Spring Garden Show 2022

The New Orleans Spring Garden Show is back at the Botanical Garden! The Garden will be alive with gardening enthusiasts from all over the Southeast. If you are looking for fun, food, education, and all things horticulture, make a day of it! 

Don’t forget!
Friends of City Park members receive free admission.
Spring Garden Show
Saturday, April 2 + Sunday, April 3
New Orleans Botanical Garden

Over 50 exhibits 
Live music 
Kids area featuring horticultural activities 
Educational lectures 
 $10 for adults, $5.50 for ages 5-12
Free for under 4 + Friends of City Park members

To RENEW your Friends of City Park Membership or JOIN for your free admission, click here.

To purchase general admission tickets, click here.

Don’t Be Late. Cut Your Time at the Gate! Here’s How to Redeem Your Membership Perk:
After a two year hiatus, this year’s Spring Garden Show will be more popular than ever! Here’s how to redeem your membership perk:

  • Make sure your membership is current. Your membership expiration date can be found on the top right of your membership card.
  • RENEW or JOIN if you are not a current member.
  • Members must present their member card or purchase confirmation email at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters membership tent.
  • Your membership level determines the number of people that can be admitted per membership account. If you are unsure, click HERE to learn more about your membership level.
  • Enjoy your Free Admission to the Spring Garden Show!

LSU AgCenter specialists, Master Gardeners and Botanical Garden personnel will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. This event is in partnership with the LSU AgCenter. 

Lark in the Park Virtual Auction 2022

The Lark in the Park Virtual Auction is LIVE March 4 through March 19 at 12:00 PM. Sign up now and browse over 50 items! Text “FOCP” TO 243 725.

Click Here to Browse the Auction Catalog

Thank You to our Auction Donors

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Acorn Café

Anytime Fitness

Arnaud’s Restaurant

Aucoin Hart Jewelers

Austin Allen James

barre3 New Orleans

The Barre Code

Basics Underneath Swim & Gym

Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights

Blue Oak BBQ


Cajun Caviar

Trishelle Cannatella  & John Hensz

Community Sailing New Orleans

The Court of Two Sisters

Dulce Events & Design


Elegance by ACE donated on behalf of Deborah Elam

Elite Island Resorts

Ella Bartlow Jewelry

Emeril Lagasse Foundation

Etre Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center

Faubourg Brewing Co.

First Tee

The Flower Shop by Kim Starr Wise

Michael Francis

Goodwood NOLA

Grace Pilates and Yoga

GW Fins

Hancock Whitney

Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast & Boomtown Casino Biloxi

Larry Holmes

Home Malone

IP Casino Resort & Spa

Jolie and Elizabeth

Juan’s Flying Burrito

Kendra Scott

Longue Vue House & Gardens

Louisiana Heart Felts

Lush Magnolia, Modern Flower Preservation

Mateo & Company

Mimosa Handcrafted

Nail Bar Nola

New Orleans Aerial Tours

New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute

New Orleans School of Cooking

New Orleans Steamboat Company

NOLA Boards

NOLA Couture

Piety and Desire Chocolate

Plush Appeal – The Mardi Gras Spot

Pure Dermatology

Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers

The Red M Studio

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans / Jim Oliver – General Manager

Riverview Photography

Rock ‘n’ Bowl / Ye Olde College Inn

Mark Romig and David Briggs

Rosedale Restaurant

Roulaison Distilling Co.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans

The Sazerac House

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

Son of a Saint

SOSUSU Boutique

Vinglace, LLC

Wake Up and Read the Labels

Windsor Court Hotel

Winter Circle Productions

Pick-up Instructions for winning bids: Beginning on Wednesday, March 23, winners can retrieve their auction items from the New Orleans City Park Administration Building at 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124. Our hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Auction items will be available for pick through April 15, 2022. If you won a gift certificate and it exists as a digital file, we will email your gift certificate to you as early as Wednesday, March 23. Questions regarding your auction item can be directed at

Fall Photos in a Flash

Your Photos Have Arrived!

Morning session photos can be accessed HERE.

