Southern Garden Symposium   St. Francisville, Louisiana    October 19 & 20, 2018

 

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Friday, October 19

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.

9:00 a.m. Registration
Arrive at your morning workshop location and enjoy light refreshments.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Morning Workshops (Choose one.)

 

1.  Floral Inspirations
Participants will enjoy watching as Paige Canfield, owner of Sumner B. Designs, creates several floral designs using her favorite loose, romantic style and locally sourced products.  Learn how flowers can be adapted to many different containers and scaled to room size accordingly.

Speaker:  Ms. Paige Canfield
Location:   Afton Villa Ruins Gardens, 9047 U.S. Highway 61 north of St. Francisville
(Limit 100)

 

2. Heritage Roses: From Beacons of the Past to Hope for the Future

Care and cultivation of old garden roses will be the focus of this workshop.  Prepare to be inspired as Peggy Martin shares the story of the rose that bears her name and how they both survived the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Following Peggy’s program, guests will be taken on a guided tour of Rosedown’s famous gardens and newly restored conservatory.

(Registration fee includes grounds admission.  House tour can be purchased separately at Rosedown.)


Speakers: Ms. Peggy Martin and Ms. Trish Aleshire
Location: Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 Highway 10
(Limit 40)

 

3. Fresh From the Garden
Gardens are grown in various shapes and sizes. Join Dr. Kiki Fontenot to learn about growing a vegetable garden in your yard. This interactive presentation will cover information related to seeding, maintaining, and harvesting vegetable crops in small gardens. Specific information will be provided on pest management, fertilizer selection, irrigation techniques, and recommended vegetable varieties for Louisiana. Be prepared to plant seeds and take cuttings so you can begin growing too!

The second half of this workshop will feature the return of one of the symposium’s most popular speakers, Greg Grant.  As a lifelong vegetable gardener, this entertaining program about his own passion for growing and eating fresh produce year-round is sure to inspire!

Speakers:  Dr. Kiki Fontenot and Mr. Greg Grant
Location: Jackson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church, 11621 Ferdinand St.
(Limit 50)

 

4. Small Space, Big Impact
Although creating small scale gardens may seem easier to deal with than larger ones, careful planning is just as, or even more, critical.  In this workshop, Dan Gill will provide tips to help you plan your garden when every square inch counts.

The smaller landscape can also present challenges in selecting appropriate plants that compliment the design.  In the second half of this workshop, Nicholas Staddon will provide a highly visual presentation filled with excellent plant material selections for smaller spaces and containers.  Door prizes!

Speakers:  Mr. Dan Gill and Mr. Nicholas Staddon
Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Parish Hall, 11485 Ferdinand Street
(Limit 50)

11:30 a.m. -  1:00 p.m. Lunch

Enjoy a delightful gourmet 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.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Workshops (Choose one.)

 

1. Wildlife Garden Design: Concepts and Considerations
Attracting birds to our gardens requires more than putting out bird baths and feeders.  In this workshop, naturalist Bill Fontenot will identify natural habitat components that are crucial to bird life and will translate those components into human-built landscapes in a way that is both functional and beautiful.  

Following Bill’s program, guests will be taken on a guided nature walk on the grounds of Oakley Plantation, where artist and naturalist John James Audubon sketched 32 drawings featured in his Birds of America collection.

(Registration fee includes grounds admission.  House tour can be purchased separately at Audubon State Historic Site.)

Speakers:  Mr. Bill Fontenot and Mr. Daniel Wilcox
Location: Audubon State Historic Site - Oakley Plantation, 11788 Highway 965
(Limit 60)

2. Heritage Roses: From Beacons of the Past to Hope for the Future
(Repeat of morning session.)

Speakers: Ms. Peggy Martin and Ms. Trish Aleshire
Location: Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 Highway 10
(Limit 40)


 

3. Fresh From the Garden
(Repeat of morning session.)

Speakers:  Dr. Kiki Fontenot and Mr. Greg Grant
Location: Jackson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church, 11621 Ferdinand St.
(Limit 70)

4. Small Space, Big Impact
(Repeat of morning session.)

Speakers:  Mr. Dan Gill and Mr. Nicholas Staddon
Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Parish Hall, 11485 Ferdinand Street
(Limit 70)

 


6:30 p.m. Speakers’ Gala

Always a highlight of the symposium weekend, the 2018 Speakers’ Gala will be held at The Oaks, the private home of  Mr. and Mrs. Edward Daniel III, located at 8042 U.S. Highway 61.  (Limit 100)


Saturday, October 20

Hemingbough

Hemingbough is located off U.S. 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. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

Andrea Wulf reveals in her latest book the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Wulf traces Humboldt’s influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature,  bringing this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life.

Speaker: Ms. Andrea Wulf

 

10:30 a.m. Break

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


11:00 a.m. The Changing Nature of Gardening: Part One

Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception.  In this program, Doug Tallamy will explain why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us and how we can use our residential landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us. It is time to create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than destroy them.

Speaker: Dr. Doug Tallamy

12:00 p.m. Lunch

Book, plant and tool sales, silent auction continue.


1:00 p.m. Book Signing and Close of Silent Auction

Winning bids will be distributed at the conclusion of Mr. Darke's program.

1:30 p.m. The Changing Nature of Gardening: Part Two

In an era when human activity is the primary factor disrupting ecological communities, the notion of Nature as a sentient other capable of restoring essential relationships is no longer helpful.  Gardeners – who practice the art of nurturing life – will be key agents in repairing and sustaining living landscapes.  Rick Darke will explore thought-provoking concepts and ethics that change the way we think of “Nature” and the way we approach the practice of gardening.

Speaker: Mr. Rick Darke

2:30 p.m. Adjourn

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

2:45 p.m. Afternoon Tea
Enjoy an elegant afternoon tea at Hillcroft, the private home of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchel Brashier, located at 9732 Royal Street.

 

 

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225-635-3738

 

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