MSU Fall Fest in Crystal Springs

Caution:  This post is photo intensive!!!

Last Friday, I boarded a bus in Hammond along with fellow Tangipahoa Master Gardeners bound for the MSU Truck Crops Experimental  Station in Crystal Springs, MS  for their annual Fall Fest.

Chris took the day off from work and went along with us.   We made stops in Amite and Kentwood to pick up more members of our group.  Even though the weather had taken a sharp decline overnight and it was *cold*, we had a bus full of happy gardeners.

Tangipahoa Master Gardeners

Tangipahoa Master Gardeners

More Master Gardeners and guests

More Master Gardeners and guests

As soon as we arrived, everyone left the bus in a flash and headed off to see the sights.   First stop for most everyone was the Information Booth.

Fall Fest Information Tent

Fall Fest Information Tent

Chris and I made a bee-line for a lecture by Catherine Hansen Strange from Hattiesburg  about using produce to make arrangements.  It was an interesting presentation and I got some good ideas for future use.    I’ll have to admit some things did not lend themselves well to my home but they were good inspiration.

Fresh Persimmon Branches

Fresh Persimmon Branches

Asparagus Bundles with Gerbera Daisies

Asparagus Bundles with Gerbera Daisies

We stayed around for the following lecture on plant propagation by Nellie Neal.  It was *wonderful*.  She is a natural speaker and is passionate about gardening.  Chris and I both are very interested in propagation so we were thrilled to sit in on her lecture.    She has promised a more advanced lecture at the next Fall Fest and we’re planning to be there!  Does that mean we’re “Garden Groupies”????   🙂

Sharp Knife, Fresh Seeds, and New Plants For You lecture by Nellie Neal

Sharp Knife, Fresh Seeds, and New Plants For You lecture by Nellie Neal

We were short on time so we left the lecture hall to see the outdoor show.  Since it was noon, we decided to have lunch before trekking through the mud.  There was food of practically every kind at our disposal.  Chris and I chose a fried catfish plate and then we shared a hot funnel cake…Yummy!  Looks like lots of other people thought lunch was a good idea also.

Lunch Time

Lunch Time

Did I mention it was cold?  Anything under 60 degrees is cold to those of us who live in south Louisiana….and 50 degrees was cold!  Did I also mention that in my hard-headed state, I refused to take a jacket?  I wore somewhat long sleeves but it got a little nippy for me.  It was also windy and the ground was damp from all the recent rain….so lots of mud in high foot traffic areas. ….think…where the vendors were set up.  In some places you had to get creative to get around….but it was worth it.

Beautiful Fall Scene

Beautiful Fall Scene

Gulf Fritillary Feasting on Lantana

Gulf Fritillary Feasting on Lantana

Chris and I are in love with Butterfly Gardens so we spent a good bit of time there.  Tomorrow I have an appointment with the science teacher at a local high school to help plan a butterfly garden for them.  I’m excited about that!  If you have tips about butterfly gardening, please send me a comment!  If you have a favorite book or web site/blog about butterfly gardening…..send me a comment!

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

GazeboResize

Gazebo in Butterfly Garden

Wonderful Color!

Wonderful Color!

These next pictures almost don’t look real but I promise they are.  🙂

Gulf Fritillary on Pea Gravel Walkway

Gulf Fritillary on Pea Gravel Walkway

I’m not sure how I was able to get so many nice shots of butterflies that day.  They were plentiful and cooperative.  🙂  This one is a little blurry but I like it.

Gulf Fritillary on Ornamental Grass

Gulf Fritillary on Ornamental Grass

Pair of Gulf Fritillary Butterflies on Ornamental Grass

Pair of Gulf Fritillary Butterflies on Ornamental Grass

Lovely Lantana

Lovely Lantana

Master Gardener On The Move

Master Gardener On The Move

Beautiful Sunflowers covered with Bees—almost like a Smorgasbord for Bees!

Colorful Sunflowers

Colorful Sunflowers

Another Hungry Bee

Another Hungry Bee

Here’s a shot of our extension agent and former president of our Master Gardener group.

Sandra and Jarold

Sandra and Jarold

Sandra looks cold doesn’t she?

Are you a Master Gardener too?  Tell me about your experiences and where you’re located.  If you’re not a Master Gardener….why not?  It’s a great program.  You learn so much and you will continue to learn every day.  It’s also a wonderful way to give back to the community.  It’s up to us to make our world a better place to live.  I’ll post links later about how to get more info so you can become a Master Gardener too.  Until next time….

siggysheryl

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  1. Gloria Cedotal

     /  March 10, 2010

    My husband, Steve and me are Master Gardeners in Iberville Parish. We enjoy going out and helping around our parish.
    Gloria

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