The 2015 Northshore Garden and Plant Sale will take place March 20-21 at the Covington Fairgrounds.  The show will open at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. with educational presentations at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. LSU AgCenter personnel and industry professionals will speak on topics such as weed control, irrigation and garden diseases.

Admission is $5 per person, with children under 12 entering free.  Proceeds from the show will fund the Bobby Fletcher Sr. Memorial Scholarship, a monetary award for a St. Tammany high school graduate who attends a Louisiana college to study agriculture.

For more information contact William Afton at 985-875-2635 or wafton@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Johnny Morgan: See the latest LSU AgCenter news at www.LSUAgCenter.com

Dining with the local flavors of Louisiana among the blooms and under the stars will be featured during Gourmet in the Garden: A Progressive Dinner in the Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on May 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is located in Baton Rouge at 4560 Essen Lane at I-10.

Guests will enjoy creations from local restaurants prepared with locally grown products in a lush green setting with music and blooms.The progressive dinner will feature tastings in the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie as well as the Orangerie Gardens and the Rose Garden. Gourmet foods will be prepared by award-winning chefs, Kuehny said.The evening will include beverages from Louisiana’s best local breweries and distilleries and a student chef cook-off, he said. And guests will be invited to vote for the People’s Choice awards for best chef creations.Delicious desserts prepared by students from the Louisiana Culinary Institute and live music by the Rusty Yates band will finish off the evening in the pavilion.

The event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Burden Horticulture Society and the Louisiana Culinary Institute. Proceeds benefit educational programs at the AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for Louisiana Culinary Institute students.Tickets are $60 per person in advance and include dinner, local beverages and live music. The cost is $70 per person at the door. Advance tickets are available online at Eventbrite.com – search “Gourmet in the Garden.” Business and support sponsorships for the event are available by contacting Michelle Fuller at mfuller@agcenter.lsu.edu or 225-763-3990 or Charlie Ruffalo at Charlie@louisianaculinary.com or 225-769-8820.

For more information contact Jeff Kuehny at (225) 763-3990 or jkuehny@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Rick Bogren. See the latest news from LSU AgCenter Communications at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/news_archive/


The Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held March 14 at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public, and all interested persons are invited to attend. It will feature kids’ activities, plant sales, gardening seminars, gardening and agriculture exhibits, and concessions that will include homemade items. Admission to the event is $5 per vehicle. Bring nonperishable foods for the food drive to benefit the Tangi Food Pantry.

The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway, just off U.S. Highway 190.

For more information contact Melissa Ordoyne at 985-748-5462 or mordoyne@agcenter.lsu.edu

The 2015 Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo is scheduled for March 27-28 in Lake Charles. The garden show will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the coliseum, with a wide variety of activities, vendors, speakers and exhibitors.  The show theme is Spirit of Adventure and will feature new and exciting educational programs about garden topics by LSU AgCenter specialists, as well as regional and state guest speakers.

Educational garden seminars will be ongoing throughout the two day event, with topics including home vegetable gardening, pecan insect identification and management in home pecan plantings, integrated pest management and home citrus production. There will be a plant health clinic with professionals from the LSU AgCenter, as well as Master Gardener volunteers who will help diagnose plant problems and answer garden questions. The 4-H Cart Service will be there to help festival-goers carry out items to their vehicles. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

The Southwest Louisiana Master Gardeners kick off the weekend’s events with its Garden Expo Preview Party featuring a Gumbo Supper & Silent Auction in the Chalkley Room of the Burton Coliseum on Thursday, March 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A donation of $10 is required for admission to the preview party and tickets can be purchased from the LSU AgCenter office at 7101 Gulf Hwy. in Lake Charles or at the door. Attendees will enjoy the gumbo supper, participate in the silent auction, preview the garden show and make purchases from the participating vendors that evening.

For more information, visit www.gardenfest.org or contact Turley at 337-475-8812 or rturley@agcenter.lsu.edu.

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their annual spring garden tour, Le Tour des Jardins on May 2 and 3, 2015. This year’s garden tour will take you through nine beautiful private gardens throughout Shreveport.  Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 2, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3.  Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any Citizens National Bank, or by calling the Master Gardeners office at (318) 698-0010.  Tickets may also be purchased at any garden on the days of the tour for $15.

