SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

  • BIG BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd. (at the Lake), Kenner. The sale offers more than 65,000, including gently used home design and garden books, all to benefit the Jefferson Parish Library System. Sponsored by Friends of the Jefferson Parish Library. (504) 455-2665, friendsJPL@yahoo.com.
  • ALGIERS POINT HOME TOUR: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., starts at 141 Delaronde St. The Algiers Point Association hosts a self-guided tour of seven residences in the city’s second-oldest neighborhood. Stops include six historic homes and an apartment in a renovated school building. $15. www.algierspoint.org/hometour.html.

SECRET GARDENS OF THE VIEUX CARRÉ: NOON TO 4 P.M., TOUR STARTS AT CREOLE DELICACIES, 533 ST. ANN ST. THIS SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR OFFERS ADMISSION TO SEVEN DIFFERENT GARDENS EACH DAY, ALL LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC FRENCH QUARTER. SPONSORED BY PATIO PLANTERS, THE GROUP THAT PUTS ON THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROLING IN JACKSON SQUARE. $20, FREE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12. (888) 756-6250, NEWS@PATIOPLANTERS.ORG.

SATURDAY

  • LOUISIANA IRIS SALE: 10 a.m. to noon, Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. The Greater New Orleans Iris Society hosts its annual sale of Louisiana irises, this year featuring 80 to 100 different cultivars in all shades of the rainbow. Free. eehollan@bellsouth.net.
  • HERB SOCIETY PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2202 Gen. Pershing St. The New Orleans Unit of the Herb Society of America offers a variety of hard-to-find plants, especially those that attract butterflies, pollinators and hummingbirds. Proceeds support its projects and educational programs. Free. (504) 899-3391.
  • LASALLE PARK GARDEN OPEN HOUSE: 9 a.m. to noon, Stable Drive across from Zephyr Field. Sarah Bertrand of the LSU AgCenter leads tours of the vegetable garden, which serves as a demonstration garden for various growing techniques. Free. (504) 483-9471, cdunaway@agcenter.lsu.edu.

SUNDAY

  • COLISEUM SQUARE HOUSE TOUR: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., tours depart every 20 minutes from Coliseum Square, 1700 Coliseum St. Visit five historic residences in the Lower Garden District, guided by neighborhood experts. $25. (504) 232-7780, www.coliseumsquare.org.

TUESDAY

  • ORCHID SOCIETY EVENT: 7 p.m., Garden study center, New Orleans Botanical Garden (enter through rear entrance). Bob Thoms of Florida discusses Bulbophyllum culture. Free. (504) 888-6639, www.neworleansorchidsociety.org.

THURSDAY

  • NOTARIAL ARCHIVES SEMINAR: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Notarial Archives Division, 1340 Poydras St., Suite 360 To celebrate American Archives Month, Clerk of Civil District Court Dale Atkins’ office will offer an in-depth seminar on how to use the notarial archives for a variety of purposes. Free but registration limited to 25. jstrawn@orleanscdc.com.
  • BYWATER RENOVATORS HAPPY HOUR: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., 3413 Chartres St. Join the owners at their renovation-in-progress at this bracketed double shotgun and learn about their challenges and the solutions they found. Sponsored by the Preservation Resource Center. $10. (504) 581-7032, www.prcno.org.
  • BLOOM WORKSHOP: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Longue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Unwind with a glass of wine and tasty cheese while creating a stunning succulent terrarium with Emily Eberwine of Pick-a-Petal. $40 by advance registration (materials and refreshments included in price). (504) 293-4721, www.longuevue.com.

FRIDAY

  • AT HOME IN THE VIEUX CARRE: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 1128 Burgundy St. Join residents of the French Quarter at an 1853 Creole cottage to initiate VCPORA’s annual “At Home” series, aimed at introducing New Orleanians and guests to the Quarter’s residential community. $10. (504) 581-7200, meglousteau@vcpora.org.
  • MOURNING IN LOUISIANA TOUR: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays only through November, begins at the Pitot House Museum, 1440 Moss St. Meet at the Pitot House on Bayou St. John and walk to the historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 (3421 Esplanade Ave.), where a trained and licensed tour guide with Save Our Cemeteries will discuss burial customs and historical figures interred in the cemetery. Returning to the Pitot House, the group takes a short tour of the house and collections, showcasing 19th century mourning attire and other period necro-artifacts. $30. (504) 482-0312.

