About Us

No other gardening program brings nationally renowned speakers to historic plantation settings quite like the Southern Garden Symposium does.

The Southern Garden Symposium seeks to preserve and commemorate gardening in the Deep South through lectures, workshops, and tours of historic Afton Villa gardens and Rosedown gardens.

While the symposium’s workshops and lectures provide ideas and inspiration for the gardener, social activities showcase classic southern elegance at its finest. From home-baked breakfast breads served each morning, to sumptuous evening gala fare and an elegantly relaxed Saturday afternoon tea, not a detail is overlooked.

Located about 45 minutes north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, St. Francisville was established in 1809.  Occupying high ground on the east bank of the Mississippi River and often described as a town “two miles long and two yards wide,” the beloved destination keeps visitors coming back with carefully preserved historic architecture, breathtaking scenery, eclectic shopping, and a warm, close-knit community spirit.  Symposium events open the doors to various historic and picturesque locations including Beechwood Plantation, Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown State Historic Site, and Grace Episcopal Church.