The annual “Design Symposium” celebrates the legacy of design and giving that’s Longue Vue’s heritage, thanks to the example of Edith and Edgar Stern. This year’s symposium event, attended by 275 patrons, benefited the Education Center in Longue Vue’s Discovery Garden, which provides garden education and engagement for the children, students and families of Louisiana. Held at the Audubon Tea Room, the décor featured colorful centerpieces donated by local florists and available for sale. Floral sponsors were: Ambrose Gardens LLC; Arbor House Floral & Fragrance; Dunn & Sonnier Antiques, Flowers & Gifts; Giverny Design; Grow with Us Florist; Kim Starr Wise Floral Events; and Mitch’s Flowers. The Plant Gallery donated greenery for the stage and entrance areas. The Shop at Longue Vue also featured a pop-up shopping area filled with holiday-themed décor and items, gardening tools and a selection of evening bags, wraps and accessories. Charlotte Moss spoke on the topic “Gardens that Inspire.” Margot Shaw gave an upbeat presentation entitled “The Best of All Seasons.” Suzanne Krieger, President of the Friends of Longue Vue, provided the welcome and served as Emcee of the event. Executive Director Baty Landis spoke about the importance of the symposium to the mission of Longue Vue and recognized student guests from Cultivating Communities, one of the programs benefiting from the funds raised. The Audubon Tea Room served lunch. As a preview of seasonal Welcome Workshops that will be offered at Longue Vue in 2020, four gift baskets representing each of the seasons were raffled.

The Patron Party, attended by 110 patrons, was held at Longue Vue House and Gardens on Thursday, October 24. Catering was provided by Ralph Brennan Catering and Events and music was provided by guitarist John Rankin. Event Co-Chairs were Louis Aubert and Marian Gibbs, the incoming President of Friends of Longue Vue. The benefactor sponsor was J. Edgar Monroe Foundation.

Event at a Glance

What: “Design Symposium,” benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens

When: Friday, October 25

Where: Audubon Tea Room

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Executive Director Baty Landis and Wayne Woods 

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Lauren Doussan, Judy Doussan, Kathy Weidner and Jane Scott Hodges  

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 Stephanie Laborde, Suzanne Dumez, Mimi Schlesinger and Sweet Dupuy

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 Selby Melius and Elizabeth Landis 

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Charlotte Moss signs books