Fall Garden Festival

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

Join garden lovers at this year’s Fall Garden Festival to celebrate the event’s 22nd 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 and
$5 for children ages 5 -12
Children under 4 years old and Friends of City Park members receive free admission. FOCP members will need to present their membership card.


Saturday, October 6th from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 7th from 10 am to 4 pm

Where:   New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans City Park

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

All classes are free with paid admission to the Fall Garden Festival.

Saturday, October 6th

12pm to 1 pm - “Cool Season Color for Flowerbeds”
Speaker: Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm - ‘Growing Native Milkweeds’
Speaker Linda Auld “Bug Lady”, Barber laboratories
Learn about the new O.E. parasite facing our local Monarch resident population. Hear about the milkweed monitoring project for Citizen Scientists’ participation to determine the tropical milkweed connection. See the different Louisiana native milkweeds, how to grow them, and where to buy them.

3 pm to 4 pm - ‘Glyphosate’
Speaker: Dr. Joe Willis. LSU AgCenter
If you had never heard of it before, I’ll bet you have heard of it now. Whether sold as Roundup, Eraser, Ranger Pro, Killzall, Aqua Star or one of many other brand names, they all use glyphosate as an active ingredient. Virtually every gardener has used it and virtually every gardener has an opinion about it. What is it? How does it work? What is the current research data and what could it mean? When you cut through all the hype and hysteria, where does it stand? This presentation will lay out the information so you have a basis for deciding what you want to do about Glyphosate.

Sunday, October 7th
12:30 pm to1:30 pm - ‘Water Management in New Orleans’
Speaker: Carson Gorecki, Senior City Planner, Storm water Division
New Orleans is a City defined by water. We are surrounded and occasionally inundated. This presentation discusses New Orleans’ relationship with water from the perspective of water quality and storm water management, the responsibilities of the Environmental Affairs Department at the Sewerage & Water Board. It begins with the history and geology of the region, a description of the drainage system, past and present, including the many challenges unique to New Orleans today, and then describes the work that Environmental Affairs Department does at the Board. The presentation ends by discussing potential solutions to these challenges including green infrastructure interventions at the city scale down to the individual.

2 pm to 3 pm - ‘Winter Herb Gardening’
Speaker: Anna Timmerman, Assistant Horticulture Agent, LSU AgCenter
Winter is when many of our most favorite herbs really thrive in New Orleans. Learn how to prepare beds and containers, as well as what herbs can be directly sown and planted in the winter months. Enjoying herbs is a year round proposition here!

Children’s Fun Fest Activities Area:
Stop by the fun fest are to decorate a pumpkin, create a leaf identification book, and then wander through the Scarecrow Trail!

At the start of each hour from 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, join City Park Movement and Art for story time and yoga.

Live music in the Conservatory by French Bred
Saturday and Sunday 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Scarecrow Trail:
Take a stroll through the Scarecrow Trail; open on both days of the festival. The scarecrows have been created by individuals, schools, and organizations. The Scarecrow Trail is located near and inside the Historic Train Garden. The Scarecrow Trail is sponsored by Alligator Irrigation.

Cooking Demo and Tastings:
Mina Seck from Beets N Thyme

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Tomato Jam on baguette with accouterments

2 pm to 3 pm
Veggie Curry with Rice

Miss Farofa, Brazilian Inspired food by Chef Raquel Oliveira

12:30 pm to 1:30pm
Butternut squash risotto with fall vegetables

2 pm to 3 pm
Chicken peanut curry over Louisiana jasmine rice


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 5-6, 2019