Put on your sunglasses, pack that checkbook, find a notepad and head on over to Tyrrell Park on Saturday, April 14, for a great day for gardeners. The fun starts at 8 a.m. and lasts until noon. The Thyme for Herbs Society is planning its popular event, Herb Fest, in conjunction with the Beaumont Botanical Gardens at Tyrrell Park. Admission to the Warren Loose Conservatory is also free during this time.
Herb Fest 2012 has been named “A Day of Herbs and Roses,” according to Emily Baize, Thyme for Herbs president. The parking is free and the grounds, seminars and vendors are open to the public. The spring Herb Fest will include activities for garden enthusiasts, visitors and families. Plant sales and garden vendors will open at 8 a.m. with the demonstration area opening at 8:15 a.m.
Baize notes that, “The International Herb Association has designated the rose as Herb of The Year. It may seem somewhat unusual to think of a rose as an herb. Roses are culinary plants in both the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culture and cuisines. They also provide scent and beauty in many craft projects. When grown organically, rose petals add a flair that is unique and quite tantalizing.”
Many of the garden vendors such as Abbie’s Imports will feature products made from roses such as rose water, food with rose flavoring, rose syrup and rose jam. Amber Weir of Arlington, Texas, will have pressed flower art for sale as well as other gardening goodies. Lucia Bettler of Lucia’s Garden in Houston will have books for sale, and especially books on gardening with herbs and roses. Wild Birds Unlimited will be on hand to show you how to lure more birds into your yard. Plants for sale on the Garden Center patio will include herbs by the dozens, antique roses that can be grown organically and the Cajun hibiscus.
Baize is enthusiastic about the demonstrations going on throughout the morning. “Abbie and Jean Baradar will give a demonstration about their rose products at an 8:30 a.m. Tommy Hebert of Golden Triangle Rose Society will give a demonstration at 9 a.m. on roses that have the best chance of succeeding in Southeast Texas. He will speak to organic growing of roses and let you know what to do if the ‘organic approach’ doesn’t work well. Amber Weir of Dandelion’s Garden in Arllington will demonstrate the art of pressing flowers at 9:30 a.m.,” she said. Greg Bostwick, local meteorologist and owner of Bostwick Farms. will talk about the Cajun hibiscus at 10 a.m. Varieties of this spectacular plant will be available with its plate-sized blooms in wild colors. Randa Sfeir promises samples of her baklava. She will give a demonstration of cooking this treat at 11 a.m.
Baize adds, “Come and enjoy a day of Herbs and Roses. It promises to be a wonderful touch of spring.” Years past show that the early bird truly does get the plant, so come early and stay late.
Joette is an avid gardener and prides herself on staying up-to-date on the latest gardening activities and tips. To share your gardening news with Joette, call (409) 832-1400 or fax her at (409) 832-6222. Her e-mail is joreger [at] msn [dot] com.