Concrete lawns cause flooding, but the Front Yard Initiative is here to help _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Some of the ground cover in Lois Henry's yard in a mutual garden she shares with Rachael DePauw in New Orleans, La., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. After bad street flooding due to too much cement, these neighbors have replaced their concrete yards with plantings.

SATURDAY, JULY 11

  • AQUATIC AND BOG PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune, Mississippi. Learn about prairie landscapes from Marc Pastorek and about Louisiana irises from Eileen Hollander while shopping for aquatic plants. Free. (601) 799-2311, www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu.
  • SOIL RENEWAL TALK & PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to noon, plant sale, 10 a.m. talk, Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St. Learn from Joe Evans of Evans + Lighter Landscape Architects about strategies for renewing your soil before the fall growing season, with a focus on methods for inoculating soil to improve its quality. Free. www.parkwaypartnersnola.org.
  • LEVEE GARDEN & EXHIBITION RIBBON CUTTING: 10 a.m., 5000 Warrington Drive. Join members of the New Orleans community and Levees.org in celebrating the completion of the garden and outdoor exhibit at the site of the east breach of the London Avenue Canal levee. Free. sandy@levees.org.
  • PELICAN GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to noon, City Park’s Pelican Greenhouse, off of Henry Thomas (Golf) Drive and south of I-10 overpass. The sale includes gingers, salvias, roses, herbs and more. Free. (504) 483-5464, plants@nocp.org for a full list.
  • 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, arts, crafts and live music. Free. (504) 269-3982.

SATURDAY, JULY 18

  • LONGUE VUE ICE CREAM SOCIAL: 10 a.m. to noon, Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Bring a blanket the Longue Vue lawn while sampling ice cream, playing games, bouncing in a bounce house and meeting adoptable furry friends from Animal Rescue New Orleans. $8. (504) 293-4726. www.longuevue.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 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, www.artsneworleans.org.

THURSDAY, JULY 30 TO SUNDAY, AUG. 2

  • NEW ORLEANS ANTIQUES FORUM: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday; 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. The Historic New Orleans Collection’s program, “It’s Only Natural” explored the expression of nature in various media, including painting, silver, jewelry and more. $200/weekend, $125/Saturday and Sunday only, $100/Friday only. (504) 523-4662, www.hnoc.org.

THURSDAY, JULY 30

  • IKEBANA CLASS: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2011 Magazine St. (upper floor). Alison Scott teaches the art of Japanese flower arranging. $22, by advance registration. (504) 235-1558.

SATURDAY, AUG. 1

  • IRIS SOCIETY MEETING: 10 a.m. to noon. Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Learn about irises from the members of the Greater New Orleans Iris Society. All attendees go home with a free iris. Free. eehollan@bellsouth.net

SATURDAY, AUG. 8

  • PELICAN GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to noon, City Park’s Pelican Greenhouse, off of Henry Thomas (Golf) Drive and south of I-10 overpass. The sale includes gingers, salvias, roses, herbs and more. Free. (504) 483-5464, plants@nocp.org for a full list.

CUT FLOWERS IN YOUR GARDEN: 10 A.M. TALK, 9 A.M. TO NOON PLANT SALE, PARKWAY PARTNERS, 1137 BARONNE ST. LEARN ABOUT HOW TO DESIGN YOUR GARDEN TO PRODUCE A STEADY SUPPLY OF CUT FLOWERS. FREE. WWW.PARKWAYPARTNERSNOLA.ORG.

ONGOING THROUGH JULY 31

  • MASTER GARDENER APPLICATIONS: Through July 31. The LSU AgCenter of St. Tammany is accepting applications for its Master Gardener training program which consists of 50 hours of instruction on plant diseases, insects, trees, vegetable gardening, lawn care and more. In return for their extensive training, Louisiana Master Gardeners provide 40 volunteer service hours to help disseminate horticultural information to the public. To apply, contact the St. Tammany Extension Office at (985) 875-2635 or pick up an application at 1301 N. Florida St., Covington.