Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Audubon State Historic Site, 11788 La. 965, St. Francisville, presents The Hand That Heals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Re-enactors in period clothing will depict medical experts of the early 19th century as they discuss medicinal plants commonly grown in home gardens.

Visitors will have a chance to look at handwritten medical journals from Oakley Plantation.

For information, call (225) 635-3739.

Summer garden series

André Brock, LSU Agricultural Center associate county agent and 4-H agent for West Feliciana Parish, is conducting a free garden seminar series this summer for residents in the Felicianas and surrounding areas.

From noon until 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of June, July and August, Feliciana Master Gardener Summer Seminars will be held at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnett Road, St. Francisville. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring a lunch. Drinks will be provided.

On June 2, Brock will talk about edible landscapes, on July 7 about ornamentals and on Aug. 4 about fall vegetable gardens.

If enough people attend, Brock would like to continue the series year-round, potentially featuring other LSU AgCenter speakers.

Feliciana Master Gardener monthly meetings will follow each of the seminars.

For information, email

Closet sale planned

The West Feliciana Clothes Closet will hold its next sale from 8 a.m. to noon June 6 at 4591 Feliciana St. in St. Francisville. All proceeds benefit the West Feliciana Food Pantry. For information, email Shirley Reed at

Garden Tour Fridays planned

Rosedown State Historic Site, 12501 La. 10, St. Francisville, invites you to join manager and horticulturist Patricia Aleshire at 10 a.m. June 6 at the site office as she leads her monthly stroll through Rosedown’s historic gardens.

The Garden Tour Fridays program provides garden enthusiasts with a detailed look at selected portions of one of the finest early 19th-century gardens.

On the first Friday of each month, Aleshire will guide visitors through Rosedown’s gardens, pointing out significant heirloom varieties of plantings and focusing on both historic and modern cultivation methods and care.

For information, call (225) 635-3332.

Walker Percy Weekend slated

Food, craft beer and bourbon, crawfish, live music and a great time talking about books, movies, music and Southern culture under the live oaks is what one can expect at the second annual Walker Percy Weekend, celebrating the acclaimed novelist’s life and work.

The event is June 5-6 in St. Francisville.

The 2015 Walker Percy Weekend invites fans of Southern literature to appreciate Percy’s writing and muses while attending panel discussions, readings, film presentations, tours of sites familiar to readers of his fiction, as well as a series of social and culinary events inspired by the author’s works. Events take place at locations around St. Francisville’s historic district.

Two tours of Angola and one of Entergy River Bend will be part of the weekend, which begins at 6:30 p.m. June 5 with the Twilight in the Ruins cocktail party at Afton Villa Gardens and ends Saturday following crawfish and craft beer from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Parker Park. Tickets are expected to sell out.

Percy (1916-1990), a long-time Covington resident, wrote novels that explored the “dislocation of man in the modern age,” with most of his work set in New Orleans and around South Louisiana, including the semi-fictitious Feliciana, which the author based upon West Feliciana and the other Florida parishes, according to walkerpercy

Festival proceeds support the Julius Freyhan Foundation, an organization dedicated to restoring the historic Freyhan School building to serve as a community and cultural center for St. Francisville.

For information, call (225) 635-6330 or (800) 789-4221 or visit www.walkerpercy

Send news and events for Around West Feliciana to Stacy Gill at by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.