SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MARCH 28 AND MARCH 29

  • BIG BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. The Friends of Jefferson Parish Library hosts a sale of 65,000 books, including many home design and gardening titles. Free. (504) 455-2665, friendsJPL@yahoo.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28

  • SHOTGUN HOUSE TOUR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Irish Channel. This self-guided tour of seven shotgun houses demonstrates the versatility of this iconic New Orleans house type. $25 advance, $30 day of tour. (504) 581-7032, www.prcno.org.
  • GROWING VEGETABLES: 10 a.m. to noon, Garden Study Center, New Orleans Botanical Garden. In the third installment of “Lessons with Lee,” Lee Rouse of the LSU AgCenter offers a practical overview of growing vegetables from seed in the spring garden. $10 by advance registration. (504) 483-9473, scapley@nocp.org.
  • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne). The market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids’ tent. Free. (504) 523-1465.
  • DAYLILY SOCIETY MEETING: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Eastbank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Dr. Henry Bradford of Covington will discuss hybridizing day lilies. Free. eehollan@bellsouth.net.
  • SPRING FIESTA FRENCH QUARTER WALKING TOUR III: 9:30 a.m., departs 826 St. Ann St. The tour is led by a licensed guide. $20. www.springfiesta.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

  • SPRING FIESTA FRENCH QUARTER WALKING TOUR IV: 9:30 a.m., departs 826 St. Ann St. The tour of the Vieux Carré is led by a licensed guide. $20. www.springfiesta.com.
  • SPRING FIESTA FRENCH QUARTER HOME TOUR II: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., departs 826 St. Ann St. The self-guided tour takes visitors inside in Vieux Carré homes. $30. (504) 581-1367, www.springfiesta.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31

  • IKEBANA CLASSES: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Shops at 2011 Magazine St. Learn the stress-reducing art of Japanese floral arranging. $25, includes lunch. (504) 235-1558.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

  • DANCE WITH NATURE FLOWER SHOW: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park. The Federated Council of New Orleans Garden Clubs presents its annual flower show. $4. (504) 483-9386.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

  • FRERET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Freret at Napoleon. Outdoor market offers more than 90 vendors of food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds. Free. www.freretmarket.org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

  • RAINBOW IRIS FESTIVAL: Noon to 4 p.m., Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, City Park. The New Orleans Iris Society presents its fifth annual festival, which offers views of thousands of blooming irises in the garden, as well as an iris show and demonstrations of iris care and propagation. Free. eehollan@bellsouth.net.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

  • NOBG FOUNDATION SYMPOSIUM - JENKS FARMER: 5 p.m. cocktail reception and garden tours, 6:15 p.m. lecture by Jenks Farmer, 7 p.m. Q & A and book signing, Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden. The second annual symposium (sponsored by the New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation) features a talk and book-signing by plantsman Augustus Jenkins “Jenks” Farmer, who espouses old style, earth-friendly gardening practices. $45. (504) 483-9473, www.symposium.nobotanicalgarden.com.

RENOVATE RIGHT: 6 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M., PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER, 923 TCHOUPITOULAS ST. THE PRC STAFF AND TRUSTED EXPERTS EXPLAIN THE INS AND OUTS OF PLANNING AND MANAGING A SUCCESSFUL RENOVATION PROJECT. THE CLASS CONTINUES AT THE SAME TIMES ON APRIL 14 AND APRIL 21, 7 ½ HOURS OF INSTRUCTION. $65 WITH PRE-REGISTRATION. (504) 581-7032, WWW.PRCNO.ORG.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

  • HARRISON AVENUE MARKETPLACE: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Lakeview Grocery parking lot, 801 Harrison Ave. The popular mid-week market features arts and crafts, food vendors, live music and refreshments. Free. (504) 535-4486, www.harrisonavenuemarketplace.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

  • ASID HISTORIC INTERIORS TALK: 5 p.m., Delgado Community College, Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, 615 City Park Ave. Dr. Peter Dedek, ASID, presents a lecture on “The Endangered Historic Interior.” Free. (504) 866-7795, www.asidneworleans.org.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, APRIL 11 AND APRIL 12

  • 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. Visit with dozens of vendors, purchase plants and attend educational sessions at this event. Extras include a “Discovery Zone” for kids and arts and crafts in the azalea garden. $8. (504) 483-9386, www.neworleanscitypark.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

  • PARKWAY PARTNERS SECOND SATURDAY: 10 a.m. talk, 9 a.m. to noon plant sale. Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St. Learn all about the “Essentials of Landscaping: Foundation Planting and Design for Your Landscape.” Free. (504) 620-2224, www.parkwaypartnersnola.org.
  • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St. Indoor and outdoor market offers festive array of creative art, jewelry, crafts, vintage clothes, collectibles and more. Free. (504) 269-3982, creemccree@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

  • BYWATER HOME TOUR: Noon to 4 p.m., begins at 3041 N. Rampart St. This self-guided tour of eight historic homes in Bywater features New Orleans house types including shotgun houses and Creole cottages in a variety of styles. $20. (504) 812-8481, cjdixon@latterblum.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

  • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne). The market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids’ tent. Free. (504) 523-1465.

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