Archive for March, 2012

A special invitation is extended to all Master Gardeners statewide to attend the “Louisiana Master Gardener Appeciation Day” scheduled for May 18 at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Station Coordinator Dr. Regina Bracey and Lead Horticulture Research Specialist Dr. Allen Owings welcome Master Gardeners to come spend a day in the beautiful gardens at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station. The Appreciation Day program will include guided tours of the various garden sites including the Super Plants, a scavenger plant hunt, question and answer sessions with LSU AgCenter specialists Dan Gill, Allen Morgan, Ron Strahan, Kiki Fontenot, Don Ferrin and Gary Bachman.  Included will be a complimentary lunch and lots of door prizes.

Master Gardeners planning to attend are asked to contact their parish LMG program coordinator’s office and register their name by May 5th.

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Master Gardener Coordinators and Master Gardeners across the U.S. helped determine the contents of the Invasive Species CoP by participating in a survey September through December 2010. The Invasive species CoP national website  www.extension.org/invasive_species. is designed to connect and mobilize audiences and parties through an Invasive Species Learning and Action Network.

It is through this network that the Invasive Species CoP seeks to involve or connect Cooperative Extension invasive species educators, researchers, outreach and communications experts from leading universities across the USA with Master Gardeners, outdoor hobbyists, natural resources professionals and decision makers throughout the United States.

Master Gardeners across the country can benefit from the resources provided by the Invasive species CoP and are invited to join the Invasive Species CoP in eXtension. If you have any questions about the CoP; if you would like to submit an article or invasive species profile; or add links to the educational resources please contact Karan Rawlins at krawlins@uga.edu.

Instructions to Join:

1. Go to www.extension.org/people/communities/1238

2. Click ‘Join Community’

3. Don’t have an eXtension ID? Get one at www.extension.org/people/signup

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Entomologists with the LSU AgCenter recently created a FREE online entomology course for Master Gardeners.  Known as the First Detector Entomology Training Project, the course offers a series of Web pages that allow people with little or no experience to learn about the world of insects, arthropods, insect collecting and insect photography.

The information on the Web pages were designed for Master Gardeners and extension agents but can be used by anyone (at any time) interested in learning more about insects and arthropods, including teachers and students.

The pages provide a general overview of entomology and are designed to help users recognize common arthropods, whether pests or non-pests, confirm the identification of pest problems and recognize and report suspect, unusual, exotic or invasive species. Some major insect orders, such as true flies, true bugs and beetles, get their own wiki pages that highlight specific examples of commonly encountered pests or non-pests. To access the training course visit this link:   http://wiki.bugwood.org/FD-ENT

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The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Chapter of the Azalea Society of America will host an azalea symposium on Wednesday, April 4, at the Hammond Research Station, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Speakers will include Pat Newman of Folsom Nursery, Buddy Lee of Transcend Nursery and Plant Development Services Inc., Allen Owings from the LSU AgCenter and Rick Webb from Louisiana Growers.

The program is open to everyone from nursery and landscape professionals to retail, home gardeners, Master Gardeners and county agents.  A $20 registration fee includes lunch and pre-registration is required because of limited seating. Call 985-543-4125 to register.

The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway (Louisiana Highway 1067) east of Hammond.

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