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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature heirloom daffodil expert

February 8, 2010 - Public Affairs
NACOGDOCHES, Texas-Celia Jones, of Gibsland, LA, will present "Granny's Daffodils" at the Stephen F. Austin State University Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive.

Jones restored her grandmother's Louisiana bulb farm and in the process learned that heirloom daffodils, jonquils and narcissus were much more adapted to southern gardens than commercial Dutch daffodils.

Jones's grandmother, Annie Lou Holstun Jones, along with her helper Jake Gibson, propagated and cultivated naturalized bulbs gathered from roadsides and old homesteads to earn much needed pocket money during the Great Depression. After years of decline, Jones reclaimed the farm and cottage and created a lasting testimony to her grandmother's love.

Jones is a member of the Southern Garden History Society and the American Daffodil Society. She and her husband, Steven Templin, are both active foresters.

For more information, contact Greg Grant at (936) 468-1863 or grantdamon@sfasu.edu.