Giant Swallowtail butterfly. Learn how to integrate native plantings in gardening.

Giant Swallowtail butterfly. Learn how to integrate native plantings in gardening.

My thanks to Dr. Allen again for this interesting events news!


“Native Plants & Roses: A Love Affair in your Garden”


Shreveport, LA- The American Rose Center invites you to our third 2018 Green Thumb Educational Seminar on Saturday, June 16, 2018.


Date: June 16, 2018

Place: Klima Rose Hall, The American Rose Center, 8877 Jefferson Paige Road

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Cost: Seminar is FREE and open to the public. Registration is not necessary, but helpful, 318-938-5402



9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction of Program

9:05-10:35 a.m. Janet Creech – Native Plants and Roses

Though Janet has a degree in Fine Arts, she developed an interest for landscaping and native plants after moving into her grandparents Highland area home that had a mature landscape. Soon her interest became a passion which led to much self-study of botany, horticulture and ecological issues. Janet is a master Gardner with certification in ecological restoration. She has landscaped school grounds, parks and museums utilizing the principles she has learned. Currently Janet’s biggest volunteer project is developing the grounds at the headquarters of the Red River Wildlife Refuge using native plants.


Janet Creech will discuss the advantages of using native plants in your garden and suggest ways to combine natives with roses.


And not too far away is this interesting festival:


The 20th Annual Sunflower Trail and Festival will take place, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 16 in Gilliam. The event will feature art and entertainment for all ages including handmade items for sale by heritage crafters and artists, hands-on arts and crafts activities for children, art exhibits, a sunflower photography contest and more. Food and refreshment vendors will be available at the festival, and lunch will be served at nearby businesses including Main Street Restaurant and Adger’s Store in Gilliam, as well as The Wild Petunia and D&I General Store in Belcher. Live music will be performed in the festival area. Admission is free and open to the public.


Festival activities will take place behind the Crossroads Museum in Gilliam, just off of Highway 3049. Highway 3049 (also known as Dixie/Shreveport Road) can be reached from Shreveport by heading north on Grimmett Drive and turning right onto Highway 3049. The physical address of the Crossroads Museum is 12797 Main Street (LA-3049) in Gilliam.

Wildopeneye opinion is there could be some great opportunities for photography, blue skies and sunflowers!

Also check out the   list of Louisiana Nature Events