2017 Symposium Program Information
2017 Biedenharn Garden Symposium and Plant Sale
Monroe, Louisiana’s Biedenharn Museum and Gardens announces an exciting line-up for its 27th annual Garden Symposium including three speakers Peggy Martin, Jim Long and Brandon Chase Welborn along with a number of vendors at the plant sale.
Friday’s Symposium will bring 100+ avid gardeners from throughout the region to the Biedenharn for two morning sessions on gardening topics, lunch and an afternoon of floral design. The day starts with coffee and fellowship from 9:00 to 9:45 on the terrace of ELsong Gardens. Registration is $65 and includes lunch. Additionally, Symposium attendees are the first to be able to purchase plants and other items at the plant sale. Saturday's plant sale is open to the general public from 8:30 – 1:00).
Peggy Martin – The Peggy Martin Rose has been a best seller at the Biedenharn’s Plant Sale. This year its namesake is one of the featured speakers. The "Peggy Martin Rose" was one of only two plants surviving 20 feet of salt water that engulfed Martin’s garden in Plaquemines Parish after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in late August, 2005. This amazingly strong rose has since become commercially available and has been very popular in the Monroe area as a rose that can withstand anything nature throws at it. William Welch says it “has become a symbol among gardeners and rose lovers of a tenacious plant associated with a spirit of renewal and regrowth in the aftermath of a devastating blow of Nature against those living and gardening in the Gulf Coast area.”
Jim Long – Jim began using flowers in his meals in his local 4-H club when he was in his early teens. Over the years as a summer cook in restaurants and at his business, Long Creek Herb Farm, he’s cooked for groups of all ages, Jim has developed a substantial repertoire of delicious and fascinating ways to use flowers for food. Long’s talk will include recipes, flower identification, an edible flower lists and an opportunity for tasting! Jim has written extensively for a variety of magazines and newspapers and has traveled world-wide, searching for interesting new herbs and vegetables.
Brandon Chase Welborn – The floral design session is always a big hit to close the day after lunch. This year creativity abounds as Welborn takes flowers, containers and lots of imagination to create wonderful arrangements that you can adapt to your decorating and entertaining needs.
Plant Sale – The Biedenharn’s Annual Plant Sale is held the day after the Symposium, Saturday, April 22 from 8:30 – Noon. The sale will feature a variety of unique and hard to find specimens, including plants that have come from within the walls of ELsong gardens. Other vendors for the plant sale are Treesearch Farms in Houston, Louisiana Tech’s Greenhouse, the Monroe Garden Study League and speaker Jim Long. Admittance to the gardens is free. The public is encouraged to come early as the best items often sell out quick. Symposium participants can purchase sale items during breaks, lunch and after the Symposium Friday, a day prior to the public plant sale.
Each year we quickly run out of Peggy Martin Roses during the early stages of our plant sale. Two sizes are available 2 gallons for $27 and 7 gallons for $70. You may order up to three of each size plant. Roses can be picked up the day of the Symposium or Plant Sale. Call 318-387-5281 or drop by the Museum Store to place your order. Payment must accompany reservations.
To register or for more information, call 318-387-5281.