With featured speakers like LSU Ag Center's Dan Gill, award-winning New Orleans landscape architect Rene Fransen, and noted authors Greg Grant and Bill Welch, no other gardening program brings together top quality speakers and historic plantation settings as well as the Southern Garden Symposium in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Known as much for its engaging social events and historic venues as for its outstanding gardening lectures and workshops, the Southern Garden Symposium - now in its 26th year - has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts from across the south.
Our 2014 program promises to be the most informative and entertaining ever. Friday‚Äôs highlights include workshops on container gardening, floral design, gardening & cooking with herbs, and more. Lectures will continue on Saturday with an exploration of gardening treasures and trends - past, present, and future - by noted speakers Greg Grant, Bill Welch, and Chris Wiesinger. To top off each day, two of St. Francisville‚Äôs loveliest private homes, Woodland and Beechood, will open their doors for the Speakers‚Äô Gala and Saturday Tea respectively. Additional information on all of these events may be found on this website.
As in previous years, we will offer for sale the finest garden books and tools as well as an array of southern plants to satisfy every desire. In addition, Saturday‚Äôs silent auction will be full of fantastic wares. Unique plants, garden art, hand-made benches, gourmet dinners, and overnight stays at historic bed and breakfasts are among some of the potential bargains available.
Over the years, proceeds from the Southern Garden Symposium have funded numerous projects including scholarships in the School of Landscape Architecture at L.S.U., a revitalization project for historic Ferdinand Street in St. Francisville, sponsorship of the kitchen garden at Audubon State Historic Site (Oakley House), funding for plantings and benches at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, and others. We do hope you will join us for our 26th year and help support these worthy causes.
Dr. Neil OdenwaldMaster of Proceedings