Garden shows scheduled across Louisiana

BATON ROUGE — As the weather begins to warm up, Louisiana gardeners are preparing for spring. And many are anticipating 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 March and continue into May in Alexandria, Hammond, Raceland, Baton Rouge, Covington, Lake Charles and New Orleans.
March 8, Alexandria
The LSU AgCenter Central Region will host a Spring Garden Seminar and Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 8 at the Louisiana State Evacuation Shelter south of LSUA.
“This event will allow participants to meet with exhibitors and view garden products, services and accessories on display,” said Sara Shields, AgCenter Master Gardener coordinator.
The event will feature come-and-go educational sessions on common garden topics and allow for networking with garden clubs and plant societies.
The educational session will feature talks on raised bed construction, soil selection, basic design and maintenance of drip and sprinkler irrigation systems, emerging landscape diseases, combatting weed in the landscape and hazard trees in the landscape.
Questions regarding the event can be sent to Shield at srshields@agcenter.lsu.edu.
March 9 and 10, Baton Rouge
The 15th annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set for March 9 and 10 at the John M. Parker Coliseum on the LSU campus 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 Ed Bush 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,” Bush said. In addition to the garden show, participants also can visit the 11th annual Louisiana State and Regional Chili Cook-off in front of the coliseum.
Children’s activities also will be available.
For information, contact Carol Johnson at 225-578-1813.
March 15 and 16, Covington
The St. Tammany Master Gardeners will offer the 19th annual Northshore Garden Show and Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 15 and 16.
More than 50 vendors will sell plants and other garden-related items.
The event will be at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, 1301 N. Florida St. in Covington. There is a $5 gate fee for all individuals over 18 years old. Proceeds from the garden show help fund the Bobby Fletcher Sr. Scholarship and the St. Tammany Master Gardener Association Scholarship.
Educational programs will feature topics ranging from insect pollinators and southern landscape plants to wildlife in the landscape and Louisiana Super Plants. The programs will be held both days of the show from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
For additional information, contact William Afton at 985-875-2635.
March 22 to 23, Lake Charles
The 20th annual Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22 and 23 in the Burton Coliseum at 7001 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.
The event will feature gardening, flowers, trees, shrubs, garden accessories, books, demonstrations, educational lectures and general garden tools.
Area, regional and interstate 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.
For information, contact Robert Turley at 337-721-4080 ext. 6502 or rturley@agcenter.lsu.edu.
March 29, West Monroe
The 11th annual Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale will be held on March 29 at the Pavilion at Seventh Square in West Monroe.
The sale will feature vegetables and herbs, houseplants, tropical, flowing vines, butterfly garden plants and many others.
LSU AgCenter horticulture agent Kerry Heafner said local Master Gardeners will be available to help visitors select plants. They will also answer questions, provide gardening tips and even help load customers’ car.
The pavilion is located at 1700 N. Seventh St.
For information, contact Heafner at 318-323-2251.
April 6, Shreveport
The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold its annual spring plant sale from 8 a.m. until noon on April 6 at the Randle T. Moore Center at 3101 Fairfield Ave.
LSU AgCenter horticulture agent Mark Wilson said the sale will feature Louisiana Super Plants, perennials, shade garden plants, native plants and many others.
For information, contact Wilson at 318-698-0010 or visit www.nwlamg.weebly.com.
April 7 and 8, New Orleans
The 39th annual New Orleans Spring Garden Show will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on April 6 and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 7.
Joe Willis and Anna Timmerman, LSU AgCenter horticulture agents in the New Orleans area, said the show will feature plant and garden products, exhibits and sales throughout the garden as well as a kids discovery area, educational programs, music, and arts and crafts.
Master Gardeners and AgCenter horticulture experts will be available to answer questions from homeowners, who also may pick up boxes for their soil samples to be analyzed by the LSU AgCenter Soil Testing Lab for a fee.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter for free.
For information, contact Willis at 504-483-9471 or Timmerman at 504-736-6519.
April 27, Amite
The Tangipahoa Master Gardener Association along with the LSU AgCenter will host its 2019 Spring Garden Day on April 27 at the Florida Parishes Arena at 1301 NW Central Ave. in Amite City from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Parking and admission is $5 per vehicle. The event will feature childrens activities, a plant swap, plant sale, gardening seminars, gardening and agriculture exhibits, the plant diagnostic center and concessions.
For information, contact Melissa Ordoyne at 985-748-5462 or Annie Coco at 985-789-4301 or anniecoco400@gmail.com.
April 27, Raceland
The La-Terre Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held April 27 at the Lafourche Parish AgCenter office in Raceland beginning at 8 a.m.
For information about the La-Terre Master Gardener Plant Sale, contact Barton Joffrion at bjoffrion@agcenter.lsu.edu or 985-873-6495.

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