Johnny Morgan, Blackburn, Karen B. | 8/31/2006 2:05:19 AM
New Orleans City Park has gone through a lot since last summer, but park officials say they are gearing up for the annual New Orleans Fall Garden Show on Oct. 21-22.
This show will be the first fall show since last year’s hurricanes, flooding and massive cleanup effort in the park’s Botanical Garden.
The park sustained substantial damage during Hurricane Katrina. But the work of local and national volunteers has given the park a helping hand toward normalcy.
The fall garden show promises to provide fun and excitement for the entire family, according to Karen Blackburn, the LSU AgCenter horticulture agent for Orleans Parish.
"Some of the new additions to this show will be a scarecrow exhibit on display as one of the areas of competition. We will also have members of the Mid City Art Market selling garden art and other crafts. And there will be live music all day each day," she said.
The show will include exhibits throughout the botanical garden, sales of plant and garden products, a variety of educational speakers and a special area for kids.
The show will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Blackburn said the show has four main goals: "We want to provide the public with information on where to obtain garden products; where to locate gardening services; what gardening organizations have reopened in the New Orleans area; and, finally, we just want to get people back outside and thinking about gardening again."
The LSU AgCenter agent said the 2006 Fall Garden Show in New Orleans also will provide traditional information booths such as a plant health clinic.
The clinic area will be 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.
In addition, soil samples also may be brought in for analysis by the LSU AgCenter's Soil Testing Lab.
A variety of experts from the LSU AgCenter, Master Gardeners and others will be on hand to answer questions and provide educational programs of special interest to the public.
Admission to the event 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 Fall Garden Show is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the Metro Horticulture Foundation and the New Orleans Botanical Garden.
Writer: Johnny Morgan at (225) 578-8484