Garden Clubs to host lecture, plant swap

The Biloxi Council of Garden Clubs will host a lecture and demonstration on Nineteenth Century Floral Designs along with a plant swap at the Old Brick House Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m.

Guest lecturer will be Mississippi State floral design professor James M. DelPrince, a member of The American Institute of Floral Designers and president of the AIFD Southern Region. He is also a member of the Professional Floral Commentators International.

Dr. DelPrince has co-authored the Book of Floral Terminology and wrote a chapter in A Centennial History of the American Florist. In July, he and art professor Paul Grootkerk of Mississippi State presented the program The Flowering of Art: Floral Design in Art History for the annual symposium of the American Institute of Floral Designers.

Dr. DelPrince is a member of the Oasis Floral Products Design Directors, a team of eight American floral designers who provide educational programs throughout North America. He has completed research in historical floral designs spanning the years 1790-1900. As part of this ongoing research, he received a fellowship with the Smithsonian Institute, Washington in horticulture of the American Classical period, 1790-1850.

With 23 years of professional floral design experience, he teaches five courses and oversees floristry student internships at Mississippi State University.

The Old Brick House is at 622 Bayview Ave., Biloxi. For more information on the lecture and plant swap, call 435-6308.