Karen B. Blackburn, Morgan, Johnny W. | 3/9/2006 2:32:55 AM
The Botanical Garden in City Park will once again be the site of the New Orleans Spring Garden Show on April 1-2.
This year’s show – the 27th annual event – will go on despite last year’s hurricanes, flooding and the massive cleanup effort.
The City Park gardens sustained substantial damage during Hurricane Katrina. But volunteers have stepped in and are bringing the park back to life.
Karen Blackburn, the LSU AgCenter horticulture agent in Orleans Parish, said she has been in the park with her Master Gardeners since it became dry enough to set in new plants.
"This will be a special show because of all that the people of New Orleans have been through," Blackburn said. "We need to give them a chance to get out and get problems off of their minds so they can think of pleasant things like gardening."
The spring garden show promises to be fun and exciting for the entire family, according to Blackburn, who says it will include exhibits throughout the botanical gardens, sales of plant and garden products, a variety of educational speakers and a special area for kids.
This 27th annual show will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day to provide the public with information on where to obtain garden products, where to locate gardening services and what gardening organizations have reopened in the New Orleans area.
The overall goal of this show is to get people outside and thinking about gardening, Blackburn said, adding that she hopes it will help people "get out of their funk, so to speak."
The LSU AgCenter agent said the 2006 Spring 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.
Master Gardeners and a variety of experts from the LSU AgCenter, as well as others, also 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 Spring Garden Show is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the Metro Horticulture Foundation and the New Orleans Botanical Garden.
For further information about the show, contact Karen Blackburn at (504) 838-1170 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.