Afternoon session photos can be accessed HERE

To celebrate the Fall season in City Park, Friends of City Park has partnered with Riverview Photography to offer Photos in a Flash, a members-exclusive event that is sure to give you those warm, fuzzy, pumpkin-spice feelings that accompanies this time of year. Don’t miss this opportunity to take professional photos in the Park for FREE!

Just sign up, don your best Fall-festive attire (Halloween costumes welcome!) and join us as we Fall in love with the Park all over again.

Here’s how to get your free Photos in a Flash membership perk: Photos in a Flash will be held in the Historic Oak Grove on Saturday, October 23 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. You must pre-register for a 30-minute arrival window. The Friends of City Park check-in table will be behind Café du Monde (56 Dreyfous Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124), overlooking the lagoon. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time, as each Photos in a Flash session will last a maximum of 3 minutes.

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021

Session 1: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Session 2: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Historic Oak Grove, area behind Café du Monde at 56 Dreyfous Drive.

Please read all Rules and Regulations prior to registering.


  • Only current members can register and participate in this perk.
  • If you are not currently a member, you can become one by joining at
  • Pre-register for the event and choose your arrival time below.
  • Only one reservation per membership account will be accepted.
  • We are unable to accommodate groups of more than 8 people.
  • Your registration must be made under the name of either the primary or secondary cardholder on the Friends of City Park membership account.
  • Please add your Member # under the “Member #” field on your online registration (found under the expiration date on your card; Not Required).
  • If you are a new member and have not received your cards, write NEW in this field when registering.
  • Check-in with a Friends of City Park staff member 10 minutes prior to your session.
  • The check-in table will be located behind Cafe du Monde in City Park.
  • Upon arrival, present your current membership card or new/renewal membership confirmation along with your “Photos in a Flash” registration confirmation (both printed and digital versions will be accepted).
  • Your Photos in a Flash session will take place in the Historic Oak Grove and will last approximately 3 minutes.
  • Photos will be uploaded to a public gallery in a high-resolution, downloadable, digital format with Friends of City Park branding following the session on Monday, October 25.
  • You will have the option of purchasing additional prints and products without our branding from Monday, October 25 through Friday, December 31.
  • More details for accessing your photos will be provided on-site and on the Friends of City Park website.
  • Friends of City Park has made as many time slots available for our members as safety and comfort (for both our guests and our staff) will allow.
  • In the event of rain, this event will be canceled and rescheduled based on availability.
  • We will not accept change requests for appointment times, and strict arrival times will be kept.
  • If you do not arrive within your reserved window of time, you forfeit your right to this free offer. Walk-ups will not be honored.
  • Please contact to cancel your registration.
  • If you are planning your own professional photo session in the Park, outside of the “Photos in a Flash” membership event, please know that a $50 permit fee per session is required. Visit for more information on City Park’s permitting policies.

Celebrate this Spooky Season with Friends!

We can’t believe it’s already OCTOBER! It’s officially spooky season and your Friends of City Park are here to make the most of this festive time. Ghosts in the Oaks returns in 2021 as a Haunting at Home with loads of games, activities, crafts, and more to enjoy with the whole family.

Prepare to dive in and explore all of the “Do It Yourself” activities below. The activities and videos shared here are from our 2020 Ghosts in the Oaks: A Haunting at Home virtual event.

We suggest that you follow along, prepare the suggested crafts, baking, and/or décor supplies as needed, or simply use the guide for inspiration to make the most of this spooky season!

Step-by-Step Balloon Garland Tutorial


Experience New Orleans Blog (2019)

Halloween in New Orleans – a time when ghosts, witches, and vampires come out. So cover the mirrors, hang some garlic around your neck, turn down the lights, and hit play. Warning: Some are awfully scary and others are just plain awful. 

