Fall Garden Festival

The annual Fall Garden Festival invites visitors to explore horticultural exhibits.

When: October 5 and 6, 2019

Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden


Join garden lovers at this year’s Fall Garden Festival to celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary.  The annual Fall Garden Festival is an educational experience for home gardeners and professionals.

The festival includes plant & garden product exhibits, sales throughout the garden, a Children's Fun Fest activities area, educational programs, music, arts & crafts, and more. Educational programs take place in the Garden Study Center and are free with entrance to the show. There will be live music each day for patrons to enjoy.

This event is sponsored by the New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans City Park, the New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation, and Friends of City Park.

Admission:  $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 years old, Children under 4 years old and Friends of City Park members receive free admission. FOCP members will need to present their membership card.

Photography policy

2019 dates:

Saturday, October 5th from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 6th from 10 am to 4 pm

Purchase tickets HERE

Where:   New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans City Park

Contact: Susan Capley, New Orleans Botanical Garden Education Director (483-9473 or SCapley@nocp.org)

The following workshops are free with admission to the Fall Garden Festival

Grand opening of our NEW Kitchen in the Garden!
Kitchen in the Garden Cooking Demonstrations & Tastings

Saturday, October 5th             
11:00 Bellegarde Bakery, Morgan Angelle. Demo: Ciabatta and Pita
12:00 TacoCat, Charles Murley and Nathan Reed. Demo: Carnitas Tacos and Salsa
1:00 Cattail Cooks- Sierra Torres- Shrimp Boil Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
2:00 Cattail Cooks- Grace Treffinger-Roasted Squash in Fig Leaves with Roasted Pecans
3:00 Two Girls, One shuck, - Becky Wadsen- Louisiana Oysters

Sunday, October 6th
11:00 Karibu Kitchen, Pat White- Fried Green Tomato Pie
12:00 Black Pearl- Woody Poche- Blackened Fish Tacos
1:00 Midnight Noodle- Melvin Stoval III- Tingling Sichuan Vegetable Fried Rice
2:00 Beets N Thyme- Mina Seck-Mango Hot Sauce
3:00 Maypop, Sous Chef Miles Glenn, Vegan Pimento Cheese

Special Train Tour:

Tour Saturday, October 5th 11:00-11:30 meet at the entrance to the Historic Train Garden
“Walk through New Orleans”
Guide: Peggy Howard, Greater New Orleans Master Gardener
Walk through our historic train garden with Peggy to learn about the plants in the neighborhoods.

Fall Garden Festival Speakers:

Saturday, October 5th
12:00-1:00 “Fall Vegetables for the Home Garden”, Dr. Kathryn Fontenot, LSU AgCenter
1:30-2:30 “Basic Beekeeping”, Russell Harris, Beekeeping Enthusiast 
3:00-4:00 "Geaux Grow Natives!" project, Speaker Linda Barber Auld, "BugLady", Barber Laboratories. Book Signing of Linda's new book, "BugLady's Butterfly Summer" to follow.

Sunday, October 6th
12:30-1:30 “Farm to Table: A History”, Anna Timmerman, LSU AgCenter
2:00-3:00 “Meet the Natives – Gardening with Natives in South Louisiana”, Speaker Nell Howard, Vice-president of Native Plant Initiative

Children’s Fun Fest Area                 
Kids! Stop by the fun fest are to decorate a pumpkin and check out all the children’s activities provided by the New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park Movement and Art and the Girl Scouts Louisiana East then wander through the Scarecrow Trail!

Saturday, October 5th
11:00-1:00 New Orleans Botanical Garden
1:00-5:00 City Park Movement and Art
Sunday, October 6th
12:00-2:00 New Orleans Botanical Garden
2:00-4:00 Girl Scouts Louisiana East

Scarecrow Trail:
Take a stroll through out life-sized scarecrows created by individuals, area schools and organizations. This is a competition for best of show for a cash prize and and first, second & third place ribbon winners in each category. Supported by Alligator Irrigation Supplies

Music in the Conservatory: TBA


Create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow for the Fall Garden Festival Scarecrow Contest! Individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations and schools are all invited to participate in this annual competition. The scarecrows will be on display in the garden during October and will be judged on the Saturday of the Fall Garden Festival. 

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Future Fall Garden Festival Dates:

October 10 and 11, 2020

October 9 and 10, 2021

October 8 and 9, 2022

October 7 and 8, 2023

October 5 and 6, 2024