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Cajun Prairie Workshop – Arnaudville LA

November 12, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Cajun Prairie Workshop Nov 12 8 am – 2:30 pm
Visit, Learn, Plant

Just in time for Fall planting, Acadiana Native Plant Project (ANPP) and Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society (CPHPS) are partnering to offer a Cajun Prairie Workshop in Arnaudville on Saturday November 12, 8 am-2:30 pm. The workshop includes a tour of Larry Allain’s property, talks at NUNUs by prairie experts, and prairie garden plantings at Saint-Luc.

Registration is $25 or $20 for ANPP and CPHPS members and waived for workshop volunteers. Registrants may attend all or part. Limited to 40. See below for payment details.

Native plants form the foundation of all terrestrial ecosystems, including our disappearing Cajun Prairie. Prairies are established grasslands with complex, diverse plant and pollinator communities. Sadly, only a tiny fraction of the historical Cajun Prairie has not been lost to development and agriculture. What can you do for pollinators in your small yard in town, or with acreage you don’t want to mow anymore? “Letting it go wild” doesn’t work, unfortunately. This interactive workshop with some of our local prairie experts and native plant heroes can get you started. Plants and seeds native to the Cajun Prairie will be available for sale.

Schedule (all sites are within a few miles of each other)

8-9 am Visit Larry Allain’s prairie restoration (7334 Highway 93 just east of Beau Chene High School in Arnaudville)

9:15 am Check in at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy, Arnaudville.

9:30-11 am Talks

  • Larry Allain: Why Restoring Cajun Prairie Matters
  • Malcolm Vidrine: Cajun Prairie Remnants and Restorations
  • Steve DeMaso: C-GRIP and other programs to help you preserve or restore prairie

11-11:15 am Break

11:15-12:15 Short talks and panel: How I did it

  • Dona Weifenbach: From four acres of pasture to prairie: the first five years
  • Lawrence Rozas: Less lawn, better for wildlife
  • Robby Maxwell: Mowing less and growing more by converting chunks of wasted space into productive microcosms
  • Steve Nevitt: Developing the prairie garden revegetation plan for Saint-Luc

12:15: Lunch (BYO or food truck). Books, seeds and merchandise available.

1 pm Meet at Saint-Luc French Immersion campus, Guidroz Street in Arnaudville next to post office. We will plant two prairie gardens. Mavis Fruge of Saint-Luc invites all for coffee and dessert after the planting.

  • 70 sq ft Pocket Prairie demonstration garden using ANPP’s prairie plant kit and Dona Weifenbach’s design: Dona Weifenbach, Lawrence Rozas
  • 0.4 acre Prairie Garden seeding, with demo of how to plant plugs and patches: Steve Nevitt, Colby LeJeune and Malcolm Vidrine

2:30 pm Optional visit to ANPP’s greenhouse, 1046 Main Highway. Plants will be for sale.

Register by paying the registration fee:

  • $25 per person ($20 for current members of ANPP or Cajun Prairie Society). Fee waived for scheduled volunteers; to request a slot, send an email to mail@greauxnative.org.
  • Pay ANPP one of two ways
    • Click the donate button at greauxnative.org (please add Cajun Prairie Workshop in the memo window)
    • or mail a check to ANPP Treasurer, 1477 Lourdes, Church Point, 70125
  • Registration is limited to 40 (If workshop is full, your payment will be refunded)

For more information, contact: Phyllis Griffard, 832 499 8249 or phyllisgriffard@gmail.com

This workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana Arts Council, as administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society and the Louisiana Native Plant Society. We also thank our partners at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, Saint-Luc French Immersion Campus, the UL Lafayette Ecology Center and Louisiana Native Seed Company.


November 12, 2022
8:00 am - 2:30 pm

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