The 26th Annual Southern Garden Symposium & Workshops
October 10 & 11, 2014
St. Francisville, LA
Offering prestigious speakers
amid gracious surroundings
Please note: The information on this website currently describes the 2013 event. The 2014 symposium will be held on October 10 & 11. The website will be updated in April.
With featured speakers like Britian's award winning garden designer John Brookes and sought-after floral designer John Grady Burns, 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 25th year - has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts from across the south.
Our 25th anniversary program promises to be the most informative and entertaining ever. Friday’s highlights include workshops on floral design, wildflower gardening, plant propagation, gardening with ferns, and more. Lectures will continue on Saturday with programs by noted speakers including Mr. John Brookes, Scott Ogden & Lauren Springer-Ogden, and Dr. Tomasz Anisko. To top off each day, two of St. Francisville’s loveliest private homes, Spring Grove Plantation and Nydrie Plantation, 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 scholarships in the School of Landscape Architecture at L.S.U., a revitalization project for historic Ferdinand Street in St. Francisville, sponsorship of the kitchen garden at Audubon State Historic Site (Oakley House), funding for plantings and benches at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, and others. We do hope you will join us for our 25th year and help support these worthy causes.
Dr. Neil Odenwald
Master of Proceedings