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

Dalechampia dioscoreifolia
Dalechampia dioscoreifolia
in the Mize Garden

Friday Evening at Festival Hill

Registration for the evening at Festival Hill was limited and has been an early sellout every year. This event included 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, there was 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 of The Center for American History at The University of Texas (see also Speakers and Kate Adams Retires), Bart Brechter spoke on Bayou Bend...Maintaining a Garden's Integrity. He detailed 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.

Ethne Clarke has written extensively on English and European gardening, and has recently left her home and recently created garden in Austin for a new position as Garden Editor at Traditional Homes magazine in Des Moines, Iowa. She returned 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 discussed two separate subjects: Figs and Citrus for Texas Gardens and Vegetables for Texas Gardens. His slides whetted 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 spoke on Cottage Garden Plants and Preview of the Plant Sale. His accompanying slides gave viewers many details of the featured sale plants, many of which are newly introduced or newly rediscovered varieties.

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

The Tenth Oktober Gartenfest Symposium, Winedale, Texas, is a joint collaboration between Texas Cooperative Extension and The University of Texas Center for American History (Dr. William C. Welch, Committee Chairman).

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