New Orleans area home and garden events, March 12-May 4, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Vibrant colors on the exterior of Mike Buckley and Alan Santos' sidehall house express Santos' taste, inspired by his Cuban heritage. The house is on tour Sunday, March 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the Spring Fiesta.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

  • HOME & GARDEN SHOW: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Mercedes Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive. Join the Home Builders Association of New Orleans at its 61st annual show, featuring hundreds of vendors and seminars on timely topics. $15. www.neworleanshomeshows.com.

SPRING FIESTA WEEKEND II: 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M., 826 ST. ANN ST. (HEADQUARTERS) AND VARIOUS SITES IN THE FRENCH QUARTER. THE ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL FEATURES WALKING TOURS, HOME TOURS, THE PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF THE SPRING FIESTA QUEEN AND HER COURT, AND A CARRIAGE PARADE THROUGH THE VIEUX CARRÉ. FESTIVAL WEBSITE PROVIDES INFO ON TIMES, LOCATIONS AND FEES FOR EACH EVENT. (504) 581-1367, WWW.SPRINGFIESTANOLA.COM.

SATURDAY

  • CAMELLIA CLUB OF N.O. TUTORIAL: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road. The Club presents its annual tutorial, which includes a presentation on the care of camellias, as well as grafting demonstrations and information on other methods of propagating camellias. A limited number of camellia plants will be on sale. Free. (985) 726-5187 or (504) 616-4378.
  • SPRING GARDEN DAY: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Highway, Hammond. The LSU AgCenter and Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners Association host the annual event, featuring kids activities, plant sales, gardening seminars, gardening and agriculture exhibits, and concessions. $5 per vehicle. (985) 543-4125, www.lsuagcenter.com/hammond.
  • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St. This indoor and outdoor market offers dozens of vendors purveying food, refreshments, vintage goods, art, crafts and live music. Free. (504) 269-3982.
  • ANNUAL PARKS AND PARKWAYS PLANT SALE: 8 a.m. to noon, Department of Parks and Parkways, 2829 Gentilly Blvd. Hosted in conjunction with the Parkway Partners, the sale offers a large selection of trees and plants. Dan Gill will be on hand to answer questions and aid in selection. Free. (504) 620-2224, www.parkwaypartnersnola.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, AND SATURDAY, MARCH 19

  • NORTHSHORE GARDEN AND PLANT SALE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, Covington. More than 60 vendors appear at this event, which also features talks and a plant doctor. $5. (985) 875-2635.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

  • ARMSTRONG PARK ROSE GARDEN TOUR: 10 a.m., meet at Park entrance, 801 N. Rampart St. Leo Watermeier leads a guided tour of the garden, where more than 130 varieties of old garden roses are blooming. Free (free parking in Municipal Auditorium lot, enter Basin Street). leowatermeier@cox.net.
  • DAYLILY HYBRIDIZING BASICS: 9:30 a.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Dr. Henry Bradford will discuss the hybridizing efforts he uses develop new daylilies and explain the basics of hybridization. Free. (504) 889-8143, wcsmith@jplibrary.net.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26

  • PALMER PARK ARTS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park, South Carrollton at South Claiborne. Shop for handmade arts and crafts at this monthly market that also features food and music. Presented by the Arts Council. Free. www.artsneworleans.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 29

  • PICTURING NEW ORLEANS IN 1873 LECTURE: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St. Gary Van Zante, curator of architecture, design and photography at the MIT Museum, will explore the city as revealed by “Jewell’s Crescent City Illustrated,” which brought together photography and wood engraving to showcase New Orleans’s architectural and commercial development. Free. www.hnoc.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 31

  • IKEBANA: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2011 Magazine St. Learn the art of Japanese flower arranging from Alison Scott. $22. (504) 235-1558.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2, AND SUNDAY, APRIL 3

  • SPRING GARDEN SHOW: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park. Explore the garden while taking in 50 exhibits, enjoying family-friendly activities and purchasing plants. A series of talks and a plant health clinic round out the offerings. $8. (504) 483-9471, www.neworleanscitypark.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3

  • BYWATER HOME TOUR: Noon to 4 p.m., headquarters 3405 Royal St. The Bywater Neighborhood association presents its annual tour of homes, a collection of eight homes in varying architectural styles. $20. (504) 220-6481, www.bywater.org.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5

  • OLD GARDEN ROSE SOCIETY MEETING: 7 p.m., John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie. Rose experts Sue and Eddie Sanchez discuss “The Romantic Austin Roses.” $5. (504) 831-0525, Angelico111@cox.net.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10

  • SALE OF ANTIQUE ROSES: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while supplies last, 5916 Cleveland Drive, Metairie. The New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society offers 150 to 200 plants grown by members. Free admission, $10 per rose. (504) 831-0525, Angelico111@cox.net.
  • LOUISIANA IRIS RAINBOW FESTIVAL: Noon to 5 p.m., Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, City Park. The Greater New Orleans Iris Society and the American Iris Society present their third show of irises plus irises for sale. Free. eehollan@bellsouth.net.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13

  • ROSE GARDENING SYMPOSIUM: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Burden Center off Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Rose Society presents three speakers discussing various aspects of rose growing: Mark Windham (University of Tennessee professor), Peggy Martin and BJ Abshire (Acadiana Rose Society). Allen Owings (LSU AgCenter) will be the master of ceremonies. Free. www.batonrougerosesociety.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16, AND SUNDAY, APRIL 17

  • SHOTGUN HOUSE TOUR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Garden District (headquarters TBA). Tour seven private Garden District homes that showcase the livability and versatility of New Orleans’ iconic shotgun houses. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. (504) 581-7032, www.prcno.org.

MONDAY, APRIL 18

  • BOTANICAL GARDEN SPRING SYMPOSIUM: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., New Orleans Botanical Garden, Pavilion of the Two Sisters, 3 Victory Ave. A cocktail reception precedes a talk by one of the world’s foremost horticulturists and author of several books on horticulture, Dr. Allan Armitage, titled “Tales of the Garden.” Event includes an auction of rare plants. $45. (504) 483-9473, www.neworleanscitypark.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30

  • ST. FRANCISVILLE SPRING GARDEN STROLL: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., West Feliciana AgCenter, 5924 Commerce St., St. Francisville. The Feliciana Master Gardeners of the LSU AgCenter present a tour of beautiful private gardens in West Feliciana Parish. $20. (225) 635-3614, www.strancisvillespringstroll.org.

MONDAY, MAY 2, TO WEDNESDAY, MAY 4

  • MISSISSIPPI STATE GARDEN CONFERENCE: various times, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, 151 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Mississippi. Enjoy days of talks by the likes of garden gurus Felder Rushing and Gary Bachman at the annual conference of the Mississippi State Master Gardeners. $135 and up. (228) 424-7059, mmgaconvention2016@yahoo.com.