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The LSU AgCenter and the St. Tammany Master Gardeners will have their annual garden show and plant sale March 19-20 at the St. Tammany Fairgrounds in Covington.

Speakers and topics for the 2011 plant show include Buddy Lee on Southern Living collection, Charlotte Seidenberg on wildlife gardening, Dan Gill on new trends in landscaping, Kyle Huffsticker on tree selections and Carl Motsenbocker on successful organic gardening on March 19. The March 20 program will include Ty Guidroz on lawn care maintenance, Kappy Goodwin on inexpensive horticulture hints, Peggy Goertz on hummingbird plants, Anna Ribbeck on night blooming cereus and Katelyn Peat on culinary herbs.

This year’s show will feature free plant and gardening information by local Master Gardeners, hourly presentations by experts in their field, more than 35 exhibitor booths, children’s activities and food concessions. Gates will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p. m. each day, with admission at $3 for adults. Children under 12 may enter free. The event will benefit the Bobby Fletcher Sr. College Scholarship Fund.

For additional information, contact Rusty Batty at 985-875-2635. The complete program is available on the LSU AgCenter website, www.LSUAgCenter.com, and clicking on March 19 on the calendar.

See the latest LSU AgCenter News at www.lsuagcenter.com.                 Writer: Johnny Morgan jmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu 

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The New Orleans 2011 Spring Garden Show will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden on April 2-3 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

Speakers on April 2 will include Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter horticulturist, at 11:30 a.m., presenting “A Few of My Favorite Things: The Plants I Love”; Buddy Lee, creator of Encore Azalea, will discuss azaleas past and present at 1 p.m. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist, will discuss Louisiana Super Plants and other landscape plants to consider at 2:30 p.m. Speakers on April 3 will include Patrick O’Connor, president of the Greater New Orleans Iris Society, talking about the Louisiana Iris at 11:30 a.m.; Ed Bush, LSU horticulture professor, will discuss how to increase garden and landscape productivity using prescription fertilization at 1 p.m.; Russell Harris, Orleans Parish horticulture agent, will answer the question: “What can a county agent do for you?” at 2:30 p.m., and  Raghuwinder Singh, from the LSU AgCenter Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, will discuss ways to solve your plant health problems at 3 p.m.

Master Gardeners and LSU AgCenter horticulture experts will be available to answer questions from homeowners, who also may bring soil samples for analysis by the LSU AgCenter’s Soil Testing Lab. The cost for each one-pint soil sample is $10, payable by check or money order. As with past shows, exhibits and sales booths will be featured throughout the botanical garden. And again this year, 4-H members will be helping in the kid’s discovery area.

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter for free. The New Orleans Spring Garden Show is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the Metro Area Horticulture Foundation and the New Orleans Botanical Garden.

More information about the spring garden show is available from Harris at 504-483-9471.

See the latest LSU AgCenter News at www.lsuagcenter.com.

Writer: Johnny Morgan jmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu

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The LSU AgCenter recently released a handy pocket-size guide titled “Pest Identification Guide for Pests In and Around Buildings.” The publication was supported with funds from the Southern Integrated Pest Management Center and was prepared by experts from the LSU AgCenter, Texas AgriLife, the University of Arkansas, Auburn University, the University of Florida and the University of Tennessee.

The identification guide includes photos and information about various pests commonly found in and around buildings such as ants, roaches, flies, rats, mice, termites, spiders, wasps, bees, bedbugs, fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and more. Diagrams and scales showing the size of some of the pests also are included to help in identification.

The pocket size identification guide is 3.5 by 5 inches in size and includes 52 full-color pages. Printed on a heavyweight coated paper and bound with a coil, the guide can be purchased for $12 from the LSU AgCenter’s online store at https://store.lsuagcenter.com/ or by phoning LSU AgCenter Communications at 225-578-2263.

 For all the latest LSU AgCenter news, visit lsuagcenter.com/news.

Writer: Tom Merrill tmerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu

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Have you ever wanted to enjoy the amazing fall foliage of New England?  Here  is your opportunity to join a fully escorted 8 day tour which will immerse you in New England’s autumn colors as you visit Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  See quaint villages of New England, explore Acadia National Park, journey through the rolling countryside of the Berkshires, and discover the Revolutionary War history in Lexington and Concord.  Your tour host will be LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill who will provide his insight into the spectacular fall foliage and answer your horticultural questions. 

Sightseeing Highlights

• Bar Harbor – Visit Acadia National Park and drive up to the top of Cadillac Mountain.

• Pinkham Notch – Ride a gondola to the top of Wildcat Mountain.

• North Conway – Enjoy a presentation on the ecology of the North Woods.

• Quechee – Visit the Simon Pearce glassblowing factory and learn about the art of glassblowing.

• Woodstock – See Vermont’s great agricultural heritage at Billings Farm & Museum.

• Plymouth Notch Visit the family homestead of President Calvin Coolidge.

• Berkshire Mountains – Explore the Norman Rockwell Museum.

• Lexington and Concord – Visit the towns where the first shots of the American         Revolution were fired.

Departure Date: Saturday October 8th   Return Date: Saturday October 15th

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The Natchitoches Parish Master Gardeners will present their fifth annual garden symposium on March 26 at the Natchitoches Events Center. The theme of this year’s event is “Hats off to Gardening.” Featured speakers will include LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings, Mississippi State University Extension Service consumer horticulture specialist Lelia Scott Kelly and Nancy Bartlett, a self-taught, cut-flower grower who raises flowers on her 26-acre farm in Folsom for sale to farmers markets, restaurants and private events.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event will include morning refreshments, lunch, a silent auction, book and plant sales, and gardening-related vendors. Seating is limited to 200. Admission is $30 with no ticket sales at the door. Pre-registration is required. To register, mail your check to Ruth Anderson, P. O. Box 1358, Natchitoches, LA 71457.

For additional information, call 318-354-2102, or e-mail randm1959@suddenlink.net or contact Gwen Fontenot at (318) 357-2224, or gfontenot@agcenter.lsu.edu

See the latest LSU AgCenter News at www.lsuagcenter.com.

 Writer: Mary Ann Van Osdell mvanosdell@agcenter.lsu.edu

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