Archive for September, 2012

The LSU AgCenter is releasing its 2013 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar– the annual publication that offers a mixture of beautiful garden photos and advice targeted specifically to Louisiana gardeners.  Among the calendar’s features, gardening enthusiasts can learn more about gardening with monthly tips from LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill. Seasoned and beginning gardeners, as well as others, will find the calendar is a great resource, and they will enjoy the beautiful photos from Louisiana photographers.

The LSU AgCenter’s Get It Growing calendar provides useful gardening information chock-full of eye-popping photos of flowers, plants and gardens,” said Elma Sue McCallum of LSU AgCenter Communications, who coordinates the project. The calendar makes a great gift for the gardener on your list or for anyone who enjoys beautiful photos of lawn and garden scenes.

In addition to its gardening tips for each month of the year, the full-color, 32-page calendar also features a special section on Louisiana Super Plants, definitions and explanations for a variety of gardening terms, a how-to section on controlling snails and slugs, and more.

The 9-inch-by-13.25-inch calendar, which is designed as part of the LSU AgCenter’s popular Get It Growing educational campaign, sells for $11.95 and is available by phone orders placed by calling 225-578-4646 or on-line orders at www.LSUAgCenter.com/GetItGrowingCalendar.  Special discounts are available to Louisiana Master Gardener Programs.

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The LSU AgCenter has a wealth of online resources to help you recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Isaac and rebuild your homes and lives. From staying safe and preventing mold damage to cleaning up, salvaging goods and dealing with stress.  Go to: www.LSUAgCenter.com/Isaac

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The Louisiana School Garden electronic newsletter, Veggie Bytes, is designed to help educators and students use the school garden to learn more about the natural world around them. The What’s Growing section provides information on what and when to plant, as well as how to maintain particular plants;
The Activity Corner provides lessons that can easily be used to connect your classroom to the garden; and The Seeding Service section provides ideas on how to use your school garden to improve the local community. Plus, there is much more.

If you have a great lesson, garden tip or garden photo that you would like to share with other Louisiana school gardeners, please forward them to Dr. Katheryn Fontenot, ( kfontenot@agcenter.lsu.edu ) Gardening Specialists with he LSU AgCenter and designer of the Veggie Bytes Newsletter. To view the latest edition as well as previous editions click on the link below.


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If you have not yet made up your mind about attending the 2012 Louisiana Master Gardener State Conference, take time to check out the excellent program planned along with great accomidations.

 Click the link below to find out more about the conference.



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The LSU AgCenter and Burden Horticulture Society will kick off the annual Corn Maze at the Burden CenterSeptember 22 and 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction with the Rural Life Museum’s Harvest Days. Admission is $3 for corn maze activities and is in addition to the Rural Life Museum’s Harvest Days admission.  This family fun event will feature a corn maze, paint-a-pumpkin, a straw mountain and hayrides including a  big hay mountain for the kids to climb and the balloon slingshot.”

Try finding your way through the corn maze Saturdays from September 29 through October from 4-7 p.m. for $5 admission. October 27 will feature a bonfire, hotdogs and music from 4 to 9 p.m.  Admission will be $10.

The Burden Center is located at 4560 Essen Lane just off Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. For further information contact Jeff Kuehny at 225-763-3990.


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Here is another wonderful Fall Garden Symposium. This one is in beautiful St. Francisville, LA!

With featured speakers like Dean Norton, Mount Vernon’s Director of Horticulture; Heidi Sheesley, owner of Treesearch Farms in Houston, Texas; and floral design instructor Lynette McDougald of Mississippi State University,  no other gardening program brings together top quality speakers and historic plantation settings as well as the Southern Garden Symposium in St. Francisville, Louisiana.  Known as much for its engaging social events and historic venues as for its outstanding gardening lectures and workshops, the Southern Garden Symposium – now in its 24th year – has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts from across the south. This special event is scheduled for October 12 & 13, 2012.

For complete program information and registration forms, visit  www.SouthernGardenSymposium.org; call 225-635-3738 or email  luciecassity@bellsouth.net.  For information regarding overnight accommodations in St. Francisville, visit www.stfrancisville.us or call 225-635-6330; in New Roads, visit www.newroads.net or call 225-638-3998.

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The Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans and LSU AgCenter invite you to attend the “Urban Farming” Symposium scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2011, 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Dominion Auditorium at Audubon Zoo located at 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA.

Experts will teach various aspects of urban farming that include: “How to Build and Maintain a Fall Edible Garden“, “Bee Keeping in an Urban Area“, “Raising Chickens in an Urban Area“, and “Nutritious Meals from Your Fall Garden“.

Admission is $15.00 (includes lunch). To register fill out a registration form, and with your check made payable to MGGNO mail to: Urban Farming Symposium, P.O. Box 55126, Metairie, LA 70055-5126. For registration form and additional information go to: mggno.org

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