Archive for December, 2011

If your looking to add to or compliment your holiday decorations this Christmas season, consider making a giant holiday wreath! It’s a great family activity that is fun, easy and only takes a few hours to complete. Paul Simon, a landscape architect with the National Gardening Association, provides an 8 step process for building your own super-sized wreath using 1/2 inch PVC conduit, gardening twine, and cuttings from your yard.

To view the article from Kids Gardening by Paul Simon that list the 8 steps, go to:


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Suellen Mullins, a Master Gardener from Desoto, Texas, began one of the only known homeschool cooperative gardening programs in Texas.  Her class of third through seventh graders has been named the “Nature Detectives” and is led to discoveries primarily through gardening experiences.

The curriculum used by Mullins for the Nature Detectives is compiled from several sources that includes information from her own experiences, her Master Gardener training, books, and on-line resources. Topics the Nature Detectives have covered thus far in the school year include: how to build a raised bed, soil science, plant propagation, composting, hydrology, and integrated pest management.

To read and learn more about this innovative youth gardening program by Suellen Mullins visit:


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The LSU AgCenter is looking for photos for its 2013 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar and is inviting the public to participate. As in years past, professional or amateur nature photographers from Louisiana will have an opportunity to show off their work and earn recognition if their photos are selected for the 2013 Get It Growing gardening calendar.

Submissions must be high-resolution digital images on CD (which will not be returned) and must be submitted with a 2013 Call for Entries form. All images must be the original work of the photographer submitting the image, and individual photographers may submit up to 25 of their best gardening photographs. The deadline for submission of entries is Jan. 31, 2012 and entries must be postmarked by Jan. 31 and mailed to Elma Sue McCallum, LSU AgCenter, 101 Efferson Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. The entry form is available online at: www.LSUAgCenter.com/GetitGrowingCalendar.

For more details or to ask questions, contact Elma Sue McCallum at 225-578-2462 or email emccallum@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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Just a reminder to all master gardeners planning to attend the Southern Region Master Gardener Conference scheduled for May 1-4, 2012 in Natchez, Mississippi that the early bird registration fee of $105 ends on January 15th. The registration fee after that date jumps to $155. The registration link for the 2012 Southern Region Master Gardener Conference is: http://www.regonline.com/srmg.

And:  For detailed conference information go to this site:

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Visit the eXtension Master Gardener blog at http://blogs.extension.org/mastergardener/ to view the 2011 SEARCH FOR EXCELLENCE winners.  Weekly postings of these award winning projects will run through December 15th.  For SFE winning projects that were posted previously, go to Recent Posts on the eXtension Master Gardener blog site.

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