New Orleans area home and garden events, April 23-May 28, 2016 _lowres

Associated Press photo by Gwyneth Roberts -- Learn about cultivating healthy soil in a workshop with the LSU AgCenter's Sara Everhart at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., Wednesday, April 27, at 6 p.m. Free. RSVP to maria@groundworknola.org.

WEDNESDAY

  • CULTIVATING HEALTHY SOIL: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., New Orleans Healing center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Sara Everhart of the LSU AgCenter teaches this workshop on how to test soil and treat any problems. Free with rsvp. maria@groundworknola.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.
  • RAISING BACKYARD CHICKENS: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1750 Carondelet St. Join Farmer Ica to learn about how to care for chickens in the local climate. Free with reservation. maria@groundworknola.org.

WORM COMPOSTING WORKSHOP: 10 A.M. TO 11 A.M., REFRESH COMMUNITY FARM, 300 N. BROAD ST. LEARN TO MAKE COMPOST FOR YOUR GARDEN WITH FOOD SCRAPS, A CONTAINER, AND WORMS. FREE. (504) 722-3628, WWW.BROADCOMMUNITYCONNECTIONS.ORG.

SUNDAY, MAY 1

  • 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, MAY 2 TO 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.

TUESDAY, MAY 3

  • 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 it was annexed to New Orleans in 1870. Free. (504) 525-3377, saveourcemeteries.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 6

  • 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.” Free. (504) 293-4701, www.longuevue.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 7

  • PELICAN GREENHOUSE SALE: 9 a.m. to noon, City Park, just off Henry Thomas (Golf) Drive south of the I-610 underpass. Visit this monthly plant sale to support the park and find a diverse array of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, roses, tropicals and more. Free. (504) 483-9464, plants@nocp.org.
  • 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. 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 work at each site will be offered for sale. 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 am 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.

SUNDAY, MAY 15

  • 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.

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 be on hand to answer questions. Free. (504) 467-6415.

SATURDAY, 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.

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.