Janet Gershenfeld of Highland Village will be one of the featured speakers at the 2016 Fall Garden Festival, which is sponsored by the Denton County Master Gardener Association and runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Trietsch Memorial UMC Family Life Center, 6101 Morriss Rd. in Flower Mound. Admission is free.
Gershenfeld will speak at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the wide variety of edible plants that can be blended into an existing garden, large or small. “My goal is to incorporate permaculture design and stealth gardening so that edibles, fruit trees, culinary and medicinal herbs can be grown without losing the beautiful aesthetic of a peaceful garden retreat,” she said.
A lifelong gardener, Gershenfeld was born in Japan and moved every few years with her military family. Once she settled in Texas 28 years ago, she put down roots and began gardening. Her Highland Village home has been featured twice on the Denton County Master Gardener’s spring garden tour, and she has holds five wildlife certifications on the urban property. She is often called on to speak or answer questions about successful gardening in challenging North Texas conditions.
A Master Gardener since 2005, and a Master Naturalist since 2005, she volunteers her spare time to teach about wildlife habitats, designing gardens and outdoor classrooms and writing. She serves as a plant ID resource to the organization and is often called on to speak or answer questions about gardening in challenging North Texas conditions.
Professionally, Gershenfeld is a costumer and seamstress for movies, television, concerts and theater. Her resume includes sewing iconic jeweled items for celebrities, such as Michael Jackson’s famous glove and jackets, First Ladies inaugural ball gowns and lavish Tyler Rose Queen dresses. She heads the wardrobe department for the three largest concert venues in Dallas and works on many prime time TV series. Currently, her work is on display at the Dallas Arboretum's 12 days of Christmas exhibit.
Other educational presenters at the Fall Garden Festival are chef Charles Youts of the Classic Café in Roanoke, who will speak at 9:30 a.m. on “Eating Fresh” as he prepares foods made from seasonal vegetables and herbs and Steven Chamblee, author and chief horticulturist at Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, presenting “Garden Harmony 101” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
In addition, informational booths will address the following topics: bees, monarch butterflies, gourds, veggie gardening, herb growing, container gardening, Earthkind, landscape design, worm composting, hypertufa, growing grapes, water conservation, propagation, tree care and becoming an Urban Citizen Forester.
Children’s activities include Dianne’s face-painting booth, science lessons with Junior Master Gardeners, information on beekeeping, discussions with Denton County 4-H Club members, talking to an entomologist about bugs, planting daffodil bulbs to take home, learning about snakes and studying wild animals of North Texas with the Elm Fork Master Naturalists. Several dozen vendors will be on hand to offer unique and handmade gifts and gardening accessories.