Festival des Fleurs
de Louisiane 2016
April 2-3, 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 3
Children under 12 free
For Acadiana gardeners, April traditionally marks the return of the ever-popular Festival des Fleurs, Lafayette's premier Garden Show and Sale.
Part celebration of spring's arrival, part fundraiser for UL Lafayette's Ira Nelson Horticulture Center and part educational outreach and resource for the enhancement of horticulture in Acadiana--the event returns to Blackham Coliseum April 2-3, 2016. Now in its 25th year, "Our efforts promise an even bigger and better festival."
Festival goers will discover a wealth of resources and activities. Local gardening societies host displays and information kiosks where gardening techniques may be shared with visitors, while an expected 100+ vendors provide garden-ready plants and other strictly gardening-related items, as well as activities for the young and young at heart to inspire generations of Lafayette gardeners.
Special garden items will be on display for a drawing. In addition to the drawing, door prizes will be given away every hour each day. Participating organizations include the Lafayette Garden Club, Bonsai Society of Acadiana and the Orchid Society. Lafayette Garden Club's "Kaleidoscope" display will feature nature's colors as used in staging and competitive floral designs by club members. Also, the group's horticulture display competition will be open to all gardeners as well as club members. The Bonsai society of Acadiana will display examples of miniaturized trees, designed and maintained by local club members, who will be on site to answer questions. Educational activities include a children's and "young at heart" planting activity, and "Ask an Expert," where gardeners' most perplexing questions may be answered. Over 100 expected gardening-related vendors provide the show's main attraction.
"Our Garden Show and Sale is truly unique because of its focus," said Festival founder, Mary Courville. "Other area shows provide both home and garden products and displays, and gardening is often an after-thought. Gardening is our only focus here."
Native plants, flowering shrubs, annuals, perennials, daylilies, roses, hibiscus, pass along plants, orchids, herbs, and many more varieties are available to gardeners by vendors. Related gardening items including pottery, garden ironwork, wooden garden features, hanging baskets, tools, supplies, books, bird feeders and much more are also featured.
Show hours are 8 am until 4 pm on Saturday, and 11 am until 3 pm Sunday, April 2 and 3, 2016. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults, with free admission for children under 12.
For more information about the show or being a vendor, call
Billy Welsh at 337-482-5339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.