Archive for November, 2011

Plans are being finalized by the Southwest Louisiana Master Gardeners, hosts for the 2012 Louisiana Master Gardener Conference which will be held at the beautiful L’Auberge du lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana October 24, 25, and 26.  The 2012 conference will offer a variety of presentations, workshops, and vendors and the opportunity to share ideas and learn new things as we reinforce “Our Bridge to the Future” (the 2012 conference theme).  Conference registration will be $150 and the room rate (single or double occupancy) at the conference hotel will be $99.

More information on the conference program, including on-line registration, will be made available on the LMG website in the coming weeks.

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The Mississippi Master Gardener Association and Mississippi State University Extension Service are pleased to extend an invitation to master gardeners to come to beautiful Natchez, Mississippi – the site for the 2012 Southern Region Master Gardener Conference scheduled for May 1 – 4 at the Natchez Convention Center. This event will bring together master gardeners, vendors, horticulture professionals, and others with a common interest in all aspects of gardening.

Visit the conference website at http://msucares.com/srmg  to find complete information regarding registration, tours, program schedule, lodging and speakers.

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The LSU AgCenter’s 2011 Poinsettia Open House is set for Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Burden Center located at 4560 Essen Lane near the junction of I-10 in Baton Rouge. More than 1,000 plants will be on display and for sale that day. Prices range from $8 for a large, pinched 6-inch poinsettia to $6 for a smaller 6-inch plant.

Trial plants from four poinsettia breeders, Paul Ecke Ranch, Syngenta, Dummen USA and Selecta will be offered at this years sale. Winter Rose will also be available again this year. Proceeds from the sale will help support research at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center.

For additional information, contact Jeff Kuehny at 225-763-3990 or jkuehny@agcenter.lsu.edu

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More than 1,200 people attended the International Master Gardener Conference held October 11 – 14 in Charleston, West Virginia that included representation from 44 states and international Master Gardener programs from 2 Canadian Provinces and South Korea.  It was a busy and fun filled week with participants enjoying a variety of programs that included educational field trips, cultural, architectural and garden tours, educational gardening sessions and great West Virginia cuisine.  A variety of educational gardening sessions were conducted at the Charleston Civic Center, where experts talked about everything from native plants to composting to fighting weeds.  Participants enjoyed the market place section of the conference that featured vendors selling everything from garden tools and gloves to seeds, jewelry, specialty foods and garden decorations.

The conference provided an impressive range of speakers that included renowned garden experts Lee Reich, Barbara Pleasant and Rick Darke. The 2011 International Master Gardeners Conference was organized and hosted by the West Virginia Master Gardeners and led by Delores Butler, a Kanawha Master Gardener who served as Co-Chairman for the conference along with John Jett, horticulture specialist with West Virginia University

Delegates from Louisiana that participated in the 2011 International Master Gardener Conference included Master Gardeners Candice Bienvenue, Mary Googe, Evelyn Thomas, Molly Rankin, Jeanell Menard, Sarah Burroughs, Donna Camp, and Lil Appel, and LSU AgCenter State Master Gardener Coordinator Rene’ Schmit.

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