New For the 2014 Home Tour
Aldredge House Speaker Series
5500 Swiss Avenue
Admission Is FREE To The Public -- Home Tour Tickets Not Required To Attend
Join us all throughout Mother's Day Weekend for a special series of speaking events at the Aldredge House, 5500 Swiss Avenue, just across the street from Savage Park. Speakers will be covering a variety of topics ranging from Preservation and Architecture to Horticulture and Gardening Tips. Home Tour tickets are not required to attend, admission is FREE to the public.
Saturday, May 10:
11 AM – David Preziosi, Executive Director, Preservation Dallas: “How Communities Benefit from Historic Preservation”
Saving historic places is not only good for the economy and the environment, it also makes for more vibrant communities. Learn about the benefits of historic preservation and its impact on the historic neighborhoods of Dallas.
12 PM – Carolyn Rozier, Dallas County Master Gardener: "Beneficial Insects"
Is your garden overrun by pests? Do you have aphids on your aspidistra; scale on your scabiosa? Have I got some bugs for you! Not all insects are pests. Help identify insects that are helpful to the gardener and to effectively decrease the dependence on pesticides.
1 PM – Tom Wilten, Dallas County Master Gardener: “Garden Irrigation”
Includes indications and contraindications for drip irrigation. A discussion of the general concept of hydration is also addressed.
2 PM – Irene Sandell, author, The House on Swiss Avenue: “The European connection – Swiss colonists started it all”
Swiss Avenue roots reach back over 150 years and the contributions of those early Dallasites are still with us today.
3 PM – Diana Harris, Dallas County Master Gardener: “Shady Gardens”
4 PM – David Bush and Jim Parsons, authors of Fair Park Deco: Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial Exposition
Fair Park in Dallas is one of the finest collections of Art Deco architecture in the country, but it is so much more: the embodiment of Texan swagger, something bold and brash, a testament to the men and women who undertook the Texanic task of creating a dazzling spectacle in the darkest days of the Depression. Authors Jim Parsons and David Bush will take you on a tour of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition using vintage images and new photography to document what was once called the "Magic City."
Sunday, May 11
1 PM – Barbara Gollman, Dallas County Master Gardener: “Shady Herbs for Shady Places"
Herbs need sun or do they? Learn which herbs can be grown in light shade or filtered shade and how plants can adapt too little sun. Find out which favorite culinary herbs do well with partial shade in the heat of Texas.
2 PM – Janet D. Smith, Dallas County Master Gardener: “WaterWise Gardening”
Explains why Texans need to reduce the use of municipal water in our landscapes and how to do it. Homeowners can have any style landscapes by choosing the right plants, placing them correctly and watering efficiently.
3 PM – Jim Anderson, Jim Anderson Preservation and Design: “How Dallas' Historic Districts and Individual Landmarks were the Catalysts for a Successful Central City”
4 PM – Katherine Seale, Landmark Commission