Garden shows scheduled across Louisiana

Johnny Morgan, Bogren, Richard C.

(02/24/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana gardeners prepare for the warmer days of the coming spring, many are anticipating that first opportunity to begin work in their gardens and flower beds.

The LSU AgCenter has announced its lineup of spring garden shows that will kick off in March and continue into April in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Lake Charles and New Orleans.

March 12, Hammond

The Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held March 12 at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station at 21549 Old Covington Highway (La. Highway 1067 just off U.S. Highway 190) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission to the event is $5 per vehicle. The event will feature kids’ activities, a plant swap, plant sale, gardening seminars, gardening and agriculture exhibits, the plant diagnostic center and concessions.

Walking tours will showcase the various research projects ongoing at the station. This event is open to the public.

For more information contact Whitney Wallace at 985-748-5462.

March 12-13, Baton Rouge

The 14th Annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set for March 12-13 at the John M. Parker Coliseum on Highland Road in Baton Rouge.

The show will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day and include numerous vendors selling plants and a variety of yard, garden and patio merchandise.

LSU AgCenter horticulturist David Himelrick said the floor of the coliseum will be transformed into a world of plants and gardens for the event.

“You also will be able to walk next door and talk to some of the world’s best chili cooks,” Himelrick said.

In addition to the garden show participants also can visit the 10th Annual Louisiana State and Regional Chili Cook-off and the seventh Annual Baton Rouge Spring Car Show.

Children’s activities also will be available.

For more information contact Himelrick at 225-578-2222.

March 18-19, Covington

The 2016 Northshore Garden and Plant Sale will be held at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington on March 18-19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The show will feature more than 60 plant and garden art booths, educational programs, the LSU AgCenter “Plant Doctor” answering plant questions, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and concessions.

Admission to the show is $5 for adults; those under 18 enter free. Parking will be free.

For additional information contact William Afton at 985-875-2635.

April 2-3, New Orleans

The 37th Annual New Orleans Spring Garden Show will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden April 2-3 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Lee Rouse, LSU AgCenter horticulture agent in Orleans Parish, said the show will feature plant and garden products, exhibits and sales throughout the garden, a kid’s discovery area, educational programs, music, and arts and crafts.

Master Gardeners and LSU AgCenter horticulture experts will be available to answer questions from homeowners, who also may bring soil samples for analysis by the LSU AgCenter's Soil Testing Lab for a fee.

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter for free.

For additional information, contact Rouse at 504-658-2900 or Sarah Everhart at 504-736-6519.

April 8-9, Lake Charles

The Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo 2016 is celebrating its 17th annual show and plant extravaganza in Lake Charles Apr. 8-9 at Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Highway.

Educational programs will include home vegetable gardening, fruit production and ornamentals, and landscape gardening and herbs.

The event will include a plant health clinic with LSU AgCenter experts and Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions. The festival also will include vendors who will have many plants and gardening-related items for sale.

The Garden Expo is a wholesome, educational environment and the perfect activity to bring together friends and families, said LSU AgCenter extension horticulturist Robert Turley.

The expo attracts more than 4,000 garden lovers, residents and visitors each year.

Hours for the event are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

For more information, visit www.gardenfest.org or contact Turley at 337-475-8812.

April 8-9, Alexandria

The third annual Central Louisiana Garden Expo will be held on April 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The garden expo will be held at the State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. Highway 71 South of Alexandria.

The expo will feature vendor booths with lawn and garden items, educational gardening seminars, plants and supplies, a question-and-answer booth, garden clubs and plant societies and Master Gardener demonstrations, said LSU AgCenter agent Sara Shields, who is coordinating the event.

“The purpose of the expo is to let the gardening public know where to obtain gardening products, services and accessories, where garden clubs are located in the central part of the state, to educate the public on gardening issues and to provide a place for sales that make available quality garden plants, products and accessories,” Shields said.

For additional information about the Central Louisiana Garden Expo, contact Shields at 225-638-5533.

June 4, Thibodaux

The La-Terre Master Gardener and Saint Francis Vegetable Garden Field Day will be held June 4 at the St. Francis vegetable plot in Thibodaux. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the programs will begin at 9 a.m.

For additional information about the La-Terre Master Gardener and Saint Francis Vegetable Garden Field Day, contact Barton Joffrion at 985-873-6495.

2/24/2016 6:49:41 PM
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