Blossoms to butterflies, spring garden show has it all

The New Orleans Botanical Garden Spring Garden Show offers gardeners and garden admirers the ideal opportunity to quell their spring fever by viewing exhibits, buying plants, and enjoying the botanical garden at peak bloom.

But it also offers something else: the chance to attend lectures by pros on a variety of gardening topics. The following lectures are held on site in the Botanical Garden’s Garden Study Center, with admission to the show.

Saturday, April 5

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: 2014 Spring Super Plants Selections, Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter. Each spring and fall, the LSU AgCenter releases the names of new plants to add to the list of superior performers in our area. Gill will unveil the newest selections and discuss their appealing properties.

1 to 2 p.m.: 100 Years of Extension, Bobby Fletcher, LSU AgCenter, Urban Agriculture Program Leader. The LSU AgCenter and its extension services provide essential information and assistance to both home and commercial growers.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: The Wonderful World of Butterflies, Linda Auld, Barber Laboratories. A stroll through the botanical garden showcases the wide variety of butterflies that can be attracted given the right conditions.

Sunday, April 6

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: The Southern Shade Garden, Robin Tanner, Tanner Landscapes, Inc. In New Orleans’ sunny climate, it’s easy to forget that shade gardening can yield beautiful results. Learn which plants thrive in shade and get ideas for creating a shade garden.

1 to 2 p.m.: Citrus Canker and Texas Phoenix Palm Decline Emphasis, Melanie Ivy, LSU AgCenter, Extension Plant Pathologists. Two bacterial diseases will be discussed, one that results in unattractive fruit but does not kill the host (citrus canker) and the other that is fatal to certain varieties of palm trees.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: History of Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans, Linda Visanau, Master Gardener of Greater New Orleans. Master Gardeners undergo a rigorous education and training program before becoming certified and, in exchange, must commit to a prescribed number of hours serving the public good. Learn about the many projects that the Master Gardeners have undertaken.

For more information on talks, call (504) 658-2900.