  1. Son of Dracula (1943) 
  2. Cat People (1982) 
  3. Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1994) 
  4. Interview with the Vampire (1994) 
  5. Dracula 2000 (2000) 
  6. Son of Dracula (1943) 
  7. Cat People (1982) 
  8. Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1994) 
  9. Interview with the Vampire (1994) 
  10. Dracula 2000 (2000) 

Spooky Halloween Song by actor and author Bryan Batt

Sugar Cookie Baking and Decorating Class

Mask and Pumpkin Decorating with NOLA Craft Culture

Halloween Cocktail Class Presented by Sazerac House

St. Charles Avenue Skeleton House Craft



New Orleans City Park is proud to announce the development of its first mobile app, funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, to help you increase your health and wellness in a safe outdoor environment!  We have partnered with OuterSpatial, an app that’s free to download and easy to use as a guide to finding all of your favorite City Park outdoor activities – trails, points of interest, outings, membership perks, and more.

Come join us at Couturie Forest & Arboretum for a pre-launch member-exclusive event, download and experience the app, take a hike, and reward yourself with a cold refreshment provided by Gordon Biersch Brewery.  Please bring your own cup to be extra eco-friendly.

April 7

4:00PM – 6:30PM 


Sign up in 30 minute windows for added Covid-19 safety

Couturie Forest & Arboretum 

1035 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

What OuterSpatial Is and How to Download

Explore the thirteen hundred acres of our outdoor oasis and discover 24 miles of walking trails through our urban forest. Nature comforts and nature inspires. Get outside yourself. Get to City Park.

Members will need to present an active membership card. 


No subscription or app login necessary.

Please bring a reusable cup.

New FOCP T-Shirt

Since 1979, Friends of City Park has been committed to maintaining and increasing the value and importance of City Park as a place of natural beauty, culture, recreation, and education for the public and has contributed to over 40 improvement projects.

Show your Friends of City Park Member pride with this new T-shirt from Screens for Good.

This shirt is printed on-demand using eco-friendly, water-based inks. It will require 3-4 additional processing days before shipping. Please allow at least 7 business days for this item to ship. Orders with multiple items will ship together. Next Level Triblend

Membership Perk: Free Floats In the Oaks Poster

We all know painfully well that Mardi Gras was not the same this year. But, we also know how resilient this city can be in difficult times. In response to demands to keep the spirit of Mardi Gras alive during the pandemic, City Park offered Floats in the Oaks, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to view iconic floats from various Mardi Gras krewes from the safety of their own cars.

To commemorate this unique event, City Park partnered with Louisiana native and artist, Kelly Boyett, to produce a one-of-a-kind poster that is sure to “Let the Good Times Roll” into your homes. Boyett, who specializes in live-painting performances, is skilled at capturing the energy of any event, and Floats in the Oaks was an event worth remembering.

As a gesture of gratitude for the support of our members, we are giving away 1 poster for each active membership account. If you are not an active member now but join or renew by March 23, 2021, you are also eligible for this perk. These posters are valued at $45, but for you, our members, they are free!

Posters will be available to members for pick-up at the City Park Administrative Office on:

Saturday, March 20 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Pick-up times will resume on Monday, March 22 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

and Tuesday, March 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

How to get your free Floats in the Oaks poster:
• Renew your membership HERE or Join HERE
• Only current members can participate in this perk
• Pick-up at 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans LA 70124
• ONLY on the dates and times listed above.
• There will be no exception to these pick-up times.
• No mailing option available.
• Members must have a valid membership card or new membership confirmation/renewal confirmation with them
• Members must have a corresponding photo ID
• Posters will be available until supplies last

Your support is vital to the success of the Park, and we would not be able to operate without your help. We thank you again for your support and look forward to celebrating this festive time of year with you!

With tremendous gratitude,

The Friends of City Park Team

Floats in the Oaks in New Orleans City Park Official Commemorative Print

19″ x 25″ Silk coated Full-Color Floats in the Oaks print rendition from artist Kelly Boyett.
Not signed or numbered. The watermark shown on the image will not be on the purchased print. 


Want to be the lucky winner of a brand new Subaru Forester Premium? All you have to do is purchase a raffle ticket for $75. Turn your LOVE for City Park into a LOVE for giving back. LOVE. It’s what makes a Subaru a Subaru.