A Garden Bazaar will be held during the tour at the Pioneer Heritage Center at LSUS, and while there, enjoy a tour of the Heritage Center Gardens, a project of the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners.  Admission to the Heritage Center is free. Proceeds from the garden tour will serve to fund future Master Gardener projects and help promote the Master Gardeners’ mission to enhance the quality of knowledge for gardeners in the community.

For more information contact the Northwest Master Gardener office at (318) 698-0010 or www.lsuagcenter.com/nwlamg.

The annual Camellia Garden Stroll at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will be held on Feb. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Visitors are invited to stroll through a collection of over 500 camellias, which were planted by Hody Wilson in the 1930s to early 1950s when he was the station superintendent.

The camellias were research trials of the varieties available at the time and a few that were bred but never named and released.  Propagation of the camellias is ongoing through cuttings, air-layering and even grafting, so that a new replication of as many named varieties as possible can be planted in other areas of the station.

Camellias, including some hard-to-find varieties, will be offered for sale by the Tangipahoa Master Gardeners.  The camellia garden stroll is co-sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association. The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Hwy. (Hwy. 1067 just off Hwy. 190). Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

For further information or if you require special accommodation for your participation in this event, contact the LSU AgCenter Tangipahoa Parish office at 985-748-9381.



There are three new horticulture publications now available for your use.  Click on the site(s) below to download and print.

1.   Vegetable Gardening Tips: Lettuce, Pub # 3363



2.  Vegetable Gardening Tips: Strawberries, Pub # 3364



3.  Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide, Pub # 1980 (Updated)


The LSU AgCenter is now accepting applications for the next Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners class, scheduled for January through March, 2015 and is open to all adults in Northwest Louisiana. Master Gardeners are the volunteer arm of the AgCenter. They are trained in horticulture in exchange for 40 hours of volunteer service, sharing what they have learned with other gardeners.
Volunteer opportunities include organizing and staffing the annual garden tour, Le Tour des Jardins, and Horticulture Series seminars, teaching children about gardening, manning a gardening hotline, creating and maintaining demonstration gardens and assisting in local parish extension offices.

So, what will you learn? Topics include insects, plant health, vegetables, fruits, turf, ornamentals and more. Classes, both lecture and hands-on, are taught by Louisiana Cooperative Extension specialists, university professors and other horticulture experts.
Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday for 10 weeks at the Randle T. Moore Center, at the corner of Kings Highway and Fairfield Avenue, Shreveport. There is a $175 registration fee, which covers the cost of training manuals, publications and supplies for the class.
Class size is limited and the registration deadline is December 1, 2014.
Call 318-698-0098 to request an application or, download one at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/lawn_garden/master_gardener/parish_lmg_programs/Northwest/Program_Information.

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners proudly present their annual Fall Bulb Sale, Saturday November 1, 2014. This annual sale will be held at the Randle T. Moore Center on Fairfield Avenue at Kings Highway in Shreveport, Louisiana from 8 AM until noon. This is the bulb sale that you don’t want to miss. Featured are hard to find heirloom bulbs to beautify your flower garden. You can’t buy these heirloom bulbs in stores. Many of the bulbs come from Master Gardener’s gardens, and have been dug up from old home sites. There will be over five thousand heirloom bulbs (over fifty varieties) that thrive in the South for sale. Featured this year will be Dutch Iris “Cream Beauty” and “Blue Magic”. Also available are red and pink oxbloods, Gloriosa lilies, and Lady Jane clusiana tulips. There will be plenty of daffodils ,crinums and rain lilies again this year.

Come early for the best selection. For more information, call the Master Gardener Hotline, (318) 698-0010.

Mostly Native Plant Sale

The Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve announces a Mostly Native Plant Sale Saturday, scheduled for November 1, 2014 from 9 AM to 2 PM at Briarwood, 2 miles south of Saline, LA. on Highway 9.

Over 1000 hard-to-find plants priced between $5 and $20 including 6 species of Native Azaleas: canescens, austrinum, flammeum, viscosum, prunifolium, and arborescen and Louisiana Iris, ferns, shrubs, perennials, Heirloom bulbs, trees, daylilies and much, much more will be offered.

For more information: briarwoodnp@gmail.com or call 318-576-3379 or www.facebook.com/cdormon