Southern Garden Festival
May 3-4, 2019

3502 E. Simcoe | Harold & Sarah Schoeffler Gardens (near Oakbourne Country Club)

Join us in the gardens for dinner & dancing on Friday night, followed by Saturday’s full slate of outdoor activities. All proceeds benefit the local homeless families served by Family Promise of Acadiana, as we observe our 15th year of helping families gain their independence. (Rain date: May 10-11)


Friday, May 3, 2019, 6–8 p.m., Dining & Dancing Under the Stars
$75/person, $100/couple; includes entry to Saturday activities. Reserve your seats now through our secure online system, or you may call 337-233-3447 for reservations and additional information.

  • Enjoy a delicious buffet meal, featuring locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Live music from Sabra and the Get Rights, and dancing.
  • Artist demonstration with Anita Hughes Pottery.
  • Silent auction with great items up for bid. Cash, credit cards and debit cards accepted.
  • Your ticket includes entry to Saturday’s events.

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Southern Garden Festival
$10/person at the Garden Gate. Children under 12 free. Enjoy a variety of activities for all ages in these beautiful riverside gardens. 


Artists, garden tours, live music in the gardens, bayou boat tours, gardening and nature presentations, educational exhibits, garden fairies, refreshments in the Garden Room, children’s scavenger hunt and more.


Saturday Schedule
Kids’ Scavenger Hunt 10 a.m.-noon
– Visit various stations to collect information for your Scavenger Hunt booklet and learn about reptiles, butterflies, native plants, pigeons, bees, recycling and more.
– Make nature crafts, including a recycled-materials sombrero, a terrarium, pine cone bird feeder, seed necklace and other fun stuff.
– May Pole dance with J.W. James Elementary School 4th and 5th graders at 10:30 a.m.
– Beaux & Fox, guitar music performance, at 11 a.m.
– Racing Pigeon release at 11:30 a.m.


Throughout the Day 
– Tea, coffee, sweets and savories in the Garden Tea Room
– Garden Fairies (keep an eye out to spot fairies in the garden)
– Ask a Master Gardener, in the gazebo (bring your questions)


Speakers & Presentations
9 a.m. – Photography in the Garden, photographer Nancy Crays (bring your camera!)
10 a.m. – Traiteur Traditions, speaker Becca Begnaud
11 a.m. – Acadiana Native Plants, speaker Phyllis Griffard
Noon – Cooking Out of the Garden, speaker Noor Merchant
1 p.m. – Medicinal Plants, speaker Mary Ann Armbruster
2 p.m. – Good Snake/Stay Back Snake, speaker Ty Healey


Music & Dance (various locations)
9 a.m – Royal Dolls Dance Team
10 a.m. – Flannery Denny and Joel Breaux 
Noon – Le Present, Becca Begnaud and friends
1 p.m. – Rio Luminoso
1 p.m. – Acadiana Ecumenical Ensemble
2 p.m. – Music with Les Freres Michot


Please check back regularly for the latest details on Saturday’s schedule. Final schedule and participants subject to change.


Many thanks to our 2019 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor


Oak Sponsors
Prejean Creative

First United Methodist Church of Lafayette  


Cypress Sponsors
Business First Bank

The Garden Center

Darnall, Sikes & Frederick CPAs

Thibodeaux, Hebert, Deshotels & Leblanc CPAs

All Seasons Nursery

Hub City Diner  

Chip & Joanne Little

Lafayette Limo & Trolley  


Registration Forms
Vendor Form: online application

Musician Form: online application

Informational/Educational Exhibitor Form: online application


Scenes from the Garden
View our photo gallery for scenes from the garden during previous festivals. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the garden!