One lucky winner will be randomly selected from a drawing held on June 23, 2021, in which the winner does not need to be present. Funds raised will benefit building City Park’s endowment for the future of New Orleans. Each purchase provides us with the means to carry out our mission of maintaining and increasing the value and importance of City Park as a place of natural beauty, culture, recreation and education for the public. Must be 21+ to enter.


Includes key features and adds:

  • City MPG: 26 
  • Hwy MPG: 33 
  • Engine: 2.5L H-4 cyl
  • Emergency communication system
  • Exterior parking camera rear
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power moonroof 
  • Wireless phone connectivity 
  • Split folding rear seat 
  • Steering wheel mounted audio 
  • Security system
  • Alloy wheel package 

Vehicle generously donated by:


Introducing New Friends and Fresh Leadership

The new year brings some new faces to Friends of City Park. We are pleased to introduce our new Board President, Shon Cowan Baker, PhD, CFRE, our four new members of the Board of Directors, Jeffrey Birdsong, Damon Carraby, Sudie Sutter Joint, and Ron Stone, and we welcome new Membership Manager, Raegan Buckley to our staff. These community leaders and activists cover a range of unique skills from communications and nonprofit law, to finance and nonprofit development. This powerful group of experts in their fields offers Friends of City Park a wealth of knowledge and resources that will make a great impact in shaping the future of City Park. Please join us in welcoming them to Friends of City Park!

Shon Cowan Baker, PhD, CFRE – President, Friends of City Park | Shon Cowan Baker, PhD, CFRE is Vice President for Philanthropy at Ochsner Health System. Shon leads the Ochsner Philanthropy Team in connecting donors to the health system’s world-class care and educational programs through strategic philanthropic outreach. With more than a decade of experience leading development strategy and comprehensive fundraising activities for healthcare organizations, she assists Ochsner’s efforts to lead the nation in quality patient care and life-changing discoveries. Shon recently received the Ochsner Health CEO’s Game Changer award recognizing the impact she has had on the Philanthropy Department and the health system. 
Shon earned a B.S. from Campbell University, M.A. from the University of Holy Cross, and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Her research interests include examining the impacts of transformational donations on the mission of healthcare systems, female philanthropic leadership, and feminist philanthropy. In addition to her professional endeavors, Shon volunteers her time and expertise. She is a former member of the Board of Dress for Success New Orleans, is former Vice President of the Board of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, and a former board member of the Junior League of New Orleans. Shon was named 2018 Healthcare “One To Watch” by the Baton Rouge Business Report, a 2017 Top New Orleans Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine, and was named a 2015 New Orleans City Business Healthcare Hero. Committed to the community, Shon has chaired many of New Orleans’ favorite fundraisers including the Young Leadership Council’s Streetcar Named Desire Gala, the Preservation Resource Center’s Julia Jump, Friends of City Park’s Martini Madness, Friends of City Park’s Lark in the Park, Dress for Success’ Suits and Salads Luncheon, Le Petit Theatre’s Curtain Call Ball and Firstline School’s Edible Evening.

“More than 40 years ago, an incredibly committed group of people dedicated themselves to helping protect the future of City Park and created Friends. That essence of trailblazing still permeates every trail and bayou in City Park.”


Jeffrey Birdsong – Board Member At-Large | A native New Orleanian, Jeff Birdsong lives in the Mid-City area neighboring City Park. He is an attorney at Liskow & Lewis, APLC in New Orleans practicing tax and nonprofit law. Jeff attended Louisiana State University for both his undergraduate studies and law school. After law school, Jeff attended New York University School of Law where he obtained a Tax LL.M. Outside of his legal practice, Jeff spends his time serving on numerous local and national nonprofit boards and enjoys frequenting the city’s best cocktail bars.

My favorite parts of the Park are the Wisner walking paths, the Couturie Forest, and the Discgolf course.  I have been playing Discgolf in the Park since it was located on the Southside of I-610 and I try to play at least a few rounds each week.


Damon Carraby – Board Member At-Large | Damon P. Carraby is a native New Orleanian and is a graduate of Dillard University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, with a focus on Public Policy. Professionally, he serves as the Director of Corporations and Foundations at City Year. Damon is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He currently serves on the board of the Young Leadership Council, HandsOn New Orleans, Lycée Francias School, and Global Shapers. He also volunteers with Son of a Saint and the Urban League.

