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US Fish & Wildlife Service's Bayou Gardens Open House February 24th in Lacombe, La.

February 6, 2024

Do you love gardening? Have you always wanted to help butterflies, birds, pollinators, and native wildlife in your landscape? Join us for the Bayou Gardens Open House on Saturday, February 24, 2024, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. to learn more about these topics.

The Bayou Gardens Open House event is held each year as the extensive collection of camellias on the grounds of the  Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Headquarters Complex is in bloom.   The address of the complex and the event is 61389 LA-434, Lacombe, LA 70445.

Bayou Gardens Open House is put on in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc., the St. Tammany Master Gardeners, and the LSU Ag Center office of St. Tammany Parish.

Exhibitors from numerous garden, wildlife, native plant, and habitat restoration groups set up manned stations with exhibits.

Many of the exhibitor booths include family-friendly craft activities.

The grounds of the refuge complex will be open during the event, including garden tours.

Indoor presentations will be given by Krista Adams of the Purple Martin Conservation Initiative, and Paige Mizell with Mizell's Camellia Hill Nursery.

The Refuge Visitors Center - with its museum, movies, wildlife exhibits, and gift shop will be open during the event.

The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges will hold our very popular annual camellia and native plant sale during the open house. We will also supply light food, drinks, and snacks for purchase during the event. All proceeds from our sales go towards our work supporting the refuges, including the staff's outreach and educational programs.

More information on our plant sale can be found here.

We financially support this event so that it is free for anyone attending. We need some volunteers to help with our responsibilities for putting it on: food preparation and sales, the Visitors Center gift shop and our plant sale. If you are a Friends member and would like to volunteer to help us accomplish these things, even if it is for only a couple of hours, please send us an email at,

Our members are also welcome to volunteer on the day of the event as a refuge volunteer to help put it on. If you would like to help as a refuge volunteer, please email Refuge Ranger Becky Larkins at 



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