New Orleans home and garden calendar, April 30-June 5, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by NOAH SIMON -- Monarch butterfly expert Linda Auld makes stops at three local garden centers today (Saturday, Aoril 30) to talk about attracting the insects and raising their food, milkweed.

SATURDAY

  • 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.
  • BUG LADY MONARCH BUTTERFLY TOUR: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Charvet’s, 4511 Clearview Parkway; 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Harold’s Plants, 1135 Press St.; 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Jefferson Feed, 4412 Jefferson Highway. Linda Auld, an expert on raising monarch butterflies, visits three garden centers to talk about milkweed and answer questions. Free. thisauldhouse@bellsouth.net.
  • RAISING BACKYARD CHICKENS: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1750 Carondelet St. Learn how to care for chickens in the local climate. Free with reservation. maria@groundworknola.org.

SUNDAY

  • PASS CHRISTIAN HOME TOUR: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., East Scenic Drive, Pass Christian, Mississippi. Visit four historic homes all within walking distance of each other, when the Pass Christian Historical Society presents its 38th annual home tour. $25 advance, $30 day of tour. (228) 452-5969, www.passhistory.org.

MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY

  • 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.

TUESDAY

  • VALENCE STREET CEMETERY CLEAN-UP: 9 a.m. to noon, Valence Cemetery, 2000 Valence St. come out and help Save Our cemeteries clean up this historic burial ground, established in 1867. It was once the city cemetery for the town of Jefferson City, before the town was annexed to New Orleans in 1870. Free. (504) 525-3377, saveourcemeteries.org.

FRIDAY

  • NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road. Enjoy free admission to the gardens today as Longue Vue celebrates “National Public Gardens Day.” (504) 293-4701, www.longuevue.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 7

  • SUMMER PLANT SALE: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1750 Carondelet St. The Growing Local NOLA folks are cleaning out their greenhouse and offering seedlings and plant starts for $1. Admission free. (504) 507-0357, gstewart@recirculatingfarms.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 8

  • OLD MANDEVILLE HOME TOUR: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Lang House, 605 Carroll St., Mandeville. The self-guided tour offers entry to eight homes and two landmarks, including a recently constructed home that blends with the historic fabric. Art will be offered for sale at each site. This is the seventh annual Mother’s Day tour hosted by the Old Mandeville Historic Association. $20. www.oldmandevillehistoricassociation.org.

THURSDAY TO SATURDAY, MAY 12 TO MAY 14

MASTER GARDENER STATE CONFERENCE: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Hilton New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner. The Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans and the LSU AgCenter host a conference with 25 presentations by experts in horticulture and design, plus a host of optional tours. $225. www.mgno.com/lmg16.

SATURDAY, MAY 14

AVOIDING INVASIVE SPECIES: 9 a.m. to noon, Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St. Learn from botanist Dave Baker, environmental curator of Studio in the Woods, how to choose species that make a positive contribution to the urban ecosystem and how to deal with the invaders. Free. www.parkwaypartnersnola.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 15

  • FAUBOURG MARIGNY HOME TOUR: Noon to 4 p.m. tour, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. after party, tour begins at corner of Press and Dauphine streets. The 44th annual self-guided walking tour offers entry to eight homes, the Project Lazarus Serenity Gardens, and the Marigny Opera House. The after- party at the Den of Muses offers refreshments and live music. $20. (504) 701-7297, info@faubourymarigny.org, faubourgmarigny.org.
  • FRENCH QUARTER HOME TOUR: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., starts at 523 St. Ann St. The Friends of the Cabildo’s self-guided tour offers entry into 6 private homes and courtyards in the Vieux Carré. $50. (504) 523-3939, www.friendsofthecabildo.org.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, MAY 20 TO MAY 22

  • BROMELIAD SHOW & SALE: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Clearview Mall, Metairie. The River Ridge Bromeliad Society presents its 34th annual show and sale featuring many bromeliads and cryptanthus for sale. Experts will answer questions. Free. (504) 467-6415.

THURSDAY, MAY 22

  • FLORAL WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road. Explore traditional watercolor techniques using flora selected from Longue Vue’s gardens. Learn brush movement, value, light and color, layering and wet-in-wet technique with artist Annie Moran. $35. (504) 293-4701, www.longuevue.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 28

  • 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.

SUNDAY, MAY 29

  • HIBISCUS SHOW & SALE: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Grace King High School Cafeteria, 4301 Grace King Place, Metairie. The New Orleans Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society presents a show and sale of rare and exotic hibiscus cultivars. Free. (504) 722-2408.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 5

  • ORCHID SHOW & SALE: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Lakeside Shopping center, Metairie. View exotic orchids (beginning at noon on Saturday) and purchase orchids and supplies from 14 vendors when the New Orleans Orchid Society hosts the largest orchid show in the Deep South, “A Walk in Paradise.” Free. www.neworleansorchidsociety.com.