Southern Garden Symposium • St. Francisville, Louisiana • October 18 & 19, 2019
Southern Garden Symposium
October 18 & 19, 2019
St. Francisville, Louisiana
Join us as we celebrate 31 years of the Southern Garden Symposium
No other gardening program brings nationally renowned speakers to historic plantation settings quite like the Southern Garden Symposium does. This year welcoming speakers including Christopher Woods, former head gardener of Chanticleer Gardens (Wayne, PA); Dr. James DelPrince, AIFD of Mississippi State University's Floral Education Program; and Staci Catron, Director of the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center, the 31st annual SGS will again present the elegant social events, outstanding gardening lectures and workshops, and stately historic venues that have made the event a fall tradition for garden enthusiasts from across the South. 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.
In keeping with our mission, proceeds from the Southern Garden Symposium have funded numerous projects including a major revitalization project for historic Ferdinand Street in St. Francisville. During the past five years the Symposium has donated over $25,000 to restoration and beautification efforts at Rosedown and Audubon State Historic Sites, landscaping of West Feliciana parish gateways, and endowed a professorship at LSU's Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. We hope you will join us and help support these worthy causes!
-- Ashley Fox-Smith
Program Chair, The Southern Garden Symposium