(01/25/23) BATON ROUGE, La. — As the weather begins to warm, Louisiana gardeners will soon be out preparing for spring planting. For many growers, it’s hard to wait for that first opportunity to begin work in their gardens and flower beds.
With that in mind, the LSU AgCenter has announced its lineup of spring garden shows and expos that will kick off in February and continue into April in DeRidder, Hammond, Destrehan, Baton Rouge, Covington, Lake Charles and New Orleans.
Feb. 11, DeRidder
The Beauregard Master Gardeners will present their annual garden forum Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the War Memorial Civic Center at 250 W. 7th St. in DeRidder.
Topics will include school gardening, improving garden soil naturally, container gardening, landscaping for wildlife and wind-resistant trees.
There is no charge for this event. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, area horticulture agent, at 337-463-7006.
Also, you may obtain regular “Green Thumbs” updates about gardening by sending your request to Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 10 to 12, Baton Rouge
The LSU AgCenter and the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences will present the 21st annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show March 10 to 12 at the John M. Parker Coliseum on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
The show will open Friday, March 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. for a preview “sip and shop.” The full show will run on Saturday and Sunday 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.
The floor of the coliseum will be transformed into a world of plants and gardens for the event.
“The 2023 spring garden show will feature exhibitor displays for plant sales, production, garden accessories, crafts and other products and services related to the garden industry,” said Lindsay Reed, show coordinator. “Also featured will be plant health and identification clinics and children’s activities.”
General admission will be $7 per person, and children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. LSU and Southern University students get in free with student ID.
For more information, contact Reed at 225-578-1205 or by email at LReed@agcenter.lsu.edu
March 24 to 25, Lake Charles
The 23rd annual Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo will be held March 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.
The event will feature gardening, flowers, trees, shrubs, garden accessories and tools, books, demonstrations and educational lectures. Exhibitors and vendors will be there to assist with plant and garden needs.
Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
March 25 to 26, Destrehan
The 2023 Destrehan Plantation Spring Garden Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 12034 River Road in Destrehan.
The 2023 Spring Garden Festival will feature vendors and small business owners that focus on the porch, patio, yard and garden. The spring garden festival also will include seminars and exhibits, a country store, a discovery and activity tent for children, a beekeeping demonstration, a visit from the Easter Bunny from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.
There will also be an Easter egg hunt for children, live entertainment, spring drinks with alcohol and a food and beverage court.
Parking is free and available on site. Additional parking is available at the Bridge Park and on the levee.
Admission will be paid online through QR codes available on the Destrehan Plantation webpage and at the entry gate.
April 1 to 2, New Orleans
The annual spring garden show in New Orleans will be held April 1 to 2 at the New Orleans Botanical Garden.
The garden show includes plant and garden product exhibits, sales throughout the garden, a children’s discovery tent, educational programs, live music, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations and more.
Educational programs will take place in the Garden Study Center and are free with entrance to the show. There also will be live music each day.
This event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the Metro Area Horticulture Foundation, the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Louisiana Master Gardeners, New Orleans City Park and Friends of City Park.
Admission to the show is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under 4 years old and Friends of City Park members receive free admission.
For additional information, contact Chris Dunaway at email@example.com.
April 15, Hammond
The 2023 Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
The event will feature educational exhibits, kids’ activities, gardening seminars, gardening advice, and the Hammond Research Station plant sale. They will have vegetable starts, flowers, shrubs, trees, Super Plants and a whole lot more. There also will be food concessions.
The purpose of these events is to educate the public on LSU AgCenter recommendations for gardening and related topics; showcase garden products and services available in the area; and provide a fundraising activity for the Hammond gardens and students at the Hammond Research Station.
The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station is located at 1549 Old Covington Highway in Hammond.
For additional information, contact the station at 985-543-4125 or Jeb Fields at JFields@agcenter.lsu.edu.
April 21 and 22, Covington
The St. Tammany Master Gardeners will host the 20th annual Northshore Garden Show and Plant Sale on April 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.
Education programs will be presented on both days between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with a separate children’s activities booth on the show floor.
More than 40 vendors will be selling plants, and other garden-related items will be available.
The show is held at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, 1301 N. Florida St. in Covington. There is a $5 gate fee for all individuals 18 and over. Those under 18 and first responders may enter free of charge.
Proceeds from the garden show help fund the Bobby Fletcher Sr. Scholarship and the St. Tammany Master Gardener Association Scholarship.
For additional information, contact William Afton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-875-2635.