If you weren't at today's caravan you missed out on a great time, good people and that wonderful lunch provided by the Gibsland Grill. I had my first slice of buttermilk pie here and I fell in love. And if you take a look around the town, t's easy to fall in love with the gorgeous flowers, They even have a festival celebrating this towns natural beauty called the Jonquil Jubilee.
"The Greek name for this particular bulb is Narcissuss. But the British and Americans call them daffodils, and Jonquil is a suborder of the daffodil," said Lorris Carter. His garden is featured in the tour of the Jonquil Jubilee. "I've been planting daffodils here for 10 years now and I've planted 38,500 to date." He knows almost all there is to know about the gorgeous and sweet smelling flowers. Some smell so sweet, they're called Sweeties.
The Jonquil Jubilee is a festival celebrating the Jonquil capital of Louisiana in Gibsland. Tonya Striplin is an organizer of the festival. "Vendors will sell everything from plants, to honey, to jewelry and then they can buy tour tickets and they get admission to tour stops and a map where they can see all of our beautiful flowers. We've planted hundreds of thousands of bulbs along the tour since then and we just want to feature Gibsland and the beautiful area that we have here."
Hundreds of people come to Gibsland in the early spring when the flowers start to bloom. Lorris says he has a trick to keep them coming back. "There's so many beautiful flowers around and we plant more every year." The Jonquil Jubilee is this Saturday from 10 until 4.