New Orleans Spring Garden Show set for April 4-5 in City Park Botanical Garden

Brent Jeansonne, Morgan, Johnny W.  |  3/14/2009 12:38:02 AM

News Release Distributed 03/13/09

The 2009 New Orleans Spring Garden Show and an accompanying Green Fair will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden on April 4-5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.

A highlight of show will include more than 25 vendors of environmentally friendly or green products in the Pavilion of Two Sisters, said Brent Jeansonne, LSU AgCenter horticulture agent and garden show coordinator.

Jeansonne said the pavilion will include non-profit “green” organizations, recycled arts craftspersons and many others involved in the “greening of New Orleans.”

The show also will feature garden product exhibitors and vendors, including horticulture services companies, that will be offering a variety of plants and garden products for sale throughout the Botanical Garden.

“There will also be a great lineup of educational speakers at this year’s show,” Jeansonne said. “Topics will range from environmentally friendly gardening to controlling invasive plant species in wetlands.”

Speakers will include Dan Gill with the LSU AgCenter, Beth Perkins with Banting Farm Nursery, Jo Ann Burke with the Lake Pontchartrain Foundation, Scott Courtwright with Trinity Tree Consultants, Patrick Wharton with the National Park Service and Colleen Morgan from Bayou Rebirth Wetlands Restoration and Education.

Jeansonne said vendors also will have an area for presenting talks on horticultural topics, products and services. “Located near the rear entrance, it’s something you will not want to miss,” he said.

Master Gardeners and horticulture experts from the LSU AgCenter will be available to answer gardening questions, and the LSU AgCenter’s Soil Testing Lab will accept soil samples for analysis.

Jeansonne said 4-H members will again be working in the Kid’s Discovery area this year which is always a big hit.

Admission to the event is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter free of charge.

The New Orleans Spring Garden Show is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the Metro Horticulture Foundation and the New Orleans Botanical Garden. This year’s Green Fair is being sponsored also by Global Green, the American chapter of Mikhael Gorbachev’s Green Cross.

For more information, contact Brent Jeansonne at (504) 838-1170 or bjeansonne@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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Johnny Morgan

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