NEW ORLEANS (press release) – 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, arts & crafts, and more. Educational programs take place in the Garden Study Center and are free with entrance to the festival.

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.

NEW THIS YEAR: While at the festival, stop into the new Kitchen in the Garden, located in the PLANO (Professional Landman’s Association of New Orleans) vegetable garden. The new state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen will serve as a hub for food education and culinary training, as well as provide a unique space for event rentals. Programming at this new facility will focus on nutrition and healthy living, highlight environmental stewardship and offer hands-on culinary workshops and cooking demonstrations on various food and gardening topics. The outdoor kitchen will also host a Chefs’ Dinner Series presented by René Fransen and Eddie Bonin featuring New Orleans top chefs.


$10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 -12

Children under 4 years old and Friends of City Park members receive free admission



Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans City Park, 5 Victory Avenue, New Orleans Louisiana 70124



Susan Capley, New Orleans Botanical Garden Education Director (504-483-9473 or


SCHEDULE: All workshops are free with paid admission to the Fall Garden Festival.



Saturday, October 5

12pm -1pm “Fall Vegetables for the Home Garden,” Dr. Kathryn Fontenot, LSU AgCenter

1:30pm -2:30pm “Basic Beekeeping,” Russell Harris, Beekeeping Enthusiast

3pm -4pm “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 6

12:30pm -1:30pm “Farm to Table: A History,” Anna Timmerman, LSU AgCenter

2pm -3pm “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 to decorate a pumpkin and check out all of 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 5

11am -1pm New Orleans Botanical Garden

1pm-5pm City Park Movement and Art

Sunday, October 6

12pm-2pm New Orleans Botanical Garden

2pm-4pm Girl Scouts Louisiana East


Kitchen in the Garden Cooking Demonstrations & Tastings

Saturday, October 5      

11am Bellegarde Bakery, Morgan Angelle. Demo: Ciabatta and Pita

12pm TacoCat, Charles Murley and Nathan Reed. Demo: Carnitas Tacos and Salsa

1pm Cattail Cooks- Sierra Torres- Shrimp Boil Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

2pm Cattail Cooks- Grace Treffinger-Roasted Squash in Fig Leaves with Roasted Pecans

3pm Two Girls, One Shuck, – Becky Wadsen- Louisiana Oysters

Sunday, October 6

11am Karibu Kitchen, Pat White- Fried Green Tomato Pie

12pm Black Pearl- Woody Poche- Blackened Fish Tacos

1pm Midnight Noodle- Melvin Stoval III- Tingling Sichuan Vegetable Fried Rice

2pm Beets N Thyme- Mina Seck-Mango Hot Sauce

3pm Maypop, Sous Chef Miles Glenn, Vegan Pimento Cheese


Special Train Tour:

Saturday, October 5

11am -11:30am meet at the entrance to the Historic Train Garden for “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.


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.