New Orleans garden show scheduled for April 2-3

Caption: Participants of the New Orleans Spring Garden Show receive a lesson on tropical plants. The 37th annual show will be held in City Park on April 2-3. (Photo by Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter)

(02/24/16) 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 be more compact this year so participants don’t have to walk all over the park to find vendors.

“Sure they can walk the park if the like, but they won’t have to since we’ll have everything more centrally located,” he said.

The show will still feature plant and garden products, exhibits and sales, a kids’ 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 Soil Testing Lab for a fee.

“We’ll have vendors from around the state to give gardening tips and techniques, giving insight on new plants and varieties,” Rouse said.

From locals to those from out of town or out of state, attending the garden show will be a great experience, he said.

“New Orleans has a great growing season that lasts almost 12 months out of the year,” Rouse said. “And there are probably plants growing here that you’ve never seen before.”

The goal of the show this year is to focus more on education, said Sarah Everhart, LSU AgCenter horticulturist in Jefferson Parish.

The spring show is an annual event, where thousands of people come to learn and to purchase garden products.

“Each year the show features displays from a number of governmental agencies and the LSU AgCenter,” Everhart said.

The spring garden show offers more than just a place to come and buy plants, she said. Gardeners can learn about new varieties, visit with friends and enjoy the beauty of the Botanical Garden.

“We cater more to the home gardener, who is not only interested in buying plants and gardening products, but also wants to gain some information about the horticulture industry,” Rouse said.

The kids’ discovery area will feature a variety of activities where children can learn as they have fun outside.

Admission to the garden show 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 Everhart at 504-736-6519
2/24/2016 9:37:17 PM
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