Fri, Oct 15 | St Francisville, LA 70775, USA

(CANCELED) Workshops

Join other enthusiastic gardeners for a full day of workshops and garden tours. Please register for one of the following offerings in the morning and another session in the afternoon. Everyone will gather at Afton Villa for a gourmet lunch in Genevieve Munson Trimble’s romantic Ruins Garden.
(CANCELED) Workshops

Time & Location

Oct 15, 9:00 AM CDT – Oct 16, 5:00 PM CDT
St Francisville, LA 70775, USA

About the Event

MORNING WORKSHOPS

1. Flowers in the French Style - Ms. Laura Dowling, author, speaker, designer, and former Chief Floral Designer at the White House, will present an inspiring design program featuring her signature style floral tips and techniques. She will share ideas for creating natural décor for the autumn season, including bouquets, wreaths and centerpieces – inspired by her passion for French design. Speaker: Ms. Laura Dowling Location: Afton Villa Ruins Gardens,  9047 Highway 61 north of  St. Francisville (Limit 100) 

2. Bonsai 101 - Intended for anyone interested in practicing bonsai from the beginner’s level as well as more advanced bonsai enthusiasts. Following a brief lecture on the origins and history of the art, participants will begin creating unique starter bonsai trees using ordinary garden center material. Speaker: Mr. Evan Pardue Location: Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site,  12501 Highway 10 (Limit 15) 

3. Full Bloom: Garden, Greenhouse, Table - After conducting a champagne tour of the grounds, Brandon Branch will share his garden tested tips to optimize plants from the garden and greenhouse to the table. Learn as he discusses foraging his gardens and making use of cuttings year round for entertaining at the St. Francisville Inn. Speaker: Mr. Brandon Branch Location: St. Francisville Inn,  5720 Commerce Street (Limit 25) Friday, October 15, 2021 

4. Gardening with Grains in Containers – Discover the many benefits of cultivating grains such as barley, oats or wheat, including growing your own birdseed. Ms. Arthur will share expert growing advice, including seed sowing instructions, soil recommendations, organic fertilizer selections and long term care for winter interest containers. This unique session will inspire attendees to look at new crops with fresh eyes. Speaker: Ms. Brie Arthur Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church  11485 Ferdinand Street (Limit 50)

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

 1. Funky Little Flower Farm - Saving the Family Farm  - Jenks Farmer’s horticulture company includes garden design and building, but the heart of the business is his small experimental farm near Augusta, Georgia. He will share stories of bringing a failing southern farmstead, old barns, fat donkeys and rich red clay, into the modern world. He will describe the unique lily farming operation which focuses on a new crop of Crinum, old southern pass-along lilies. Speaker: Mr. Jenks Farmer Location: Jackson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church 11621 Ferdinand Street (Limit 80)

 2. Southeastern Natives for Bonsai - This workshop is intended for anyone interested in expanding his knowledge of bonsai and experimenting with Louisiana native species. Using locally collected material Mr. Pardue will construct a bonsai forest scene on driftwood, explaining the principles of building a composition that is believable on a small scale. Participants will construct their own miniature forests. Speaker: Mr. Evan Pardue Location: Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 Highway 10 (Limit 10)  

3. Full Bloom: Garden, Greenhouse, Table (Repeat of Morning Session) Speaker: Mr. Brandon Branch Location: St. Francisville Inn (Limit 25) 

4. Gardening with Grains in Containers (Repeat of Morning Session) Speaker: Ms. Brie Arthur Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 11485 Ferdinand Street (Limit 50)

Schedule


  • 30 minutes

    Registration

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