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Sunday, October 16: Fall Fest

Press Street Gardens’ first Fall Fest
Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 3pm to 7pm
Press Street Gardens, at the corner of Press and Dauphine Streets (map)
Free and open to the public

Join Press Street Gardens on Sunday, October 16 as we celebrate the arrival of autumn. From 3pm to 7pm, we’ll be in the Gardens, where you can…

  • Purchase Louisiana-grown fall produce, including sugar cane, pumpkins, pecans, sweet potatoes, satsumas, persimmons, rice, and more!
  • Shop for fall and winter garden plants like peppers, herbs, greens, and winter squash!
  • Enjoy beer and great food from Press Street Station!
  • Challenge friends, neighbors, and complete strangers to lawn games!
  • Listen to music from Cory & Their Banjo!
  • Purchase raffle tickets–and if your luck holds out, win great prizes!
  • And of course, meet our goats and chickens!

Admission to Fall Fest is free, and the event is open to the public.

Press Street Gardens is an urban farm and outdoor learning laboratory funded by The NOCCA Institute, the nonprofit partner of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Proceeds support a broad range of programs for NOCCA students, faculty, and the community.

August 20: Press Street Gardens’ first-ever Dirt Gala

On Saturday, August 20, from 7pm to 10pm, Press Street Gardens invites you to its first-ever Dirt Gala! This fun, casual, outdoor event will raise funds to support the Gardens’ programs for students and faculty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, as well as the general public. Admission to the Dirt Gala is free.

Dirt Gala guests can…

  • Check out the lush Gardens, including our new goats and chickens;
  • Purchase great food and drinks from Press Street Station, plus cool treats from Lick Our Pops;
  • Challenge friends and neighbors to old-school lawn games; and,
  • Listen to great jazz and funk tracks spun by DJ Ruby.

Dress code is summer chic. (That includes anything you might wear to Filthy Linen night, a couple of blocks away on St. Claude Avenue.) Kiddie pools will be available for children, adults, and pets, so water-friendly attire is totally encouraged!

Press Street Gardens is located at 7 Press Street, at the corner of Dauphine, where the historic Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods meet. (Click here for a map.)

Sunday, May 8: Mother’s Day bouquet-making brunch

Shower your mom with love and flowers in Press Street Gardens! Join New Orleans flower growers on Sunday, May 8 from 11am to 2pm for brunchy cocktails and pastries. Pick out some blooms, and we’ll help you put them together in a bouquet any mom would love. This event is market style — you only pay for the flowers you pick! Brunch by the mouthwatering Port City Pantry.

Fresh veggies and flowers from Press Street Gardens

Press Street Gardens is overflowing with herbs, vegetables, and flowers! This summer we’re relaunching our Community-Supported Agriculture program for serious “eat local” and “decorate local” fans. For one price, you can get a full month of produce, hand-picked flowers, or both, with boxes and bouquets available for weekly pickup.

Each week we’ll provide 6-8 different vegetables and herbs grown at Press Street Gardens—a week’s worth of produce for a small household. Shares change each week as items come in and out of season. We aim to provide a well-rounded share: salad greens, cooking greens, root vegetables, fruiting vegetables, and herbs will be in every share. Occasionally, we’ll also offer dry goods and value-added products made from garden vegetables by NOCCA’s Culinary Arts program.

We’ll put together a  mid-sized arrangement for you each week made exclusively with locally-grown stems.

You can pick up your Vegetable & Flower CSA at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market from 3pm-7pm
  • Friday at Press Street Station from 8am-4pm


  • One month of flowers: $72
  • One month of veggies: $110
  • One month of flowers and veggies: $175

Click here to order!


Proceeds support NOCCA Institute programming for students, faculty, and the community.

Questions? Please email Marguerite at

April 9-10: Plant sale, art market, and medicinal herb workshop in Press Street Gardens

Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, Press Street Gardens hosts three events for gardening enthusiasts, art fans, and others. Please join us!

Saturday, April 9, 10:30am- 12pm
Introduction to Medicine Making with Maypop Herb Shop

Want to start your own herbal apothecary? Maypop herbalists Rachael Reeves and Jen Stovall will cover the art of herbal preparations, their uses and differences. They’ll walk attendees through the process of making infusions, decoctions, and tinctures. They’ll also cover how to make an infused oil and vinegar.

