2000 Oktober Gartenfest
Texas Gardens: Something Old, Something New
October 27-28, 2000
Round Top, Texas

The seventh Winedale Gardening Symposium follows highly successful programs each year since 1994. This year’s topic ‘Texas Gardens: Something Old, Something New’, will cover many of the defining characteristics of both old and new garden interpretations suitable for Texas conditions.

In this symposium we will examine a range of plant material from the hardy and drought-resistant Texas natives first brought into gardens by the earliest settlers, through well-beloved old garden favorites resurrected for use under today’s conditions, to the newest introductions.

Friday afternoon. An exciting and all new feature of this year’s program is a self-guided tour of gardens in the Round Top area. Tony Scanapico has organized an interesting and diverse set of private gardens that will be open from 1:30 until 5:30 on Friday. Registration for the tour will be at the entrance to Henkel Square in Round Top and begins at 1:30, Friday October 27th. Maps will be provided along with a list of the gardens on tour. Included are the Diers garden with two ponds and a waterfall; the Cantwell Garden, featuring an English style cottage garden; the Levien garden including plants for drying and gourds; the Scanapico garden with over 160 antique roses, and the Round Top Retreat garden with several hundred oak, cedar and pine trees. Also included on the tour are the McAshan gardens and plantings at Festival Hill and the buildings of Henkel Square itself, a museum village nationally recognized as an authentic restoration of the Anglo-American and German American 19th century culture of the area. There are numerous themes to the plantings around the Menke House at Festival Hill, such as the Walled, Cloister, Terrace, Container, Vine and Step gardens. Newest of is the Pharmacy garden with a collection of rare medicinal plants from around the world used in medicines, perfumes and cosmetics.

Friday evening at Festival Hill. Registration for the evening at Festival Hill is limited, and has been an early sellout every year. Included are opportunities for further visiting of the Festival Hill Herb Gardens, reception at Menke House, and dinner under the direction of Gwen Barclay and her staff. After dinner, Marian Buchanan will entertain the guests with a program titled, ‘Trials and Tribulations of a Gardener’. Marian is a Dallas County Master Gardener and is well known for creating habitats for wildlife and butterflies. Her program will focus on the humorous aspects of a gardener’s life.

Saturday program at Winedale. The Meadows Foundation Education Center will be the site of the Saturday program, lunch and plant sale. Speakers will continue the theme of ‘Something Old, Something New’ with a series of interesting programs.

Dr. William C. Welch, Extension Landscape Horticulturist at Texas A&M University, will begin with introductory information defining the judicious use of old, new and native plant material in the modern gardenscape. He is well known throughout Texas and the South for his work with perennials, antique roses, and Southern garden history. His books Perennial Garden Color, Antique Roses for the South, The Southern Heirloom Garden, and most recently The Bountiful Flower Garden, are popular references on our Southern gardening heritage.

Following the Welcome and Introduction by Bill Welch and Kate Adams will be a program by Robert Anderson, ASLA, entitled, ‘Resource Efficient Landscape Designs’. Bob is from Austin, and has designed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Garden, the new Austin airport and numerous other projects known for their low water use. He will talk to us about how we can create home gardens that are both beautiful and water efficient.

Robert Richter, Travis County Extension Horticulturist, will next talk on ‘A Sensible Look at Organic Gardening’. He, too, is from Austin, where he trains and supervises the Master Gardener Program and is well known for his media work. Robert will provide the participants with common sense and science-based information on applying organic gardening methods to their gardens.

Following mid-morning coffee, Greg Grant will speak on ‘Heat and Drought Tolerant Color for Texas Gardens’. Greg teaches Horticulture at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. He also is a plant breeder and avid gardener. This program will focus on “Texas Tough” plants that all of us can grow successfully.

Plant sale. Just prior to the catered lunch at noon on Saturday participants registered for the program are invited to a very special plant sale ably coordinated by Jayme and Harley Ponder. This year’s offerings are more exciting than ever. A slide presentation by Dr. William C. Welch will feature many of the plants under discussion. Aubrey King, third-generation East Texas nurseryman, D. Greg Grant, faculty member at Stephen F. Austin University and gardening authority located in Cherokee County, and Heidi Sheesley /Bill Rohde of Treesearch Farms in Houston have all contributed to the outstanding selection of desirable plants at the Sale. Proceeds go toward landscape development of the Winedale Historical Center.

Following lunch at the Pavilion area at Winedale, Heidi Sheesley and Bill Rohde will present a fascinating program entitled, ‘Old and New Fruits, Shrubs and Perennials for Texas Gardens’ based on their considerable knowledge of proven fruits, nuts and perennials suitable for our state. Treesearch Farms is a large wholesale producer of specialty nursery crops in the Houston area.

The final presentation will be ‘Habitat Gardening’ by Mark Bowen, who has become well known for creating beautiful habitat type gardens in Houston. He recently coordinated a highly successful gardening course at Rice University and is author of a popular book Habitat Gardening for Houston. Mark will show us how we can create a garden that reflects the natural beauty of our area while providing an inviting environment for birds and wildlife.

(Note: Texas Master Gardeners may now earn 8 hours of recertification credit by attending the Saturday lecture series).


Friday, October 27, 2000
l:30 - 5:30 p.m.
This year participants will have the option of self-guided tours in the Round Top area. Registration for the tour will be at the entrance to Henkel Square in Round Top, Texas.

6:30 p.m.
Reception and dinner planned by Gwen Barclay at the Menke House, Festival Hill, followed by a program by Marian Buchanan titled, Trials and Tribulations of a Gardener.

Saturday, October 28, 2000
8:30 - 8:50 a.m.
Registration - Meadows Building, UT Winedale Historical Center
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions - William C. Welch and Kate Adams.
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Resource Efficient Landscape Designs
– Robert Anderson, ASLA.
9:45 - l0:30 a.m.
A Sensible Look at Organic Gardening – Robert Richter, Travis County Extension Horticulturist.
l0:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Coffee Break.
10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Heat and Drought Tolerant Color for Texas Gardens -
Greg Grant, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches.
11:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Review of plants included in the plant sale - William C. Welch.
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch at Winedale and plant sale.
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
Old and New Fruits, Shrubs and Perennials for Texas Gardens –
Heidi Sheesley and Bill Rohde, Treesearch Farms, Houston
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Habitat Gardening –
Mark Bowen, Houston gardener and naturalist
2:45 - 3:30 p.m. - Plant sale

For information about overnight accommodations in the Round Top area contact Gloria Jaster at the UT Winedale Center (979) 278-3530 or fax (979) 278-3531.