Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Butterfly Festival happens this weekend

The 15th annual Haynesville Celebration of Butterflies wil be held Saturday September 14, at the Claiborne Parish Fairgrounds.

Admission is $4 for Adults, $1 for Children ages six to eight, and children under six get in free.

The festival will host Felder Rushing, a former Extension service urban horticulture specialist, and a tenth-generation southern gardner who maintains an overstuffed, quirky collage garden that has no turf grass; just plants, yard art and "people places."

He is the author of 17 gardening books and has written thousands of gardening columns in syndicated newspapers.

Having been featured in many magazines as well as appearing on HGTV and Discovery Channel, he hosts a weekly call-in radio program on NPR.

Felder currently writes and travels extensively for lectures from both his cottage in Mississippi and a farmhouse in England's rural Midlands near Wales.

Charles Allen, PhD., a biology Professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe before retiring, is currently a Botanist at Fort Polk will also speak.

He has attended all of the festivals, giving invaluable contributions with his programs, plant walks and displays. Active with the Louisiana Native Plant Society and the Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society, Charles is the co-author of several books on native plants, the latest being Louisiana Wildflower Guide.

He and his wife Susan operate Allen Acres B&B, a nature-oriented facility located in Vernon Parish in west central Louisiana.

The site is a 26-acre wooded paradise that is listed as a State Natural Area. The gardens are specifically designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds as well as numerous other birds.

James Dean, who is a member of the Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society and began a hobby of building bluebird nesting boxes when he retired 21 years ago, will also be a speaker.

Using scrap lumber left from the construction of his family home many years previously, he erected 15 houses the first year which expanded to a maximum of 1,100 boxes over the years.

Because of the growth of pine trees on much of the land where he has permission to place houses, he has only a little more than 250 boxes out this year.
Currently, he is building the boxes from scraps from a friend's sawmill. Jimmy will be bringing cypress nesting boxes to the festival for sale at $5 each.

Jeff McMillian is the manager of Almost Eden, a mail order nursery in Merryville that specializes in unusual, exotic, and native plants with an emphasis on plants for pollinators. He will be bringing plants from the nursery for sale at the festival. Jeff, a Beauregard Parish Master Gardener, has been a plantsman for about 18 years and an avid gardener for butterflies.

Other festival highlights include memorial butterfly conservatory, sale of butterfly plants, books and tee-shirts, craft and food vendors, take-home butterfly towers (with caterpillars and food), art, photography container gardening contests and exhibits.

Festival sponsors include the Claiborne Chamber of Commerce and Haynesville Garden Club.

For more informaiton call Loice Kendrick-Lacy at 624-1929 or (870) 234-4910.






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