New Orleans home and garden calendar, April 9-May 28, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by RSFM -- Basil plants, like these shown, will be for sale as the New Orleans unit of the American Herb Society holds its annual offering of herbs and other native plants at 2202 Gen. Pershing St. in New Orleans on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Free. (504) 615-5357

SATURDAY

  • 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.
  • GOING NATIVE: 9 a.m. to noon plant sale, 10 a.m. talk, Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St. Bob Thomas, Louisiana naturalist and chair in Environmental Communications at Loyola University, will discuss native plants and why are preferred. Free. (504) 620-2224, www.parkwaypartnersnola.org.

SUNDAY

  • 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 show of irises plus irises for sale. Free. eehollan@bellsouth.net.

MONDAY

  • MAKE YOUR OWN FERTILIZERS: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Margee Green discusses how to make your own organize fertilizers and pesticides at this event, sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans. Free. (504) 838-1190.

WEDNESDAY

  • 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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

  • COVINGTON FESTIVAL OF HERBS: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Covington Library, 310 W. 21st Ave., Covington. The St. Tammany Master Gardeners and the Covington Library present an herb festival featuring tastings, info on composting, speakers, sales of herbs, children’s activities and a book sale. Free. www.lsuagcenter.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

  • VEGETABLE GARDEN WORKSHOP: 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Led by Longue Vue’s horticulture experts, the workshop will teach participants how to grow spring vegetables in a container garden. $35. www.longuevue.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17

  • GENTILLY PARADE OF HOMES: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1324 Riviera Ave. headquarters. Visit new homes developed by seven nonprofit and for-profit entities in Gentilly and discover all the area has to offer. A housing fair at headquarters features lenders, realtors, credit counselors and more. Free. (504) 529-3522, erica@homebyhand.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.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20

  • HISTORIC METAIRIE CEMETERY LECTURE: 6:30 pm, Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Save Our Cemeteries presents a talk by Jerry Schoen on Metairie Cemetery, named by Forbes as one of the nation’s 10 best cemeteries. Free. (504) 525-3377, www.saveourcemeteries.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 21

  • RENOVATORS HAPPY HOUR: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 822 Cadiz St. Visit a classic New Orleans home under renovation, featuring the expansion of the home’s camel back and other updates. $10. (504) 581-7032, www.prcno.org.

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.

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. Artwork at each site will be for sale. This is the seventh annual Mother’s Day tour hosted by the Old Mandeville Historic Association. $20. www.oldmandevillehistoricassociation.org.

THURSDAY, MAY 12, TO SATURDAY, 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 that will feature 25 presentations by leading experts in horticulture and design, plus a host of optional tours. $225. www.mgno.com/lmg16.

SUNDAY, MAY 14

  • 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 six private homes and courtyards in the Vieux Carré. $50. (504) 523-3939, www.friendsofthecabildo.org.

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.