Bayou Gardens Open House

February 23, 2019
bgohfb From 1935-1956, Bayou Gardens was a must see horticultural attraction on the northshore of Lake Ponchartrain. Now the headquarters of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges, the gardens are maintained by volunteers and showcase an impressive variety of camellias and azaleas. Join us to celebrate the historic garden with FREE garden tours, camellia growing tips, workshops, arts and crafts, and more! Explore the historic gardens on your own or with a guided tour. Enjoy free refreshments provided by the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges.

Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


All tours begin at the Visitor Center entrance. 
History Tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 
Camellia Tours at 10 a.m.,12:30, 3 p.m.
Join garden experts, Rangers, and volunteer guides on a one-hour stroll of Bayou Lacombe Center’s grounds and gardens to explore the site’s history or identify some of the camellias on the property.

Talks and Workshops

Talks and Workshops meet inside the Conservation Room.

10:30 - 11:30 “NatureScaping for Wildlife Join Dr. Sue Wilder, retired USFWS ecologist to discover what native plants will provide both beauty for your garden, and backyard habitat for wildlife and pollinators. 

1 p.m. “How to Be Bee and Pollinator Friendly in Your Garden and Yard” Join beekeeper and Master Gardener Jim Bates for a talk on pollinators, their important role, and how we can help them. Question and answer session to follow talk.


Flower Arts and Crafts: Make a waxed camellia (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Create a crafty "upcycled" butterfly or pollinator (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.). At the Visitor Center.

View Camellia Displays and Ask an Expert: Bring your gardening or camellia questions to the St. Tammany Parish LSU/Ag Agent and camellia growing experts from the Northshore and the New Orleans Camellia Clubs. In the Conservation Room, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Butterfly Demonstration Garden: The flowers may be “sleeping” but the St. Tammany Master Gardeners will be at the garden to share information about how you can garden for pollinators. Gardeners present from 11:30 – 3.

Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center: Explore wildlife displays and discover the eight refuges that make up the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bayou Gardens Open House is brought to you by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, the LSU Ag Center office of St. Tammany Parish, the St. Tammany Master Gardeners, the Camellia Club of New Orleans and the Northshore Camellia Clubs.