Gibsland, 'The Daffodil Capital of Louisiana, will host the 2014 Jonquil Jubilee Garden Tour from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, March 1.
Experience the hospitality of a small town and celebrate the arrival of spring. The Jonquil Jubilee pancake and sausage breakfast at the Gibsland Lions Club building will start at 8 a.m. for $5.
Registration for the Jonquil Jubilee 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Burkhalter Gazebo beside the railroad tracks. The race kicks off at 9 a.m. and participants will enjoy beautiful displays of daffodils during their run. To pre-register, contact the Bienville Chamber of Commerce or call 548-2693.
Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church
Noted columnist and speaker Jack Dillard will share his thoughts and feelings about history and farming at 11 a.m.
Oak Grove Farm Garden Party
The Oak Grove Farm Garden Party will take place on the grounds of the home of Joyce and Roy Lilly. Speakers will be Joyce Lilly at 12:30 p.m., giving her history of the farm and family.
Gladden Willis' plant farm will be set up and at 1:30 p.m., he will talk about native plants and he will have plants for sale.
At 2:30 p.m., master gardener Marjorie Thomas will share her knowledge of gardening in Louisiana.
Shade Beauty will be set up showing and selling handmade soaps.
Tour Sites and Attractions
With your $10 Jonquil Tour ticket you will receive a map and directions to the following attractions. Begin at any location and travel at your own pace. Tour sites are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The tour map will reveal miles of plantings and fields showcasing different varieties of Jonquils.
Take a self-guided tour through Sally's Field, a display featuring more than 10,000 identified daffodils. Look at a restored 19th century caboose.
View a "Celebration of Daffodils" through beautiful tablescapes at the Gibsland United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Visit the First Baptist Church to view beautiful handmade quilts and crafts.
Vistit The Garden Party and walking tour at Oak Grove Farm built in 1898, where fields of bulbs have been planted for generations. Shop at vendor booths while enjoying refreshments.
View and walk through the fields at the home of Lorris and Elaine Carter. Enjoy a model car exhibition featuring replicas of American cars from the 1930's – 1960's while visiting the grounds.
Visit the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Sanctuary, the oldest continuously operating Baptist Church in Louisiana, which was established in 1837. Stop by the Mt. Lebanon Stagecoach Trail Museum.
Visit Russell and Sue Kettler's Blacksmith Shop and watch demonstrations that will take you back in time.
Shop downtown at the Gibsland Bank Annex. Vendors featuring hand-crafted items such as lotions, soaps, decorative accessories, jewelry and garden accessories will be showcasing their treasures.
Take a chance on raffles, for a chance to win a hand-made quilt or 1,000 daffodil bulbs planted at the location of your choice.
Come early to get homemade tea cakes or enjoy food from Key Rail Barbeque and the Gibsland Grill.
Also, open for tour in the festival area are the Bonnie & Clyde Museum, L.L.C., The Authentic Bonnie & Clyde Museum, The Barbara Van Cleave Joiner Memorial Garden and the
Burkhalter Gazebo, which features a wide variety of gorgeous daffodils.
Gibsland is located one mile south of I-20 at the Gibsland/Athens Exit (#61).