Fall Garden Festival

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

Fall Garden Festival Blooms in its Twentieth Year

What:  Join garden lovers at this year’s Fall Garden Festival to celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary.  The annual Fall Garden Festival is an educational experience for home gardeners and professionals.

There will be plant and garden product exhibits and sales throughout the garden. A Children's Fun Fest area, educational programs, music, arts & crafts, and more. Programs take place in the Garden Study Center and are free with entrance to the show. There will be live music each day in the Shade Garden along with an aerial dancer. Sponsored by the New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation and Friends of City Park.

Admission:  $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Children under 4 years old and Friends of City Park receive free admission.

When:  Saturday, October 11 from 10am to 5pm
            Sunday, October 12 from 10am to 4pm

Where:   New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park

Contact: Susan Capley New Orleans Botanical Garden Education Director: phone: (504) 483-9473 or email: SCapley@nocp.org

Fall Garden Festival Schedule:

Art Exhibit: “Good eARTh Experience”
Artists Exhibiting:
Hernan Caro - metal
Peggy Bishop - pottery
Charles Trapolin - metal
Wendy Laker - metal
Michael Eddy - concrete and glass
Arden Stewart - glass
Linda Berman - pottery

Aerialist Performance:
Aerialist Oops the Clown from the Mystic Pony Aerial Troupe perform their whimsical aerial acrobatics display while suspended from the live oak trees in the Southern Shade Garden. The performance will be accompanied by music.
Saturday:  12:30pm to 4:30pm
Sunday:    12:30pm to 3:30pm
Sponsored by: Bayou Tree Service

Cooking Demonstrations:
Join Chef Leo Tandecki from “The Vintage Garden Kitchen” for fresh and healthy food cooking demonstrations. More information available here: www.vintagegardenkitchen.org.
12pm- Chicken Tortilla Soup
1pm Tuscan pasta salad with fresh Italian vinaigrette
2pmSpicy black bean tostada with fresh salsa
3pm Middle Eastern Quinoa Bowl with lemon tahini dressing
12:30pm Crunchy Thai Salad with boiled shrimp and spicy peanut lime vinaigrette
1:30pm Chicken Tortilla Soup
2:30pm Kale Slaw with ginger cider vinaigrette

Urban Farm Exhibit:
By Grow Dat Youth Farm

Visit the Urban Farm Academy today. Grow Dat Youth Farm is hosting the following exhibits: vegetable gardening, city composting, a cooking demonstration and featuring their new pop-up market! The Grow Dat Team will be on hand to answer questions you may have about urban farming in New Orleans.

Children’s Fun Fest: 11am - 3pm
Our children’s tent this year will feature activities led by City Park Movement and Art (cityparkmovementandart.com)! Come join them to make a clothespin butterfly, set up a seed sprouting experiment to take home.
Saturday: 1pm- Yoga for Kids (sessions every 15 minutes), 2pm - Garden Storytelling
Sunday: 1pm - Arts & Crafts

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 in the Historic Train Garden. The Scarecrow Trail is supported by Alligator Irrigation Supplies.

Educational Lectures:
Located in the Garden Study Center and FREE with admission to the festival!
Saturday, October 11th
11am – 12pm Kitchen Gardens & Edible Landscapes
Presented by:  Ariel Wallick, Nola Kitchen Gardens, LLC

12:30pm – 1:30pm Seed Saving; Saving Money
Presented by:  Lee Rouse, LSU AgCenter

2pm – 3pm Garden Soil & Compost: What is it? And How to use it for Optimum
Growth for Plants
Presented by: Grant Estrada, Laughing Buddha Nursery

Sunday, October 12th
11am – 12pm Film Documentary “City Park Memories” (a WYES production)

12:30pm – 1:30pm Gardening in the Shade
Presented by: Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter

2pm – 3pm Sustainability for Home and Business
Presented by: Devin Callahan, LifeCity, LLC

Future Fall Garden Festival Dates:

October 10-11, 2015

October 8-9, 2016