Classes for the 2014 East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardener Volunteer Program of the LSU AgCenter will be held on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with classes starting on Tuesday, August 5 and ending on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Classes will be taught at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. The fee for the 2014 Class is $230.00.

Class size is limited and application, commitment letter and payment must be received by Thursday, July 3, to be considered. Applications will be screened to select the best candidates to assist with parishwide consumer horticulture education and LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens activities.

To learn more or download an application go to the link below or contact Bob Souvestre at bsouvestre@agcenter.lsu.edu .


The annual North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) located at 2111 North Trenton Street in Ruston, Louisiana.

Over 50 varieties of plants will be offered including hollyhock, morning glory, zinnia, coreopsis, gomphrena, browallia ‘blue bells’, rudbeckia, rose campion, yarrow, veronica, and more.  Additionally, more than 20 different herbs will be available, including fennel, marjoram, and bee balm.  Several vendors will also participate to include the OWL Center, who will offer a large selection of ferns including the beautiful Macho Gigantic along with native perennial and annual ferns and Rosemary’s Kitchen, one of Ruston’s favorite lunch spots, who will be on site.

Proceeds from the plant sale will be used to advance horticulture projects in support of school gardens and maintenance of two gardens at the Lincoln Parish Park and to the horticulture department at LA Tech University for their continued support of the North Central Louisiana Master Gardener Program.

The Master Gardener organization is a service and education activity sponsored by the LSU AgCenter.  Master Gardeners support the AgCenter and their communities through volunteer activities and participation in local gardening and horticulture education and projects.   If you are interested in joining, a new class is slated to begin August 20, 2014.  Contact Gary Stockton at 318-251-5234 for more information.

It is hard to believe, but spring is right around the corner and the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners will host their annual garden tour, Trails & Trellises for the ninth consecutive year. Four lovely gardens will be available to enjoy as well as vendors, a plant sale, and artists in the garden. The date for the Trails & Trellises Garden Tour will be April 26, 2014 from 9 AM until  PM.

The tour this year will feature gardens of Denton and Dr. Savanna Culpepper, Mike and Whitney Harper, Master Gardener Evalyn Cabell and husband, Ben and the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardener Teaching Garden located at the Webster Parish Extension Office.

To purchase your $10 ticket in advance, call the Webster Parish Extension Office at 371-1371. Or send an email inquiry to gcollums@agcenter.lsu.edu or pixley_s@bellsouth.net or rdwhiterx@yahoo.com or you may purchase a ticket on the day of the tour at a cost of $12 at any of the gardens.

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners will conduct their Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 12th from 8 AM to 3 PM at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at the Burden Center located on Essen Lane and I-10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Plant Sale offers the perfect opportunity to pick up a Mother’s Day gift, choose a hanging basket for the plant lover or an herb pot for the cook in the family.  More than 5,000 plants and 250 varieties will be on hand to select from. To make your selection experience easier, shop the plants before the sale. Photos of available plants are at www.mgplantsale.com. 

Also included at the Plant Sale will be expert assistance for plant selections, a plant health clinic for diagnosing plant problems with recommendations, and gardening activities for children. Mark your calendar and bring along a wagon to make your shopping easier!

The St. Tammany Parish Master Gardener Association will host the 2014 Northshore Garden Show and Plant Sale on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds on Columbia Street in Covington, rain or shine. Show hours are 9 – 6 on Friday and 9 – 4 on Saturday. Ample free parking is available at the fairgrounds.

Admission is $5.00 per person and children admitted free.  Proceeds from the show will benefit the Bobby Fletcher Sr. Scholarship Fund. Concessions and an ATM will be available. Plant nurserymen and garden product vendors from across the area will be on-site with an exciting assortment of plants and products.  There will be a special area for children to learn about gardening with a “hands-on” activity and a plant clinic staffed by LSU AgCenter personnel each day.

A line-up of popular gardening topics will be presented during the show to include the following:

Friday 10:00 AM Mariah Bock Conventional & Organic Insect Control
Friday 12:00 PM Dr. Allen Owings 20 Considerations for 2014 Gardens
Friday 2:00 PM Scot May Growing Watermelon in Your Home Garden
Friday 4:00 PM Dan Gill Ornamental Grasses for Your Landscape
Saturday 10:00 AM COOKING DEMO Chefs Neely & Kevin Frentz of Lola Restaurant
Saturday 12:00 PM Buddy Lee Southern Living Plant Varities
Saturday 2:00 PM Dr. Ron Strahan Weed Control and Plant Care

For additional information please contact the Covington office of the LSU AgCenter at (985) 875-2635.

The Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference & EXPO will present its 15th Annual Show and Plant Extravaganza about gardening, flowers, trees, shrubs, garden accessories, books, demonstrations, educational lectures, and general garden tools. The event is scheduled for Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22 from 9AM – 5PM at the Burton Coliseum located at 7001 Gulf Hwy and Gauthier Rd. in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

Featured will be area, regional and interstate exhibitors and vendors along with The Federated Garden Clubs of Southwest Louisiana who will present: “Art In Bloom” their 2014 flower show theme. Educational gardening programs will be presented by LSU AgCenter specialists, including program presentations by regional, and state guest speakers. Educational programs presented during the two day event will include Home Vegetable Gardening and Fruit Production presented on Friday and Ornamentals, Landscape Gardening & Herbs presented on Saturday.

Also featured will be a Plant Health Clinic with specialists from the LSU AgCenter and Southwest Master Gardener volunteers to help diagnose plant problems and answer gardening questions. The 4-H Cart Service will be available to assist EXPO-goers carry out items to their vehicles.

For more information, contact Robert Turley at (337) 475-8812 or RTurley@agcenter.lsu.edu.



The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners hold their annual spring plant sale each year on the grounds of the Randle T. Moore Center in Shreveport, Louisiana where a variety of select plants are offered for sale. Master Gardeners produce all of the plant materials offered, providing for an unusual selection of plants not frequently seen for sale. Sales in recent years have featured American natives, angel trumpets and cultivars of Louisiana iris.

The date of the 2014 Annual Spring Plant Sale has been set for April 12, 2014, on the grounds of the Randle T. Moore Center, 3101 Fairfield Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Time of the sale is 8 a.m. until noon. Plan to get there early!

For more information, please contact the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners at 318-698-0010.


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