New Orleans Spring Garden Show Marks 25 Years

Johnny Morgan, Fortson, Virginia, Fleming, Patricia A.  |  4/22/2005 10:40:26 PM

The Botanical Gardens at New Orleans City Park will be the site of the 25th Annual New Orleans Spring Garden Show May 8-9.

News Release Distributed 03/12/04

The 25th Annual New Orleans Spring Garden Show is scheduled for May 8-9 at the New Orleans Botanical Garden on Victory Avenue in City Park.

The show, which began at Delgado Community College in 1979, is now the largest garden show and plant sale of its kind in the state, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Virginia Fortson, who says this year’s show is special for two reasons.

"The show will be held on Mother’s Day weekend, and there will be a special tribute to mothers at the show on Sunday," Fortson said, adding, "Also, this show will celebrate its 25th year, and that makes it extra special."

The purpose of the spring garden show, which will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, is to provide the public with information on where to obtain garden products, where to locate gardening services and what gardening organizations are located in the Metro New Orleans Area. It also will furnish a look at the newest plants, grasses, vegetables, shrubs and fruit trees available at local garden centers.

"This spring’s show will allow mothers to have an event to go to, instead of just the usual dinner out, " Fortson said.

The garden show will consist of plant and garden product exhibits, an educational speakers program, a kids’ discovery area, the Master Gardeners’ demonstration tent and sales areas.

"This show will bring together people with professional and noncommercial interests in horticulture to enrich both the gardening industry and the gardening community in the greater New Orleans area," Fortson said, adding, "Exhibitors are encouraged to provide educational materials and demonstrations at their booths – and to raffle plants or merchandise to participants during the show."

The New Orleans Spring Garden Show also will provide a plant health clinic - a place where people can bring plants with disease and insect problems to obtain a diagnosis of the problem and recommendations on control from LSU AgCenter faculty and volunteers.

Soil also may be brought in for analysis by the LSU AgCenter's Soil Testing Lab.

In addition, a variety of experts from the LSU AgCenter, as well as other organizations and agencies, will be on hand to provide programs of special interest to the general public. There also will be sales areas where plants and gardening products may be purchased from exhibitors.

Admission to the show is $6 for adults and $2 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 and official Friends of City Park may enter free of charge.

The Spring Garden Show is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the Metro Horticulture Foundation and the New Orleans Botanical Garden.

For additional information about the show, contact Patricia Fleming at (504) 278-7495 or Virginia Fortson at (504) 838-1170.

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Contacts: 
        Virginia Fortson at (504) 838-1170 or vfortson@agcenter.lsu.edu 
        Patricia Fleming at (504) 278-7495 or pfleming@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: 
        Johnny Morgan at (504) 838-1170 or jmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu

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