Stuart Gauthier, Schultz, Bruce
News Release Distributed 05/16/06
ABBEVILLE – The 2006 Daylily Festival is set for June 3 and will feature an expert on edible and useful plants found in Gulf Coast states.
Dr. Charles Allen works at Fort Polk as an environmental manager and is a retired biology professor from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He also is a charter member of the Louisiana Native Plant Society and was its president from 1995 until 1997.
Allen has organized and led many field trips throughout Louisiana and has made presentations on edible and useful plants to many groups in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. He is co-author of several books, including "Edible Plants of the Gulf South," "Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Louisiana" and "Grasses of Louisiana." He also is the co-author of "Wildflowers of Louisiana" under review by LSU Press.
The expert said he will have samples of teas and spices he has prepared from native plants, as well as samples of wild plants that can be used in salads.
"I will have dried and fresh plants," he said, adding that even the festival’s namesake can be eaten.
"Daylily flower buds are very popular in the Orient," he said.
The Daylily Festival will feature more than 70 booths of plants, gardening-related items and food. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Abbeville under the century-old oak trees of Magdalene Square. If the weather is bad, however, it will be moved to the Cecil J. McCrory Building at 1105 W. Port St.
The event is being presented by Abbeville Main Street, Abbeville Chamber of Commerce and the LSU AgCenter.
Allen will speak at 9 a.m. He will be followed by LSU AgCenter Master Gardener Betty Tujaque of Lafayette, who will make a presentation on garden photography. Designer Cheryl Taylor will talk at 11 a.m. on using the energy of flowers for feng shui.
Vermilion Parish 4-H Garden Contest awards will be announced at 12:15 p.m.
Then, at 1 p.m., Dr. Don Reed of the LSU AgCenter will talk about dealing with nuisance wildlife. The final presentation will be made by Dr. Ron Strahan of the LSU AgCenter, who will discuss weed control in flower beds and lawns.
For more information, contact Charlene Beckett of Abbeville Main Street at (337) 898-4110, Stuart Gauthier of the LSU AgCenter at (337) 898-4335 or Rebecca Shirley with the Abbeville Chamber of Commerce at (337) 893-2491.