Wednesday, Apr 17 2013 04:37 PM

Mighty oak mighty appropriate for mighty BC

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

When planting a tree to commemorate a centennial anniversary, you don't want a delicate, wispy little thing. You want a tree that will withstand all the heat and punishment our climate can dole out for another 100 years to come.

You want an oak.

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Eighth annual Garden Fest

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bakersfield College, Environmental Horticulture Renegade Park, 1801 Panorama Drive

Admission: Free

Information: 395-4446

"An old and beautiful oak," to be exact. And that's the tree Bakersfield College will be planting at 1 p.m. to commemorate its 100th anniversary, according to Amber Chiang, the school's director of marketing and publications. The eighth annual Garden Fest on Saturday will cap off a six-month-long tree-planting initiative with the addition of the oak at Renegade Park, on Mount Vernon Avenue north of Memorial Stadium.

But that's just one of many activities and events planned for the day. There will be many native plants for sale, games for the kids, more than 150 vendor booths with information on gardening, pets, cooking, outdoor leisure, arts and crafts, and environmentally friendly home-improvement ideas. A farmers market will be on site, and a guy who knows a thing or two about how to make use of Kern's bounty will demonstrate.

"It is Grilling with the Chef, featuring Bakersfield College chef Pat Coyle that really brings the education to the event," Chiang said via email. "He will teach grilling techniques for meat and vegetables."

The event draws around 8,000 people over the course of the day and typically raises about $10,000 for the school's agriculture/horticulture departments.

And keeping with the centennial theme is a wonderful opportunity to take home the red and white rose bush of the centennial. But only 100 people can purchase the bush, available for $30.

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