April 2012

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4/1/12: Volunteers and families and hundreds of children experienced a beautiful spring Sunday afternoon in the gardens. The Easter Egg Parade of Fun was a fundraiser for Talitha Koum, a local organization that provides services to children and families.

Garden projects and continual weeding has kept Greg and a part-time crew busy. The magnolia trees are in full bloom – something that usually doesn’t occur until the first week in June. A Kansas group of 55 travelers toured EHHPG as the Waco stop on their TX Wildflower Tour. Bridal portraits for our brides and others are scheduled, mostly during late afternoon hours.

4/14/12: A white, navy, yellow and touches of gray was the palette for this evening event. I arranged a mix of bright yellow flowers in our white, modern Ikea glass containers. DJ Carlos from Wall of Sound Productions/Temple had most of the 215 guests rocking throughout the evening. Personal florals – HEB/TempleVideography – Mojo Productions; Cupcakes – Country Czech Bakery/West; a buffet dinner was served by TCP Catering.

4/20/12: It rained today, just enough to irrigate the gardens and keep temps in the low 70’s. In preparation for Saturday’s wedding, a rehearsal was held at the gazebo, followed by a 70-guest rehearsal dinner. Blanek’s Catering prepared a Hawaiian-theme menu that included a whole roasted pig delivered on a gurney.

4/21/12: No heaters, no fans, a perfect spring day with a gentle breeze and temperatures in the mid-70’s. This garden’s grass is green, every tree is leafed out and thousands of flowers are in bloom. Today’s wedding for 178 guests has a color palette of fuschia, green and touches of orange. The decor – a mix of candles, my antique kerosene lamps, tulips and orchids. Personal florals – Wolfe’s, Catering – Patti’s Kitchen, cakes – Bobby Rudeen,  videography – Saved Memories, Photography-Bonnie Negal, photobooth – Sweet Shots. 

4/28/12: A 90-minute Friday rehearsal for the 20-minute Saturday ceremony – this is typical when there’s no DOC. Rehearsals scheduled when the wedding will be held allow families to determine if our fabric panels need to be installed in the gazebo, as was the case with this wedding. The installation and removal requires a couple hours’ time; the panels provide shade from the setting sun so that guests don’t require sunglasses. As of this post there is a $75 charge for this service which will cover installation and laundering of the panels. This sweet wedding/reception had a peacock theme and 215 guests. Family prepared the cake, cupcakes and buffet; the bride and her mom made silk personals; family members phtographed;  DJ Swift with Leaned Out Entertainment provide the reception music. The couple drove to Dallas night-of for their early-morning departure to Vancouver, BC and a 7-day Alaskan cruise.

April Views In Pape Gardens

We intend to post the same two shots of Earle-Harrison House, and photos of what is growing in the garden for the remainder of the year. For readers who want to see January-March views, peruse older posts. This April’s garden has greened up earlier than some years. Hundreds of gerberas have bloomed since February, however the roses have just begun to fill with blooms.

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