Fall Garden Festival

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

**Due to anticipated tropical weather the Fall Garden Festival is canceled for 10/7/17 and 10/8/17.**

 

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.

 

When:  

Saturday, October 7th from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 8th 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)

Fall Garden Festival 2017:

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Education

11:30am to 12:30pm “Fall Gardening” Speaker Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter

1pm to 2pm “The World According to Grumpy” Speaker The Grumpy Gardener AKA Steve Bender, Southern Living Magazine. Steve will reveal age-old truths about good and bad plants and wise and stupid horticultural practices so that all who hear them may find enlightenment and happiness in their gardens without resorting to mind-altering substances.

2:15pm to 3:15pm Book signing of Steve Bender’s new book “Grumpy Gardener: An A to Z Guide from the Country's Most Irritable Green Thumb”

3pm to 4pm “Saving Our Monarch Butterflies” Speaker Linda Auld, Barber Laboratories

Music
Noon to 3pm French Bred located at the Pavilion on Two Sisters

Noon to 3pm Mike Doussan will be playing guitar & singing his way around the garden.

Cooking Demonstrations
(The first 25 people sitting in chairs will get a sample)

Miles Glynn, Sous Chef, Maypop Restaurant
Noon “Fried eggplant and watermelon salad” with fermented tofu vinaigrette and mint.

Justin Bruhl,Chef/Owner, Matchbook Kitchen
1pm “Báhn Xèo crepe” bean sprouts, herbs, sautéed mushroom, and nuoc cham.

2pm Szechuan Chinese Mushroom and Tofu Salad: celery, mint, cilantro, Szechuan peppercorn dressing (bright, spicy, umami)

3pm Northern Thai Laab Gai: Warm Thai chicken salad with a lime vinaigrette, over sushi rice (herbaceous, bright, spicy, and savory)

Scarecrow trail:
Take a stroll through life-sized and miniature scarecrows created by individuals, area schools and organizations.
Supported by Alligator Irrigation Supplies


Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Education
12:30pm to 1:30pm“The Abundant Fall Vegetable Garden” Speaker Dr. Joe Willis, LSU AgCenter

2pm to 3pm “Winter Herbs” Speaker Anna Timmerman, LSU AgCenter

Music
Noon to 3pm French Bred located at the Pavilion on Two Sisters
Noon to 3pm Mike Doussan will be playing guitar & singing his way around the garden.

Cooking Demonstrations
(The first 25 people sitting in chairs will get a sample)

Chef Kenneth Temple, Savory LLC, Hunger Trap  
12:30 “Crawfish Maque Choux” Maque Choux is a smothered corn dish by Native American and since I have Choctaw and Cherokee in my family this dish is homage

Scarecrow Trail
Take a stroll through life-sized and miniature scarecrows created by individuals, area schools and organizations.
Supported by Alligator Irrigation Supplies

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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. 

Click here for more details.

2017 Scarecrow Trail Winners

School & Youth Category
Best in Show: “When Crows Away, Scarecrows Play” Hazel Park-Hilda Knoff School
1st Traditional: “Two Crazy Characters” Benjamin Franklin Elementary Gifted Pre-K Class
2nd Traditional: “Our Boo-tiful Garden” Scared Heart of Jesus School, Norco
3rd Traditional: “Sammy the Scarecrow” John Q. Adams Middle School
1st Scary: “Blair” Ursuline Academy
2nd Scary: “Slender Man” Elmwood Park Academy 7th & 8th Grade
3rd Scary: “Louisiana Dreamin’ Scarecrow Style” Abbott/Christiansen Families
1st Funny: “Winnie Wines” Sage Folse & Grammy

Adult Category
Best in Show: “The Scary Mess” House of Shock
1st Traditional: “Derbie Debbie” Lakeview Botany Guild
2nd Traditional: “Happy Gardener” Terrytown Garden Club
3rd Traditional: “Orange’t I Beautiful” Lake Forest Garden Club
1st Scary: “Body Pump-kin to Death” River Ridge Garden Club
2nd Scary: “Marie LaBoo” Aurora Plantation Gardeners
3rd Scary: “See No, Speak No, Hear No Evil” Shady Oaks Garden Club
1st Funny: “Earl E. Riser” Magnolia Community Services
2nd Funny: “Baby Cake” Lake Terrace Garden Club
3rd Funny: “Fishin’ Louisiana Style” Fleur de Lis Garden Club

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Future Fall Garden Festival Dates:

October 6-7, 2018
October 5-6, 2019