Stuart Gauthier, Schultz, Bruce
ABBEVILLE – The LSU AgCenter will again sponsor free educational seminars on gardening during the Sixth Annual Daylily Festival and Garden Show on Saturday, June 2.
Presentations will be in the Abbeville Historical and Cultural Alliance Center, previously the Vermilion Parish Library, located on the North side of Magdalen Square.
This year’s keynote speaker is Ann Justice, columnist for the Daily Advertiser and an author of several gardening related books.
Her talk on her book, "Blooming Trees and Shrubs of the Coastal South: By Sequence of Bloom," will begin at 9 a.m. The book, expected to be released in the fall, is an illustrated guide that provides a sequential timetable for bloom and basic information about flowering trees and shrubs.
Justice will offer a unique look at what plants seasonally bloom in chronological order across Acadiana. Her talk will allow area gardeners to make landscaping plans that can potentially provide continual color in the garden.
Justice, who writes about plants that thrive in the South, has written a question-and-answer gardening column for the Daily Advertiser since 1994, and her first book was titled "Ornamental Gardening in Acadiana and the Gulf Coast: Questions and Answers." She also has written articles for Louisiana Gardener magazine.
Justice and her husband live in Lafayette, where she enjoys tending the small gardens that surround their New Orleans-style townhouse.
The complete lineup of speakers and events at the Daylily festival include:
–9 a.m., "Blooming Trees and Shrubs in the Coastal South," by Justice.
–10 a.m., "Container Vegetable Gardening," by LSU AgCenter county agent Stuart Gauthier. Gauthier’s presentation and plant display will cover the basics of successful container growing from plant and soil selection to water and soil fertility.
–10 a.m., Plant Swap Registration, Magdalean Square Gazebo, sponsored by the Lafayette Master Gardeners (informal trading at 9 a.m.).
–11 a.m., "The Mystery of the Sunflower and the Debut of the Daylily," a children’s program for preschoolers through fourth graders by Lafayette Master Gardener Glenda Balliviero. Participants will learn about the basics of gardening, they will plant a seed and make a sunflower craft.
–12:15 p.m., Vermilion Parish Garden Contest Awards. More than 40 Vermilion Parish 4-H members will be recognized for their participation in the 4-H garden contest. Contestants are required to personally care for a small flower garden or vegetable garden, and they are judged by Master Gardeners on their ability to answer questions about their garden.
In addition to the speakers at the Cultural Center, there will be a "Bloomin Art" exhibit featuring paintings by area artists. Each artist created a unique floral still life or landscape.
For more information about the speakers at the 2007 Daylily Festival, contact Gauthier at (337) 898-4335 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit him at the LSU AgCenter Extension Service office at 1105 West Port Street in Abbeville.