5 gardening events not to miss: Bonsai Day, fall planting seminar, Orchids 101

The official start of fall isn’t until Sept. 22, but the gardening calendar is already filling up with autumn-focused events. Here’s what’s coming up:

Fall Gardening Seminar:

Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Church of the King, 22205 Little Creek Road, Mandeville


Hosted by the St. Tammany Master Gardener Association and the LSU AgCenter, this day-long program includes talks by LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill; Margot Shaw, editor in chief of Flower Magazine; Troy Rhone, landscape designer; and Amy Graham, director of horticulture for Longue Vue House and Gardens, who will discuss “Propagation: From Green Stems to Gorgeous Flowers.” Gill’s talk will focus on the ideal times to plant fruit and vegetables in fall gardens. Plus, lunch will be catered by La Provence restaurant and there will be a garden boutique with sales of plants, pottery, baskets, bird houses and garden follies. The $30 admission fee includes lunch. For details, call 985.875.2635 or email LSU AgCenter agent William Afton at wafton@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Beekeeping workshop:

Parkway Partners Second Saturday: Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-noon, Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St.

dscn0075Russell Harris of Rotolo Landscape Design will discuss ways to set up and care for a backyard beehive. Pollinator-friendly plants to attract bees will be available for sale in the Parkway Partners greenhouse.

Louisiana Bonsai Day:

Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Marine Corps League Hall, 2708 Delaware St., Kenner

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Bonsai master Ryan Neil will conduct workshops and demonstrations, and vendors will sell custom pots, slabs, bonsai soil, stones, pre-bonsai and bonsai plants. The $15 admission includes lunch. Hosted by the Greater New Orleans Bonsai Society.

Orchids 101:

Sept. 24, 10-11 a.m., New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park


Larry Hennessey, past president of the New Orleans Orchid Society, will lead this class, covering basic orchid varieties and care. $12, pre-registration required. 504.483.9473, scapley@nocp.org.

Folsom Fall Garden Festival:


Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Midway Church Park, next to 82424 Highway 25, Folsom

The event features sales of locally grown plants, garden equipment and accessories, tree planting demonstrations and children’s activities. Professional plant growers will be on hand to offer advice. The festival is sponsored by the Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association. Free.