More About SWLA Garden Conference & EXPO

The 2024 Garden Conference & Expo will be held Friday & Saturday, March 22 & 23, at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, LA. Admission is $3.00 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free. Proceeds from the entrance fee to benefit the SW LA Master Gardener Program.

The festival has much to offer those interested in vegetable gardening, flower gardening and display, and lawn care. Burton Coliseum is located at 7001 Gulf Hwy and Gauthier Road in Lake Charles, LA. Google Map for Burton Coliseum.

For vendors: here is the floorplan with booth spaces labeled.
Plants and Everything Garden Related
The festival showcases many and varied vendors ranging from the local non-profit horticultural clubs, Master Gardeners, 4-H members to for-profit businesses selling vegetable plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, herbs, soil enhancers, plant containers, lawn and garden ornaments, outdoor furniture and decorating items. We expect more than 60 different vendors selling everything garden or lawn related.
Gumbo Night Preview Party
On Thursday night, March 21, from 5 to 7 pm, the Southwest Master Gardeners will host a gumbo supper open to all who wish a sneak preview of the show and a chance to win auction items. Admission is $10, which covers entrance, gumbo and preview of show. You may purchase tickets early from any Master Gardener or at the AgCenter on Gulf Hwy. Tickets will also be available at the Burton Coliseum south door that night.
Garden Clubs' Flower Show
The Louisiana Garden Club Federation District 7 holds their annual small standard Flower Show in conjunction with the Garden Fest. Garden club members from Lake Charles GC, Diggers and Weeders GC, and Crowley GC compete in horticulture and floral designs. The exhibits are judged by National Garden Clubs' standards and held for display during the entire Garden Expo.

Plant Health Clinic
Local Master Gardeners will man a Plant Health booth at the festival. Bring in your sickly and/or bug infested leaves for help in diagnosing the problem and getting pointers for correcting the situation. Just be sure and encase the specimen in a sealed plastic baggie to ensure the problems won't be passed along to others.
Instructional Presentations - 2024 Schedule TBA
Knowledgeable horticulturists will be presenting talks about the latest and greatest plant selections, gardening practices, weed control, and pest management. The talks are held in the Chalkley Room and are presented free to any interested festival attendee.

Date & Time

March 23, 2024


Burton Coliseum
7001 Gulf Highway

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