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Upcoming Events for Louisiana

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March 15-16, Covington
19th annual Northshore Garden Show and Plant Sale
St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds

More than 50 vendors will be selling plants and other garden-related items. There is a $5 gate fee for all individuals over 18 years old. Proceeds from the garden show help fund the Bobby Fletcher Sr. Scholarship and the St. Tammany Master Gardener Association Scholarship. Educational programs will feature topics ranging from insect pollinators and southern landscape plants to wildlife in the landscape and Louisiana Super Plants. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The programs will be held both days of the show from 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. For additional information, contact William Afton at 985-875-2635.  

March 16, New Orleans
Plant and Rose Sale
New Orleans Botanical Garden Pelican Greenhouse

A wide variety of plants, including annuals, perennials, roses, gingers, edibles, succulents, and native plants will be for sale. Admission to the plant sale is free. 9 a.m.-noon. Tip for first-timers: Quantities are limited, so arrive early for the best selection and bring a wagon to carry your plants. For more information, call 504-483-9464 or e-mail  

March 16-17, Garyville
Frisco Fest
San Francisco Plantation

The festival will feature over 100 crafters, artists, and chefs. Festival admission will be $5 (12 and under free) and tour tickets will be $10 for home (6 and under free). Food vendors will include chicken and andouille gumbo, smoked sausage po boys, jambalaya, pulled pork sandwiches, cracklins, and more. There will be a petting zoo, pony rides, bungee trampoline, and more for the kids. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 985-535-2341 or 888-322-1756 for more information.  

March 20, New Orleans
Spring Garden Seminar
Longue Vue House & Gardens

Brought to you by the Friends of Longue Vue Steering Committee, the Spring Garden Seminar covers topics in the fields of horticulture and garden design. For the 2019 seminar, we are proud to feature The Gardens of Downton Abbey presented by June Mays, garden designer with degrees in garden design and plantsmanship from the English Gardening School in London. Due to popular demand, we are offering two seatings: brunch & lecture from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; high tea & lecture from 1-3:00 p.m. For more information, call 504-488-5488 or visit  

March 22-23, Lake Charles
20th Annual Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo
Burton Coliseum

The event will feature gardening, flowers, trees, shrubs, garden accessories, books, demonstrations, educational lectures, and general garden tools. Area, regional, and interstate exhibitors and vendors will be there to assist with plant and garden needs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information, contact Robert Turley at 337-721-4080 ext. 6502 or  

March 22-24, Shreveport
BLOOM! Flower Show
R.W. Norton Art Gallery

BLOOM! Flower Show showcases designs by both professional and amateur floral designers. This year’s theme is Elements of Design. The exhibition is in conjunction with the BLOOM! Festival and the BLOOM! Juried Art Exhibit to make for one fantastic weekend. We invite all floral designers, no matter their level of experience to compete in this showcase. The rules, regulations, and application can be found at For any questions please contact Emily Feazel at 318-865-4201 ext. 130 or  

March 23, New Orleans
Growing Gardeners
New Orleans Botanical Gardens

The Growing Gardeners program introduces children to the fun of gardening while learning about (and playing with!) plants, food, and ecosystems. We’ll play games, try new foods, create garden art, and more. To register, call 504-483-9470 or e-mail

March 23, New Orleans
Louisiana Irises: From the Wild to the Garden
New Orleans Botanical Gardens

Patrick O’Connor will discuss how our beloved Louisiana Irises made it from the wilds into our garden beds. Patrick has hybridized Louisiana irises since the late 70s and has registered more than 70 cultivars with the American Iris Society. He owns Zydeco Louisiana Iris Garden, which sells plants online at Patrick is an officer and past president of the Greater New Orleans Iris Society and a past officer of the Society for Louisiana Irises. Location: Garden Study Center, New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park. For more information, call 483-9473 or email

March 24 and 31, Baton Rouge
Making and Using Hypertufa
LSU AgCenter Botanical Gardens at Burden

Sunday, March 24, 1:00 p.m.  to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Both classes will be at the Pavilion in the LSU AgCenter Botanical Gardens at Burden, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Sturdy and strong and less than half the weight of stone or cement, and can be fashioned into many forms, from simple little flowerpots to sculptures and fountains. The classes are each limited to 20 people. More information is posted on our website, You must register and pay in advance through the website, The cost is $10 for Herb Society members and $15 for nonmembers. Every participant will make a garden container and be able to take your creation home, and will also get the recipe for making hypertufa so you can make it whenever you like. This is a very fun class -- messy, but fun. Wear old clothes, bring a plastic dishpan to be a mold for your first creation, and bring waterproof dishwashing gloves to protect your hands.  Any questions? Call Mary Williams, 414-526-3016.

March 28, Baton Rouge
Using Herbs in Mideastern Cooking 
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens 
A culinary extravaganza with Ruby Homayssi and Ruth Harb. The class will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit  

March 29, West Monroe
11th Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners Annual Spring Plant Sale
Pavilion at Seventh Square

The sale will feature vegetables and herbs, houseplants, tropical, flowing vines, butterfly garden plants, and many others. LSU AgCenter horticulture agent Kerry Heafner said local master gardeners will be available to help visitors select plants. They will also answer questions, provide gardening tips and even help load your car. For more information, contact Kerry Heafner at 318-323-2251.  

April 13, Ruston
Annual Spring Plant Sale
Ruston Farmers’ Market

The North Central LA Master Gardeners Association will host their annual Spring Plant sale featuring over 5,000 plants from 8 a.m.-noon. Come join us at our new location at the Ruston Farmers’ Market, 220 E Mississippi Ave. Any plants remaining will be sold the following weekend at the Ruston Farmers’ Market.  

As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville – This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information, call 888-677-2838 or 225-635-3739. Nature for Kids, 10 a.m., 3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte –Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information, call 888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289.  

Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville – Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, as well as a traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800s. For more information, call 888-677-2900 or 337-394-3754. Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte –Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289. Guided Hike, 2 p.m., First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte –Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information, call 888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289. Bird Watching Basics, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., First Saturday of the Month through 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville – Join the interpretive ranger on a walk to learn about bird watching and to find some of the birds that visit Fontainebleau´s diverse range of habitats. Bring binoculars, water, and good walking shoes. For more information, call 888-677-3668 or 985-624-4443.


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