UL Lafayette’s Ira Nelson Horticulture Center
Quietly Fosters Research, Community
The quiet solace of Ira Nelson Horticulture Center's greenhouses and grounds has long provided a distinct contrast with the raucous athletic goings-on of its Blackham Coliseum neighbors.
But don't let the quiet fool you. As an active center of education, research, demonstration and community service, the center and its greenhouses on Johnston Street are also notably home to one of the most extensive active plant collections in the southern United States. Lush tropical foliage and flowering plants from around the world populate the over 17,000 square feet of greenhouses. Meanwhile, the center's outdoor grounds serve as a living laboratory where many species of native and introduced trees and shrubs may be observed and studied, along with numerous display, demonstration and flower beds. Operated under UL Lafayette School of Geosciences, the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center is an instructional laboratory utilized by the university's students and faculty. The center encourages and fosters a hands-on approach to teaching, centered around laboratory exercises, student projects and research. It has served a prominent role at UL Lafayette since 1960
Classrooms, laboratories, offices, workshop, herbarium, greenhouse and shadehouses are housed and utilized at the center.
All proceeds from Festival des Fleurs de Louisiane are dedicated to the Ira Nelson Center. Among improvements funded by the festival in past years are greenhouse benches, new greenhouse exhaust fans and glass repair. Future funding priorities feature continued greenhouse renovations, which are sorely needed due to their age of 60 years.
"Festival-sourced funding is absolutely essential to Ira Nelson's continued viability as a university and community resource," said Billy Welsh. "As our only source of outside funding, the festival enables us to continue to maintain the center in a manner which brings value to the university and community."
Festival des Fleurs de Louisiane will hold its 25th Annual Garden Show and Sale at Blackham Coliseum on April 2 - 3, 2016. All proceeds from the event will go toward funding for the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center .
Come join us for the 25nd Silver Anniversary of Festival des Fleurs Garden Show and Sale to be held Saturday, April 2 -3, 2016 inside Blackham Coliseum located at 2330 Johnston Street in Lafayette. Gardeners will delight in the wide selection of plants available for sale, as well as, garden books, pottery, tools, art, gifts, ornamental garden pieces and much more. Educational displays by the Bonsai, Orchid, and Daylily Societies will be featured along with the Lafayette Garden Club, which will present their judged flower show themed “Gardens Galore”. Several door prizes will be awarded every hour and be sure to take a chance on the drawing for a great prize. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate in the children’s activities. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center which is an instructional laboratory facility of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The center’s goal is to educate students and the community about all aspects of horticulture. This event will take place from 9:00am to 4:00pm inside Blackham Coliseum on the UL Lafayette campus at 2330 Johnston Street.. Admission is $5.00 (under 12 free) or $4.00 with a festival coupon.
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Festival des Fleurs Returns April 12-13, 2014
For Acadiana gardeners, mid-April traditionally marks the return of the ever-popular Festival des Fleurs, Lafayette's premier Garden Show and Sale. Part celebration of spring's arrival, part fundraiser for UL Lafayette's Ira Nelson Horticulture Center and Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Association--and part educational outreach and resource for the enhancement of horticulture in Acadiana--the event returns to Blackham Coliseum April 12-13, 2014.
Now in its 23rd year, an expanded partnership with Lafayette Master Gardeners has Ira Nelson Center organizers eagerly anticipating this year's 23rd annual event. "This new alliance has re-invigorated festival efforts," said Billy Welsh of the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center. "Our combined efforts promise an even bigger and better festival." Festival goers will discover a wealth of resources and activities. Local gardening societies host displays and information kiosks where gardening techniques may be shared with visitors, while an expected 100+ vendors provide garden-ready plants and other strictly gardening-related items, as well as children's activities to inspire a new generation of Lafayette gardeners.
Special garden items will be on display for a drawing. In addition to the drawing, door prizes will be given away every hour each day.
Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners conduct their springtime plant sale at the festival, providing gardeners a wide variety of ornamental plants particularly adapted to our area's unique soil and climate--all at a single source. Participating organizations include the Lafayette Garden Club, Bonsai Society of Acadiana and the Orchid Society. Lafayette Garden Club's "Kaleidoscope" display will feature nature's colors as used in staging, and competitive floral designs by club members. Also, the group's horticulture display competition will be open to all gardeners as well as club members. The Bonsai society of Acadiana will display examples of miniaturized trees, designed and maintained by local club members, who will be on site to answer questions. Educational activities include a children's planting activity, and "Ask an Expert," where gardeners' most perplexing questions may be answered. Over 100 expected gardening-related vendors provide the show's main attraction.
"Our Garden Show and Sale is truly unique because of its focus," said festival founder,Mary Courville. "Other area shows provide both home and garden products and displays, and gardening is often an after-thought. Gardening is our only focus here."
Native plants, flowering shrubs, annuals, perennials, daylilies, roses, hibiscus, pass along plants, orchids, herbs, and many more varieties are available to gardeners by vendors. Related gardening items including pottery, garden ironwork, wooden garden features, hanging baskets, tools, supplies, books, bird feeders and much more are also featured.
Show hours are 8 am until 5 pm on Saturday, and 11 am until 5 pm Sunday, April 12 and 13, 2014. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults, with free admission for children under 12.
Festival des Fleurs Invites Gardening-Related Vendors
Vendors of gardening-related products and services are invited to participate in the 23rd Annual Festival des Fleurs de Louisiane, the ever-popular Garden Show and Sale slated for Lafayette's Blackham Coliseum April 12 and 13, 2014.
Expanded indoor and outdoor vendor exhibit areas and a new alliance with the Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Association have Ira Nelson Horticulture Center festival organizers looking forward to the largest Garden Show and Sale in event history.
"Festival des Fleurs is unique because its focus is purely on gardening and gardening-related vendors," said Colette Anzalone, event chairman. "Our visitors appreciate this focus and come ready to buy."
Indoor Blackham Coliseum 10' x 10' spaces are available for $125 apiece, with outside 12' x 12' booth space available for $75. All are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Application deadline is March 21.
Display hours are 8 am until 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am until 5 pm on Sunday, April 12 and 13.
Festival des Fleurs is an annual community project whose proceeds are dedicated to support UL Lafayette's Ira Nelson Horticulture Center and the Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Association
For further information, contact Colette Anzalone at 337 288-0283 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.