Former Auburn University head football coach Pat Dye is coming to Southern Accents! Coach Dye will be here on Saturday, July 27th from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come out and meet one of the winningest and most highly recognized coaches in the history of the SEC.
During his 12 season tenure as head football coach at Auburn University, Coach Pat Dye lead the Tigers to 4 SEC Championships! He was named National Coach of the Year in 1983 and was a multiple SEC Coach of the Year winner. Today, Coach Dye is the owner and operator of Quail Hollow Gardens where he is passionate about his work cultivating 60 different varieties of Japanese Maple trees on his over 700 acre farm. Coach Dye will arrive at Southern Accents with a variety of the maples which will be available for purchase. There will also be a limited amount of memorabilia, including a limited number of copies of his 1992 book In The Arena available.
Coach Dye reflects, “Quail Hollow Gardens is a dream come true. I’ve been fascinated by Japanese maples since 1981 when my landscaper planted one of these beautiful trees in my Auburn, Alabama yard. The large green multi-trunk seedling he brought in was the most gorgeous tree I had ever seen. The ever-changing beauty of these magnificent trees has enhanced my life as I have studied and lived with them. Over the years I have dug and moved many Japanese maples (some over 50 years old), planted every cultivar I could get my hands on, and loved every single one of them. Each Japanese maple has its own personality and I look forward to watching spring’s new growth and summer’s changing colors, admiring fall’s deep yellows, reds, golds, and oranges, and appreciating winter’s view of spectacular limb structures. Everyone needs at least one of these trees in their yard to enjoy.”
Garlan Gudger stated, “Southern Accents is excited to have the opportunity to host Coach Pat Dye for the day. We have such a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the efforts he is making to preserve and promote these beautiful Japanese Maples that are rich in ancient history. Just as we are passionate about saving and preserving architectural artifacts for future generations to enjoy, Coach Dye’s passion is extended, for the same reasons, to these trees. Combining our passions make us a winning team! This is a great opportunity to meet Coach Dye and learn about his current endeavors. Everyone is invited!”
A numbered ticketing system will be used to organize visitors who wish to meet Coach Dye, who will be available for autographs and picture ops. Visitors will need to stop by Southern Accents showroom the day of the event to pick up your ticket. Tickets are FREE. Tickets will also be used to draw for door prizes which will be given away during this event. Prizes include several signed copies of Pat Dye’s books as well as several of the Japanese Maples from Quail Hollow Gardens!
This is an exciting event! Watch our Facebook page for more details and giveaways including your chance at a private Meet-and-Greet with Coach Pat Dye!
ABOUT THE TREES!
Coach Pat Dye will be bringing approximately 20-30 of these gorgeous Tamuke Yama Japanese Maples in 7 gallon sizes. This size tree will range in price from $75, $100, $125 and $150, depending on height and caliper of the trunk. The picture above is a 5-6 yr old tree from the nursery. The leaves of this maple turn a beautiful purple red in late summer into early fall.
Coach Dye will also be bringing another 20-25, 3 gallon trees which will cost between $40-50. He will bring 2-3 each of around 8-10 varieties. These will be a mix of uprights and weeping style (dissectum). The trees will be available on a first come, first serve basis Saturday morning, July 27, 2013. Sale begins at 10:00 am.