The meeting of AHS Region 13 for the year 2001 was headquartered at the Ramada Inn on Monkhouse Drive in Shreveport, Louisiana the first weekend in June. The hotel was fairly well centered among the gardens that we would tour during the meeting.
On Thursday, we decided to venture over to Center, Texas, and visit the open garden, The Lily Farm of Jack Carpenter and Josie Bowmar. This is about an hour and a half out of the way, so we left at 8:00 a.m. We understood that Jack’s was only a little south of Center; it turned out to be 10 miles south.
While at Jack’s, it began to rain. We had umbrellas, but we still got wet. The flowers were wonderful. During the heaviest rain, we sat in Jack’s barn, drank cokes, coffee and pastries provided by Jack and Josie and visited and listened to stories. This is always one of the best parts of any visit. At 3:30 p.m., we decided that we just had to leave for Shreveport as registration began at 5:00 p.m. To say that it was hard to leave would be an understatement, but we were looking forward to gardens that would be just as interesting during the next two days.
We arrived at the Ramada Inn just about 5:00 p.m., and began meeting friends at the registration desk. We hurriedly registered and dumped our baggage in the room so we could join friends that were milling around the atrium of the hotel. We spent an hour or so seeing old and new friends, and then joined a group to go to dinner. For the next few hours, this group of about 10 from Little Rock to Prairieville to Lafayette enjoyed the company and the food. We could have stayed until they closed the restaurant, but we had duties to attend to back at the hotel.
The tour gardens are covered in their own stories, so I won’t duplicate that. But I do appreciate the garden owners opening their yards to us. The gardens were certainly beautiful.
A special version of Clarence Crochet’s slide show was presented on Friday evening after dinner. It highlighted the cultivars of Lee Gates and Pauline Henry, both of whom have passed away since our meeting in 2000. The workshops and other meetings that were held during the afternoons were well received. The “Rust” discussion was especially timely. The garden judges clinic was well attended, as was the Master panel for Exhibition judges.
The Saturday night banquet featured the announcement that Beth Crochet of Louisiana had won the Emma Middlebrooks Memorial Award competition. The live auction was one that I will NEVER forget, sorry if you missed it. Thanks to all who donated, purchased and supported the region through this fundraiser.
We got up early Sunday morning, and met others that were heading our way, and we all managed to extend the fellowship through lunch to about 3:00 p.m. We finally arrived back home about 5:00 p.m. and crashed.
We took over 300 pictures during the four days but the memories are what will be most cherished.
Hemerocallis Study Club!