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Biedenharn Museum Talks Plants, Previews Busy Spring Season

The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens hosts many exciting events in the upcoming months. The museum and attached gardens have delighted community members for decades, and with the upcoming talks, events, plant sales, and the annual symposium promises to continue that tradition through the year.

The house was originally built by Joe Biedenharn with the wealth from his Coca –Cola bottling company. His Daughter, Emy-Lou, grew to become a renowned singer in Europe, and decided to bring some her favorite things from Europe back to her hometown. She subsequently started both the Gardens and the Bible Museum, and later opened the home and  property up to tours in the early 70s. The addition of the Coke Museum in the last decade has made the museum complex a cornerstone northeast Louisiana attraction.

“We are a unique institution. I’m not sure if everyone in Monroe realizes, but we’ve got the Coke Museum. We have a Bible Museum. We have a historic house, and we have a garden. I don’t you’ll find that combination anywhere else,” says Executive Director Ralph Calhoun.

Some of the upcoming events include a talk about the plants of Biedenharn on March 12, Peter Gallagher’s Farewell talk on March 17, “Snapshot Saturday’ on March 26, and the annual symposium and plant sale on April 22-23.

“There something that everybody is going to enjoy. You may not be interested in coming to a plant talk, but we will have a Coca-Cola talk in a couple of months,” says Calhoun, “We have four different themes here, and I think almost everybody is going to identify with at least one of them.”

For more information about the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, including the full calendar of events, visit the museum website

Kirby Rambin is a natural entertainer, having played violin since the age of 9 and performing publicly since he was just 12. As a teen, he performed with the Monroe Youth Symphony and the Louisiana All-State Orchestra.
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