10th Annual Southern Garden Festival

Please visit the Souther Garden Festival’s special web portal for a more vivid experience.


April 15-16, 2016

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. See details below. All proceeds benefit the families served by Family Promise of Acadiana.


Friday, April 15, 6-8 p.m.

Dining & Dancing Under the Stars

$75 person or $100/couple, includes entry to Saturday activities. Click here for reservations or call 233-3447. In case of inclement weather, the reschedule dates for Southern Garden Festival are May 13-14, 2016.

  • Menu: Jambalaya, Green Salad, Fried Catfish, Shrimp & Artichoke Soup, Bread Pudding and Fresh Fruit.
  • Live music: Nouveau String Band
  • Silent auction with great items up for bid. Cash, credit cards and debit cards accepted.
  • Art demonstrations with Ann Sutton and Andrea Rubinstein (water colors) and Anita Hughes Pottery.

Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m – 5 p.m.

Southern Garden Festival

$10 at the garden gate.


Please check back regularly as we will be updating the event details as they become available.


Live music throughout the day

  • 10:00 a.m. Philip Gould & Rio Luminoso
  • 11:00 a.m. Tommy Michot & Friends
  • 12:00 p.m. Becca Begnaud & Les Restants
  •   1:00 p.m. Drew Landry
  •   2:00 p.m. Esther Tyree
  •   3:00 p.m. Gospel – Vergi Iglos
  •   3:30 p.m. Fire Expression Dance, Directed by Leigha Porter
  •   4:30 p.m. Gospel – Ecumenical Choir, Directed by Mathilda Martin

Master Gardener Sessions

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ask a Master Gardener
  • 10 a.m. Stacy Lee & Meadow Landry (on behalf of Lafayette Master Naturalists) – Butterflies & Pollinators
  • 11 a.m. Theresa Guidry – Container Gardening
  •  1 p.m. Maryann Armbruster – Medicinal Plants and their Use
  •  2 p.m. Cindy Wiley – Nurturing Old Garden Roses (cuttings available)

Artists, Exhibitors & Activities

  • D’s Image Photography by Denice Broussard – Photography
  • Doll Fashions by Judy Dykes – Doll clothing, accessories
  • Emma’s Closet by Joy Thibodeaux – Peasant dresses, bows, headbands, and more
  • Healing Arts Collective by Becca Begnaud – CD about cajun healing tradition
  • Imaginary Mosaics by Renee Foti – Mosaics made from vintage/antique china and glass
  • Lyn Fontenot – Painting
  • Madi Claire’s by Stephanie Gaspard – Jewelry, monogrammed items
  • Mark Gustafason – Chainsaw artist
  • Nannie Pearl by Julia Bowie – Jewelry, cupcakes
  • Paparazzi Accessories by Marielle Brandon-Howard – Jewelry, accessories
  • Rivero & Associates by Ashley Rivero – Hand-painted oysters, crosses on cypress, jewelry
  • Stacy’s Handstamped Jewelry by Stacy Culotta – Handstamped jewelry
  • Tissies Woodworking by Mary Dean – Wood working
  • Joe Paris, storyteller
  • Project Front Yard
  • Scenic Lafayette’s Azalea Trail
  • Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association exhibit
  • Monarch Butterfly exhibit
  • Garden Fairies
  • Pigeon release by Lafayette Racing Pigeons, 12:00 p.m.
  • Maypole dance
  • Kids Scavenger Hunt
  • Hat-weaving kids activity


Presenting Sponsor

First United Methodist Church


Oak Sponsors

Hub City Diner

Prejean Creative

Auto Rental Etc.

Woodforest Bank


Cypress Sponsors

All Seasons Nursery

Business First Bank

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick, CPAs

The Garden Center

Mello Joy Coffee

Thibodaux Hebert Deshotels LeBlanc, CPAs


Exhibitor applications: online registration form.

View our photo gallery for scenes from the garden during previous festivals.

Get directions here.


Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the garden!