Suggested donation $15-$30. Please bring a pint sized mason jar with you to the class.

Saturday, April 9, 5pm – 9pm
Second Saturday Plant Sale and Art Market

Press Street Gardens welcomes you to a Second Saturday Plant Sale and Art Market. Mosey on down to the corner of Press and Daupine Streets, from 5pm to 9pm, and you’ll find…

  • Zines, artist books, comics
  • Letterpress, stationery
  • Jewelry & wearable art
  • Functional and ornamental ceramics and pottery
  • Original fine art and hand-pulled prints
  • Homemade goods and garden wares.
  • 15 varieties of herbs, cacti, tomatoes, melons, and cucumber
  • Unique plants like loofah and rosella hibiscus
  • Free seeds, courtesy of Parkway Partners and Ed Hume
  • Baked goods and other treats created by NOCCA students
  • Umbra, the literary journal of NOCCA’s Creative Writers

And don’t while you’re on Press Street, don’t miss the reception for “Word Play” in 5 Press Gallery from 6pm to 9pm.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry. We’ll hold another on Saturday, May 14th, from 5pm – 9pm.

ARTISTS! Want to participate in our upcoming markets? Visit to apply, or email

Sunday, April 10, 10am – 1pm
Press Street Gardens Plant Sale continues

We’ve got 25 varieties of tomatoes, and not a single one is run-of-the-mill! If you miss our nighttime plant sale on Saturday the 9th, you can still get great melons, cucumbers, peppers, flowers, herbs, medicinals, native plants, cacti and more on Sunday morning. We accept cash and plastic (and maybe even really cool barter).

Our CSA Program Offers Weekly Assortments Of Herbs, Veggies, And Flowers

Press Street Gardens is overflowing with herbs, vegetables, and flowers! Recently, we launched a Community-Supported Agriculture program for serious “eat local” (and “decorate local”) fans. For one price, you can get a full month of produce or hand-picked flowers, with boxes and bouquets available for pickup every week:

  • To sign up for the veggie CSA, beginning October 1, click here.
  • To sign up for the flower CSA, beginning November, 1, click here.

Saturday Mornings In Press Street Gardens: Yoga With Thomas Q. Sims

Start your weekend with some yoga and meditation, led by certified Jivamukti instructor Thomas Q. Sims in Press Street Gardens on Saturday mornings from 9am-10am. Classes are $8 per person, with a small surcharge for credit card payments.

Students should bring their own mats and anything else they like to use for their practice. (Sunscreen is recommended, too!) Stick around afterward for treats made by NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students, available from The Boxcar food truck in Press Street Gardens.

Note: This class takes place every Saturday, weather permitting. If plans should change, we’ll post updates to Facebook and Twitter.

October 1: The New Orleans Flower Growers’ Alliance Hosts FLOWER HUSTLE, A Flower Market At Press Street Gardens

WHAT: Flower Hustle, a flower market that’s open to the public, featuring live music, seasonal cocktails, raffles, and lots of fresh flowers

WHO: The New Orleans Flower Growers’ Alliance, in partnership with Press Street Gardens

WHEN: Thursday, October 1, 2015, from 5pm to 8pm

WHERE: Press Street Gardens, 7 Press Street, New Orleans (on Press Street in the Faubourg Marigny, between Dauphine and Burgundy, one block from NOCCA’s new Chevron Forum)

WHY: To sell local flowers to florists and individuals, to raise awareness of locally and naturally grown flowers, and for a fall celebration!

Follow us on Facebook for the latest details!

Saturday, August 1: Free Workshop With Marguerite Green On Jump-Starting Your Fall Garden

This Saturday, August 1, join us for a free workshop with Press Street Gardens manager Marguerite Green. From 9am to 10am, she’ll share tips and suggestions about getting your garden ready for fall. She and the rest of the Press Street Gardens team will also demonstrate the proper way to harvest basil, and they’ll give away cut basil to those in attendance.

Also happening this Saturday in Press Street Gardens:

  • “Boxcar Brunch”, with food from The Boxcar food truck served in the courtyard from 8am to 1pm
  • Pickups of CSA boxes and bouquets for subscribers
  • Sale of additional boxes and bouquets — first-come, first-served

Press Street Gardens is a project of The NOCCA Institute and is located at 7 Press Street, at the corner of Press and Dauphine. Proceeds benefit programs for NOCCA students, faculty, and the community.

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