Thirteenth Annual Oktober Gartenfest

"Time Tested Plants for Tough Times...."

October 27-28, 2006
Winedale, Texas

Echinacea sanguinea
Echinacea sanguinea, one of Greg Grant's favorite East Texas wildflowers

Another popular Oktober Gartenfest symposium will take place on October 27th and 28th, 2006 at Winedale, near Round Top, Texas, in Fayette County.

The Symposium is hosted by The University of Texas Center for American History and its Winedale Division, in cooperation with Texas Cooperative Extension Texas A&M University System, The Herb Society of America Pioneer Unit and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, TX.

Participants will enjoy excellent meals as well as lectures of interest to Texas gardeners, historians and native plant enthusiasts. Topics this year will include material on bulbs common to early Texas gardens and details of our local food heritage. Other presentations will cover tough and reliable plants for our region that are both attractive and manageable in terms of gardening effort, discussion of what is - and what isn't - a native plant, and bulb-hunting "in the pasture."

There will be a sale of rare, hard-to-find, heirloom and novel plants for the avid gardener. Aubrey King of King's Nursery, Tenaha, Texas, and Greg Grant of Stephen F. Austin University will highlight many of the sale's featured plants in their slide shows.

Tours -Tours will take place on Saturday afternoon after the close of the symposium and plant sale. Written directions to the gardens will be available upon registration for the symposium. The gardens of Charlotte Meyer-Russell Miller, Elisa Henderson, Milt and Barbara Williams, and Festival Hill will be featured.

Gartenfest registration will begin on the Menke House (Festival Hill) front porch at 5:00 p.m.

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

Friday evening at Festival Hill-Registration for the evening at Festival Hill is limited and has been an early sellout every year. This event includes opportunities for further visiting of the Festival Hill Herb Gardens, a reception at Menke House at 6:30, and dinner at 7:00 under the direction of John Reynolds and his staff. After dinner, there will be a program of entertainment by Agelia McGowan, "From the Garden to the Table".

Saturday program at Winedale-The day starts with a Welcome and Introduction by Bill Welch, Texas A&M University and Pancho Howze of The University of Texas Center for American History. The Plant Sale will commence at the beginning of the luncheon period, and resume after the meeting has finished.

Aubrey King, Texas horticulturist and owner of the King Nursery in Tenaha, TX, (near Nacogdoches, Texas) and Greg Grant of Stephen F. Austin University will present the "Preview of the Plant Sale" - especially the rare and unusual items to be bid for in the special Silent Plant Auction. Many of these will be heirloom varieties, rare cultivars or interesting new introductions.

Chris Wiesinger, a recent Texas A&M University horticulture graduate, will review the discovery and collection of antique Southern bulbs in "Found in the Pasture."

Brad Stufflebeam, local organic farmer/gardener, will talk on "Our Local Food Heritage." He gardens in the rural area very close to Winedale, and very involved with the Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association.

Kathy Huber, well known garden writer for The Houston Chronicle, will share her knowledge with the participants through her talk, "Practical and Pretty…Good-Looking Gardens that are Easy on the Gardener."

Greg Grant will entertain the audience with accounts of his East Texas adventures in "Running Wild with the Natives."