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Event: 'SPRING GARDEN SHOW GOES "GREENER"'

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Date: Saturday, April 04, 2009 At 08:00 AM
Duration: 1 Day
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Jeanne Nathan 504.218.4807 917.232.4522 jnyo@aol.com
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SPRING GARDEN SHOW GOES "GREENER"
Green Fair to present green products, techniques, and art


As part of its annual Spring Garden Show on April 4 and 5, the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park, LSU Agricultural Center and the Metropolitan Horticultural Society are devoting the Pavilion of Two Sisters to the people responsible for the "greening of New Orleans." Over a dozen local non-profit green organizations, scores of recycled art craftspeople, and over 25 "green vendors" will participate in the event, making it the largest GREEN FAIR in Louisiana's history.

Inside the pavilion, vendors of sustainable building materials - all part of Global Green USA's "Build It Back Green Initiative" - will be displaying their products and demonstrating the value of "going green." On the lawn before the Pavilion of Two Sisters, bands will play while the leading local brewer serves "Green Beer." Louisiana artists using recycled materials will hawk their wares in a large tent on the lawn. Seminars, lectures and celebrity appearances by the likes of Bryan Batt, star of cable TV hit series Mad Men, and John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, round out the agenda.

Global Green will also be distributing a first time ever Green Guide of regional vendors who distribute green products at the Green Fair.

"It is really important for the people of a city that has suffered from the worst ecological disaster in American history to learn about green strategies for rebuilding and landscaping," said Paul Soniat, Executive Director of the NOBG and mastermind of the Green Fair. "We hope that this is just the beginning of making City Park the heart of the green movement on the Gulf Coast."

As in years past, the garden show will also include dozens of plant, gardening, landscaping, horticultural and garden club booths.

"The Spring Garden Show has brought a wonderful mix of information, product and beautiful displays of flowers and plants to the region for many years. This year we are proud to be able to add this expanded show bringing much needed information on how to rebuild indoors and outdoors with green techniques," said Brent Jeansonne of the LSU Ag Center, one of the Garden Show's major sponsors.

"The Botanical Garden will be a great setting for our vendor fair and forums to help New Orleans residents learn about simple, low cost green techniques that they can use to rebuild safe, healthy, and energy efficient homes," said Beth Galante, Director of the New Orleans office of Global Green."We will also be providing information for Road Home recipients on technical help available to them for rebuilding green."