SATURDAY, OCT. 24

  • HOW TO BUILD AND INSTALL RAIN BARRELS: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, Rm. 252, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Reduce your water bill by learning how to make and install rain barrels. Sponsored by Groundwork New Orleans. Free. (504) 208-2771.

SUNDAY, OCT. 25

  • STAINED GLASS TOUR: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.., departs from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Hop aboard a bus and visit three churches, each having a distinct style of stained glass windows. $20 by advance registration. (504) 581-7032, www.prcno.org,

THURSDAY, OCT. 29

  • NOTARIAL ARCHIVES TOUR: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Notarial Archives Division, 1340 Poydras St., Suite 360. Take a guided tour of the city’s notarial archives. Free with advance registration. jstrawn@orleanscdc.com.
  • IKEBANA CLASS: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2011 Magazine St. Learn the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. $22 by reservation. (504) 235-1558.

SATURDAY, OCT. 31

  • 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, www.artsneworleans.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4

  • LONGUE VUE BOOK LAUNCH: 4 to 7 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Celebrate the launch of a new book about Longue Vue, illustrated with photographs by Tina Freeman written by Carol McMichael Reese, and published by Rizzoli. The event also serves as the opening reception for “Legacy of Elegance,” an exhibit of Freeman’s photos. Free. (504) 293-4712, lcosta@longuevue.com.

THURSDAY, NOV. 5

  • ORIGAMI CLASS: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2011 Magazine St. Learn to make flowers from papers using this technique from Japan. $16 by reservation. (504) 235-1558.

SATURDAY, NOV. 7

  • FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret at Napoleon. This outdoor market features art, crafts, vintage goods, pet adoptions, food and music. Free. www.freretmarket.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11

  • ESSENCE OF STYLE DESIGN SYMPOSIUM: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St. Longue Vue House and Gardens hosts a luncheon and lecture by Suzanne Rheinstein, author of “Rooms for Living: A Style for Today with Things from the Past.” $125. (504) 293-4723, www.longuevue.com.
  • HARRISON AVENUE MARKETPLACE: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 801 Harrison Ave. The market offers food, music, art, crafts and kid-friendly activities for families. Free. (504) 535-4486, www.harrisonavenuemarketplace.org.

SATURDAY, NOV. 14

  • 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.
  • PORTABLE PLANTERS: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, Rm. 252, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Learn about vertical and flow-through planters, as well as additional space saving solutions. Sponsored by Groundwork New Orleans. Free. (504) 208-2771.

SATURDAY, NOV. 21

  • THE TREES AND ME: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, Rm. 252, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Learn about the benefits of growing trees in the urban landscape, various species to plant, and how to plant for best results. Sponsored by Groundwork New Orleans. Free. (504) 208-2771.

SATURDAY, NOV. 28

  • 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, www.artsneworleans.org.

SATURDAY, DEC. 5

  • NATIVE PLANTS, NATIVE CULTURE: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, Room 252, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Learn about local wild foods, medicines, and more, and make tea from local herbs. Sponsored by Groundwork New Orleans. Free. (504) 208-2771.
  • BROTHER MARTIN HOME TOUR: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., headquarters at Green Acres Country Club, 5000 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The Ladies of the Shield present four well-appointed homes in the Metairie-Bridgedale area, decked out in their holiday finery, complemented by a boutique at the Green Acres Country Club. $20 advance, $25 day of tour. (504) 284-6700, jgandolfi@brothermartin.com.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9

  • HARRISON AVENUE MARKETPLACE: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 801 Harrison Ave. The market offers food, music, art, crafts and kid-friendly activities for families. Free. (504) 535-4486, www.harrisonavenuemarketplace.org.

SATURDAY, DEC. 12 AND SUNDAY, DEC. 13

  • PRC’S HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., headquarters at Bishop Polk Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. The Preservation Resource Center sponsors this self-guided tour of Garden District homes, dressed in their holiday finery. $40. (504) 581-7032, www.prcno.org.