“I am excited to serve on the board for Friends of City Park because I see how important it is to connect individuals and community partners to create meaningful opportunities for the betterment of City Park.”


Sudie Sutter Joint – Board Member At-Large | Sudie holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Louisiana State University and she is a Certified Public Accountant. She started her career at KPMG, LLP where she completed compliance attestation audits for one the firms largest advisory clients. She furthered her career at Capital One Bank and Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank where she assisted with regulatory testing and developed analytical skills related to compliance. Currently, she works for Lawrence J. Jacobi CPA managing tax returns, tax compliance, payroll, and bookkeeping. She is a member of the Louisiana State Board of CPAs and AICPA. She currently resides in Old Metairie with her husband, Richard, and two children, Hazel (6) and Sutter (4). She loves City Park and all of the activities it has to offer. Prior to joining the board, Sudie donated her time to Chair Friends of City Park’s Martini Madness.

“I love City Park and all of the activities it has to offer including Ghosts in the Oaks, Celebration in the Oaks, and beignets at Café du Monde.”


Ron Stone – Board Member At-Large | Ron Stone is an External Relations Advisor, Deep Water Gulf of Mexico for Shell in New Orleans. He began his career with Shell in 2011 holding a variety of global and regional communications roles. Prior to joining Shell, Ron was a television news reporter, then a writer-producer with a Houston-based corporate communications firm. Ron is a Texan, born and raised in Houston, but got to New Orleans as quickly as he could! He received his B.A. in History from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Ron is the proud father of two daughters.

“I love long walks among the beautiful oaks with my fiancée, Susan and our dog, Louis.”


Friends of City Park is thrilled to welcome our new board members and staff. Together they bring many assets, talent, and fresh perspective to this organization. Their knowledge, experience, and expertise will continue to add to the impact that Friends of City Park has made over the last 40 years. 

Friends of City Park is a regional, non-profit organization whose mission is to maintain and increase the value and importance of City Park as a place of natural beauty, culture, recreation and education for the public. 

For additional information about this or Friends of City Park, please contact or (504) 483-9376. 

Generous Chefs and Restaurants Make Lark Possible

Although Lark Picnic in the Park has a whole new take on the food this year including pre-packaged personal picnics and a seated dinner depending on sponsorship level, attendees will not be disappointed!   Due to the generosity of our restaurant supporters, the event will offer an opportunity to “safely picnic with your pod” under the lavish greenery of the Garden’s 13 acres. 

The Botanical Garden’s resident Chef, Chef Pat White helped to curate the seated dinner with specialty donors like Cajun Caviar. 

SESSION ONE from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Will feature personal picnic baskets curated by Copper Vine, Messina’s Catering, Mirepoix Catering, Bonfire Catering, Langenstein’s, Graze+Friends, re:Borne Bakery, and Karibu Kitchen.

Picnic Delights Includes:

  • Vichyssoise
  • Charcuterie Cups
  • Mini Crudite with Ranch
  • Watermelon, feta, and fresh mint salad with balsamic
  • Creole Tomato Sandwich on Ciabatta
  • Chicken Salad with Pita Chips
  • Charcuterie Cups
  • Zapp’s Potato Chips

SESSION TWO: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Will feature a Cocktail Hour Tour of the Garden presented by Sazerac House (small groups of 8) and a seated dinner with menu by Chef Pat White.

Hors d’oeuvres
Smoked deviled eggs topped with Cajun caviar
Fried green tomato & andouille pie
Beet & goat cheese crostini with grilled garden veggies
Shrimp remoulade & garden greens salad
Grilled fish over “elote” style creamed corn topped w/garden chimichurri & lump crabmeat
Strawberry cornbread topped with whipped creole cream cheese & Steen’s cane syrup featuring Louisiana Strawberries

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March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Lark in the Park, presented by Capital One, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in the expansive New Orleans Botanical Garden on Friday, March 18, 2022. Where guests will enjoy a