Daylily hybrids enchant Covington gardeners _lowres

Photo provided by Henry and Patty Bradford -- Vivid colors and a never-ending variety of shapes and markings make hybridized daylilies fascinating to hobbyists. Henry Bradford will discuss hybridizing daylilies on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Free. (504) 889-8143, wcsmith@jplibrary.net

SATURDAY

  • BIG TREESY TREE GIVEAWAY: 9 a.m. to noon, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, 14001 Dwyer Blvd. Choose from 30 different types of trees being given away by the NOLA Tree Project. First tree free, $15 additional trees. (504) 415-8434, www.nolatreeproject.org.
  • 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.
  • 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 now 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.
  • ARCHITECTURE OF ANTOINE’S TALK: 10 a.m. to noon, Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive. Hear architect Harvey Burns of the firm Jahcnke & Burns discuss the fascinating architectural evolution of the iconic restaurant. Free. www.algiershistoricalsociety.org.

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.
  • FLOWER GARDENING WORKSHOP: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Growing Local, 1750 Carondelet St. Megan Webbeking of NOLA Tilth teaches a workshop on growing a flower garden, including how to test pH levels, protect from pests, what to plant in New Orleans’ climate, growing for birds and butterflies, preparing blooms and much more. Free. (504) 507-0357, gstewart@recirculatingfarms.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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

  • FRERET MARKET: Noon to 6 p.m., Freret at Napoleon. This outdoor market features art, crafts, vintage goods, pet adoptions, food and music. Free. www.freretmarket.org.

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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

  • 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.
  • HERB SOCIETY PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2202 Gen. Pershing St. The New Orleans Unit of the American Herb Society presents its semi-annual sale of herbs, native plants. Free. (504) 615-5357.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10

  • SALE OF ANTIQUE ROSES: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while supplies last, 5916 Cleveland Place, 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 how 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.
  • HARRISON AVENUE MARKETPLACE: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 801 Harrison Ave. This outdoor event in the Lakeview neighborhood features more than 75 vendors of food, arts and crafts, and features live music and activities for children. Free. (504) 535-4486, www.harrisonavenuemarketplace.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, 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.stfrancisvillespringstroll.org.
  • 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.

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.