10th Annual Oktober Gartenfest - "Creating a Texas Country Garden...A Harvest of Ideas"

In the Mize Garden

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 at 6:30 p.m., and dinner at 7:00 p.m. under the direction of Gwen Barclay and her staff.

After dinner, there will be a program of entertainment by Dr. George Ray McEachern of Texas A&M University, on "Texas Wines...Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

Saturday program at Winedale

Following the Welcome and Introduction by Bill Welch and Denise Mayorga, representing the Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin, will be a program by Bart Brechter on "Bayou Bend...Maintaining a Garden's Integrity." He will share with us details of how herbaceous materials, as well as shrubs and trees, have been influenced by both gardening concepts and by nature through the years since the garden's inception under the exacting eye of Miss Ima Hogg. Houston's climactic conditions and attendant storms and/or high water have also contributed to alterations of the treescapes at Bayou Bend.

Ethne Clarke has written extensively on English and European gardening, and has recently left her home and three-year-old garden in Austin for a new position as Garden Editor at Traditional Homes magazine in Des Moines, Iowa. She will return to Texas to speak on Cottage Gardens, Traditions, Trends and Texas."

Dr. Jimmy Boudreaux is an Extension Specialist in Commercial Vegetables, Strawberries and Citrus at the LSU Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He will discuss two separate subjects: "Figs and Citrus for Texas Gardens" and "Vegetables for Texas Gardens." His slides will surely whet the appetite of the audience to try out these hard-to-find fruit and vegetable varieties.

Greg Grant has bred and introduced many horticultural plants to the Texas gardening public. He will speak on "Cottage Garden Plants and Preview of the Plant Sale." His accompanying slides will give viewers many details of the featured sale plants, especially important when newly introduced or newly rediscovered varieties are being discussed.

Henry Flowers of the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and formerly at the Antique Rose Emporium, will lecture on "Desiging the Country Cottage Garden." Many of the participants are already aware of Henry's creative abilities with both plant material and the design of garden structures.


Friday, October 24, 2003:

   5:00 p.m.            Gartenfest registration begins at the Menke House, Festival Hill.
   6:30 p.m.            Reception and dinner planned by Gwen Barclay at the Menke House,
                            followed by a program by Dr. George Ray McEachern of Texas A&M
                            University entitled, 'Texas Wines....Yesterday, Today And

Saturday, October 25, 2003:

   8:30 - 8:50 a.m.     Registration - Meadows Building, Winedale, UT Center for American History

8:50 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions - William C. Welch and Denise Mayorga
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Bayou Bend - Maintaining a Garden's Integrity - Bart Brechtler
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Cottage Gardens, Traditions, Trends and Texas - Ethne Clarke
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Coffee break
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Figs and Citrus for Texas Gardens - Dr. Jimmy Boudreaux
11:30 - 12:15 p.m. Cottage Garden Plants & Preview of Plant Sale - Greg Grant
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon and plant sale
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Vegetables for Texas Gardens - Dr. Jimmy Boudreaux
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Designing the Country Cottage Garden - Henry Flowers
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Plant sale continues. Tours commence.