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Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Day in the Park

Posted By on Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 3:22 AM

If you have never been to the fall garden show at City Park Botanical Garden – or even if you have – you should go this weekend. For the price of admission ($6 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 12 years old, free for children under 5 and Friends of City Park) you not only can spend a day in beautiful surroundings, but you also can pick up all kinds of ideas and information about how to make your home environment lovelier. 

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Botanical Garden hosts two garden shows a year (the other is in the spring) that include dozens of exhibits by botanical and horticultural clubs and organizations as well as vendors with merchandise that ranges from garden décor and tools to plants. There also are half a dozen hour-long workshops on a range of topics. 

The fall show will feature a Scarecrow Trail with handmade scarecrows made by students, families, organizations and garden clubs who will compete for awards for creativity and craftsmanship. 

Saturday’s workshops include horticulturist Dan Gill addressing “Fall Gardening and Storm Recovery at 12:15 p.m.; Rod Gates, a horticulturist for the Royal Sonesta Hotel, discussing “New Tropicals: Successes and Failures” at 1:45 p.m.; and Alan Vaughn, LSU AgCenter horticulturist, on “Citrus Growing and Maintenance” at 3 p.m.  

Sunday’s workshops start at 12:15 p.m. with a session on “Gingers and Other Tropicals” with LSU AgCenter professor Jeff Kuehny; “Home Vegetable Gardening” with horticulture agent Henry Harrison of the LSU AgCenter at 1:45 p.m.; and “Backyard and Community Gardening” with community gardeners Jim Delery and Macon Fry at 3 p.m. 

All workshops are free with garden show admission. 

In addition to exhibits spread throughout the Botanical Garden, there is a sales tent where visitors can purchase plants and other garden-related wares. Food and beverages are available on the grounds. 

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