Registration opens in May!
The 28th Annual Southern Garden Symposium & Workshops
October 14 & 15, 2016
St. Francisville, LA
Offering prestigious speakers
amid gracious surroundings
With featured speakers like the dynamic floral designer Ron Morgan, noted author Andrea Wulf, and Texas plantswoman Heidi Sheesley, 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 28th year - has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts from across the south.
Our 2016 program promises to be the most informative and entertaining ever. Friday’s highlights include workshops on floral design, butterfly gardening, exciting new plant material, and more. Lectures will continue on Saturday with programs by Genevieve Trimble, Andrea Wulf, Susan Haltom, and Claudia West. To top off each day, two of St. Francisville’s loveliest homes will open their doors for the Speakers’ 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’s 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 a significant recent donation to repair the fountains at Rosedown State Historic Sites, as well as donations to support the gardens at Audubon State HIstoric Site and a major highway beautication project near St. Francisville. Past projects also include cholarships in the School of Landscape Architecture at L.S.U., and a major a revitalization project for historic Ferdinand Street in St. Francisville. We do hope you will join us for our 28th year and help support these worthy causes.
Dr. Neil Odenwald
Master of Proceedings