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Save the date: October 20 and 21, 2017

Registration will open in April.

Note: This page is still under construction.

 

 

 

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 from the LSU AgCenter

The introduction of new plants for our Southern landscapes continues at a fever pitch. New plants coming include a white flowering ShiShi Gashira camellia, variegated loropetalums, disease resistant hybrid tea roses, and more. The LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station works with leading nurseries across the country in the trialing and evaluation of new landscape plants. In addition, the LSU AgCenter offers plant recommendations each year via the Louisiana Super Plant program and the newer Plants with Potential program. We also have many “new crops” for Louisiana now – from tea (Camellia sinensis) to olives, more figs. 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 and others will not. Dr. Rehn will show which orchids will be able to be grown here and how to select them.  Repotting is frequently a prerequisite to success. Dr. Rehn will discuss this and other culture techniques necessary to be successful.  There are also a number of options for growing orchids without having to invest in a greenhouse.  The options that are working for hobbyists in the area will 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.  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. Best New Southern 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: Care and Cultivation

(Repeat of Morning Session)

Speaker: Dr. Terry Rehn

Location: Temple Sinai, 4740 Prosperity Street

(Limit 75)

 

 

5. Secrets of the Asian-Cajun Gardener
(Repeat of Morning Session)

Speakers: Mr. Walter Imahara and Mrs. Wanda Chase

Location: Imahara's Botanical Garden, 5341 Mahoney Road

(Limit 30)

 

 

 

6:00 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 U.S. Highway 61.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

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. Louisiana's Medical Marijuana Initiative
The LSU AgCenter was granted a license to produce medical marijuana as part of a state initiative that the Legislature signed into effect in 2015, known as the Alison Neustrom Act. This act allows people with certain debilitating medical conditions to obtain a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana. The law gave the LSU and Southern agricultural centers the first right of refusal to be licensed as the production facility for medical marijuana. The AgCenter developed a plan of operation that addresses the financing, facilities, equipment, personnel and security of the medical marijuana initiative. The growth and production of medical marijuana will be done according to stringent rules set by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Rules for doctor recommendations will be set by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, and guidelines for distribution will be set by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

Speaker: Dr. William Richardson


10:00 a.m. (Topic/Plant Materials)

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. Peggy Cornett’s PowerPoint 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.

 

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