Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Garden Affair to feature Biltmore Estate Florist

    The Washington Garden Club is hosting its fifth annual Greaux Green Garden Affair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington. The focus of this fee event is to educate the public about horticulture, conservation, preservation and beautification of homes and landscapes.
    A full slate of experts will discuss and take questions about a host of related topics. Dr. Carlos Smith, noted horticulturist, will begin the day with his lecture, “From a Cell to a Flowering Plant.”
    He will be followed by speakers from the LSU-AG Department who will talk about pecan and citrus trees (including how to graft each). Dr. Kathryn Fontenot will talk about vegetable gardening.
    At 1 p.m., Mary Quirk, a native of Washington who now does floral arranging at the Biltmore Estates in Ashville, NC, will present floral arrangement methods.
    There will be activities, exhibits and vendors on the grounds, including conservation, birds, butterflies, herbs and bees. Food, cracklins and hand craft items will be available for sale. A floral container by Mary Quirk and a vegetable container garden by Rebecca Bernhard, a garden club member, will be raffled.
    Admission is free. The Garden Affair is supported by the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission and sponsored by Sue Brignac and Washington State Bank.

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