate in silent auction, book, plant and tool sales.


11:10 a.m. Beauty and Utility: Thomas Jefferson's Botanical Laboratory at Monticello


Jefferson's love of Monticello resulted in a lifelong dedication to the gardens, landscapes, and views of his iconic Palladian villa and he labored on the house and grounds for more than sixty years. This presentation features many old favorites as well as newly discovered heirloom varieties that can be found in Monticello’s historic gardens today.

Speaker: Ms. Peggy Cornett


12:00 p.m. Lunch


Book, plant and tool sales, silent auction continue.


1:00 p.m. Close of Silent Auction


Winning bids will be distributed at the conclusion of Dr. Larson's program.


1:10 p.m. Aliens In The Garden: The Good and The Bad of Invasive Species


We plant species from around the world in our gardens, often for their beauty, yet some of them can spread widely as ‘invasive species’ and have various economic and environmental impacts. This entertaining presentation will weigh the benefits of having non-native/exotic/alien species in our gardens against their potential impacts, especially in the context of widespread ecological and environmental change.

Speaker: Dr. Brendon Larson


2:00 p.m. Adjourn


Symposium volunteers will be on hand to assist guests with their silent auction and plant purchases.


2:15 p.m. Afternoon Tea


Enjoy an elegant afternoon tea at Dogwood Plantation, the private home of Mr. and Mrs. Rob Couhig, located at 4363 Highway 966.

 

Contact Phone Number

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225-635-3738

 

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