Halloween Decoration Judging

 Decorate for Halloween!

On the evening of Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Patio Planters members will ride through the French Quarter to judge Halloween decorations.  This is a new event to honor our creative French Quarter residents and businesses.

Winners will be announced and presented a plaque at the White Elephant Sale on November 9th.


  • Best Overall Decoration
  • Best Residence
  • Best Commercial
  • Best Balcony or Porch
  • Best Door or Window


Robert & Samantha McRaney 1012 Royal St

Teresa Major 914 Bourbon St

Ina & Marcus Magee 1013 Royal St.

OZ 800 Bourbon St.

Tommye James & Don Webre 832 Saint Peter St.
Rick & Mary Jameson 831 Saint Peter St.


Annual Contributions of Patio Planters

For the 2012 year end, the Patio Planters Board selected the following donation recipients:

Beauregard Keyes House, New Orleans Spring Fiesta House, KIPP McDonogh 15 School, Catholic Cultural Heritage Society (Ursuline Convent), Citizens Organization for Police Support (Cops 8), New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, Boy Scouts of America Troop 48, North Rampart Main Street, Inc., St. Francis Animal Shelter, and Parkway Partners.



Fall Fiesta

Save the Date!! 

Saturday October 10th, 2015

 (Details to follow)


Holiday Home Tour

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Savor the holiday spirit as Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré presents French Quarter residences dressed for the season. The tour includes interesting architectural styles and home furnishings, as well as a variety of collections of Christmas decorations. This December fundraiser is a prelude to the highly anticipated Caroling in Jackson Square later in the evening.

French Quarter residents will open their homes for the self-guided walking tour between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each (children under 12 free), and will be available for purchase prior to the tour at Creole Delicacies, 533 St. Ann Street (at Jackson Square) [cash or check], and at French Quarter Gem & Lapidary, 527 St. Philip Street (near Decatur), 888-756-6250 [cash, check, or credit card].



Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré

Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, 2015 

The Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré opens magnificent courtyards of the French Quarter for a special weekend tour.  This highly anticipated event offers the allure of private and historic gardens otherwise closed to the public.  The walking tour reveals how garden designers take advantage of small spaces, and provides access to the cool and private hideaways suited to the Louisiana climate in styles of the early Spanish and French architecture. 

Several courtyards will be opened in different locations each day for a self-guided walking tour between the hours of 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each (children under 12 free), and will be available for purchase prior to the tour at Creole Delicacies, 533 St. Ann Street (at Jackson Square) [cash or check], and at French Quarter Gem & Lapidary, 527 St. Philip Street (near Decatur), 1-888-756-6250 [cash, check, or credit card]

For questions, contact news@patioplanters.org

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White Elephant Sale & Auction

Saturday, November 7, 2015


Auction, Yard Sale, and Raffle — something for everyone!  Some of the best French Quarter businesses, restaurants, hotels, art galleries, and shops donate gift certificates and auction items for this event.  The yard sale items are all donations from members and friends of the Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré, and include jewelry, books, clothing, and plants.  Baskets of Cheer full of wine and spirits are raffled off throughout the day.  This November fundraiser take splace at the corner of Royal and St. Philip Streets [721 St. Philip] in the parking lot of the Little Red School House in the French Quarter.  Donations and auction items are accepted year-round by the Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré .  Admission:  Free and open to the public.

Our next White Elephant Sale begins on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., and the Auction begins at 12:00 noon.  We look forward each year to selling a huge collection from our generous donors. If you have donations or want to buy raffle tickets for the Baskets of Cheer, please do not hesitate to contact us at whiteelephant@patioplanters.org. Last minute donations are happily accepted, and the top fifteen donors of auction items will receive an ad placed in the Caroling in Jackson Square keepsake song book.


Winners of the Patio Planters contest for the best Halloween decorations in the French Quarter will be announced and awarded at this event.


Many thanks go out in advance to all the volunteers who assist in this fabulous fundraiser. 

Please note new restrictions on donated items this year:   Due to our limitations in storage and moving capabilities, we are no longer able to accept magazines, encyclopedias, large televisions, or large furniture.  Also, we will not be able to accept donations of analog televisions.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.


Caroling in Jackson Square

Sunday, December 20, 2015, Jackson Square

Join in a truly moving annual tradition as Jackson Square brims with candlelit faces and song-lit spirits as high as the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral.

Candles and song sheets provided. Gates open at 6:30 pm and Caroling begins promptly at 7pm. Free and open to the public.

Photo: Toby Armstrong and NewOrleansOnline.com


Our 68th Birthday Party!

Our 68th birthday party will be held Saturday, April 26th, 2014; details TBA.

Highlights from Our 67th Birthday Party

Patio Planters 2013 Birthday Party was held Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Old Ursuline Convent, 1100 Chartres Street, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Patio Planters provided sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, wine, champagne, beer, soft drinks, and water, and members brought a favorite dish.

Jim Walpole provided the entertainment. Admission was free for members, and $20 for guests.  67 years old and counting!

Al and Susan Guillot
2013 Birthday Party Co-Chairs 

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Christmas Brunch

December 6, 2015.

Details to follow.


Christmas Decoration Judging


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Each year, a panel of Patio Planters judges boards the official judging vehicle (everything from a van to a limousine to an antique fire truck) and makes the travels through the Quarter in search of the best holiday decorations ... stopping along the way for food and drink, of course.

Patio Planters encourages everyone to decorate and contribute to the festive atmosphere of the French Quarter. The winners are announced every year on the following Sunday at Caroling in Jackson Square, with presentation of a plaque and a $150 gift certificate to Santa's Quarters on Decatur Street.

The categories are: Best Overall, Best Hotel, Best Commercial, Best Window/Door, Best Balcony, and a new category added in 2011 - Best Residence.In 2014 we instituted the President's Award.