Photo by Tammany Baumgarten

The Living Louisiana Landscape

Cultivating relationships with people, plants and wildlife

Winter Gardening Symposium 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017
8 am to noon
New Orleans Museum of Art Auditorium
One Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124

Join award-winning authors and popular lecturers Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke with local landscape horticulturist and master gardener, Tammany Baumgarten, for three inspiring presentations illustrating how to integrate beauty and biodiversity in your home garden through native plants that nurture Louisiana wildlife. You’ll learn how to recognize and enrich the layers of your landscape to create an ecosystem that is diverse, visually appealIing and sustaining on many levels. Learn more about our outstanding speakers.




Photo by Rick Darke

  • Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home. Specialized relationships between animals and plants provide our birds with insects and berries, disperse our bloodroot seeds and pollinate our plants. Learn why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, and what we can do to make our landscapes living ecosystems once again.
  • Designing and Maintaining the Living Landscape. Discover how an understanding of living relationships can be put to practical use in the design and maintenance of beautiful gardens that are biologically diverse and joyfully livable. Rick Darke will share strategies for employing “organic architecture” in creating beautiful, conserving, highly functional layers that can be found in the Bayou country and other parts of the southeastern U.S.


Photo by Doug Tallamy

  • My Weeds, My Bugs, My Home. Tammany Baumgarten will share wisdom and discoveries from her years of gardening research and experimentation in and around New Orleans. You’ll learn about naturalistic garden design in the reality of small-scale urban lots, including specific methods and plants that have proved successful in drawing and sustaining insect life in our city setting. She will finally address some paths forward to a greater good in our neighborhoods, city and state.

Your morning of learning will include a continental breakfast and a raffle of a stunning collection of wildlife wreaths designed especially for this event by New Orleans Master Gardeners. Guests of the symposium will also receive complimentary admission to NOMA immediately following the program and are invited to enjoy the Besthoff Sculpture Garden adjoining the museum. Free parking is available around NOMA and the New Orleans Botanical Garden.


Registration fee is $35.00. You will also have the option to purchase a signed copy of The Living Landscape, the definitive guide to designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden, by Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke and specially discounted for this event.

Registration for our 2017 Winter Symposium is now closed. If you’d like to join our waitlist, please click on the Registration button below and follow the prompts. If a seat becomes available, you will be notified through Eventbrite. Thank you!

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Seating is open and limited. We encourage you to register and arrive early.

Have a question? Please call 504-908-2018 or email