Archive for January, 2012

Home gardeners wanting to enhance their gardening knowledge through participation in gardening workshops, seminars and field day events presented by Louisiana Master Gardeners, the LSU AgCenter or affiliated groups can locate a variety of programs by visiting:


This site provides various gardening events currently scheduled for 2012 along with an e-mail contact for more specific information on each event.

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The Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners Association and the LSU AgCenter will present the annual Camellia Garden Stroll from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday February 26th at the Hammond Research Station located at 21549 Old Covington Hwy. (Hwy. 1067) (off Hwy. 190 next to Lynhaven).

Stroll through a collection of over 500 Camellia japonicas and sasanquas planted from the late 1930’s to the early 1950’s.  The event will also include a Camellia Plant Sale. Admission is free to the public.

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GONZALES — Pecan Grove Primary School 4-H member Erin Fleming, 10, grabbed a handful of mulch as her classmates placed dirt around a tulip poplar tree.  Master Gardener Emily Young and other members of the Ascension Master Gardeners group guided the students as they planted a variety of trees and shrubs around the school on Jan. 19 — one day before Arbor Day.

The tree-planting project — held to celebrate Arbor Day — was made possible thanks to a $500 grant from the LSU Agricultural Center, Young said. Through the grant funds and the assistance of former state arborist Tim Culpepper, the group was able to plant 35 trees and more than two dozen shrubs at Pecan Grove, Lakeside and Spanish Lake primary schools.

Sheila Billingsly, club president, said the project was the perfect way for the club to fulfill its mission to educate and inform the public about proper planting techniques. To learn more, visit the Advocate news article:


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The Piney Hills Master Gardeners will host their 7th annual Buds and Blooms on February 11, 2012.

Each year, seminars are provided for the public to help enhance their education in all things horticulture related.  This educational seminar began as a fundraiser to sponsor the 4-H Garden Contest and continues to be the sole source of monetary incentives and prizes for each contestant. Hence, the name… we are preparing young “buds” to grow and learn to be beautiful garden “blooms.”

Presenters this year will be Mary Lou McFarland presenting “Loving & Caring for Daffodils,” Susan Breeland presenting “Art of Crafting & Cultivating Gourds” and Dr. Gladden Willis presenting “Native Plants.”  A raffle, door prizes, plant sales and, of course, delightful refreshments will be offered for your enjoyment!   Cost of the seminars is the same as always… $5 at the door….First United Methodist Church in Minden, La.  Time:  9 a.m. until noon.

For more information, click on:   BUDS-AND-BLOOMS-flyer.pdf

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If you have interest in growing greenhouse tomatoes, mark your calendar now to attend the 22nd Annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course scheduled to be held at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center, 1500 Raymond Lake Road, Raymond, Mississippi on March 6 and 7, 2012.

Special topics this year will be components of the greenhouse system, greenhouse design and engineering, alternative heating options, marketing, budget for greenhouse growers, updates on the latest research, plant nutrition, alternative crops, water sanitation, and of course the pest management workshop, which will include physiological disorders, diagnosing plant problems, plant disease identification and control, and pest management.

Advance registration is encouraged so that the number of meals can be estimated accurately and must be received by February 24. The registration fee includes coffee, refreshments, three meals, all Extension publications, and some very special promotional items. For program information visit:


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The dates for the 2012 Le Tour de Jardins garden tour in the Shreveport area are May 5 and May 6.  Gardens have been selected and will be annouced at a later date.

Tickets will be available at a cost of $10 in advance and $12 the day of the tour.

For more information about the 2012 Le Tour des Jardin or theNWLA Master Gardeners, please call (318) 698-0010.

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Check out these two excellent articles published in Kids Garden News that include Creating Your Own Children’s Garden and Cleaning Indoor Air with Plants.  Great information for Master Gardeners interested in subject matter pertaining to indoor plants and gardening with children.

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The University of Minnesota through Professor Mark E. Ascerno, Department of Entomology, will conduct a series of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) courses January 23 – March 12, 2012 and is offering a 33% Master Gardener discount. Courses are delivered online and asynchronously, and as such, are available 24/7 with the work being done entirely on the student’s own schedule.  Therefore, you can login and complete as much as you like in a given time period between course start and end dates.  Assessments are given periodically throughout the course, usually after each sub-unit; a grade of 80% or better is required for successful completion.  However, since the goal is to increase your knowledge and understanding, there are no limitations to the number of times a student may retake an assessment.

IPM3 training is designed to reflect practical, real world content –Modules are the fundamental element of IPM3 training, and range from 5-15 hours of student contact time.  Lessons use multiple media learning techniques that variously include text, videos, still photo, and case studies.  Courses offered for the IPM3 program training include the following:

IPM Core Concepts Module:  Discounted rate $250 (regularly $375)
Pest Biology – Weeds:  Discounted rate $168 (regularly $250)
Pest Biology – Plant Diseases:  Discounted rate $100 (regularly $150)
Invasive Species Specialty Module:  Discounted rate $168 (regularly $250)
Imported Fire Ant IPM:  Discounted rate $168 (regularly $250)
IPM for Facility Managers/Supervisors:  Discounted rate $250 (regularly $375)
IPM Core Concepts Module in Spanish:  Discounted rate $250 (regularly $375)

Visit www.umn.edu/ipm3 to register for any of the following courses at the discounted rate or for more information contact Professor Mark E. Ascerno at  mascerno@umn.edu



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