Archive for January, 2013

St. Tammany Master Gardeners in conjunction with the LSU AgCenter will conduct a VEGUCATION seminar on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the First Baptist Church located at 16333 Hwy 1085 Covington, LA. The program will feature a series of educational programs specific to vegetable gardening including table top clinics with various gardening demonstrations.  Registration deadline for this special gardening event is February 15th and includes lunch. For more about the gardening topics that will be presented including contact information visit this site:


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The Sabine Parish Master Gardeners will present their 10th Annual Down and Dirty Garden Seminar on February 23, 2013 at the Wildwood Resort  located  at 129 Wildwood Road, Zwolle La. 71486 on beautiful Toledo Bend Lake.

Keynote speaker will be Felder Rushing, renowned horticulturalist and author. Also speaking will be  Ron Killingsworth, owner of Plantation Point Nursery who will talk on Louisiana Irises and the Louisiana Iris society. In addition to outstanding speakers, local vendors will be on hand with a variety of horticulture items for sale that will include herbs, dried flower collages, Ponderosa lemon trees, yard art, nature photography and more. Participants are encouraged to come early, shop and enjoy the wonderful refreshments and coffee provided by the Sabine Parish Master Gardeners.

Registration begins at 9:00AM and the program starts at 9:30 AM. Refreshments and lunch will be served. TICKETS WILL BE LIMITED TO 175 PEOPLE so place your order early.

For tickets and more information contact Maribeth Lewing at 318-256-2188 or 318-315-1963 or maribeth1906@live.com, or call the  LSU Ag Center Sabine Parish Extension office at 318-256-3406.

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The Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners will host their 8th annual Buds and Blooms on February 9, 2013. Each year, seminars are provided for the public to help enhance their education in all things horticulture related.

Presenters this year will include Kathie Rowell, Dr. Donald Reed and Julie Alexander. Kathie, former feature editor of the Shreveport Times, will share tips & how-to’s for our Southern climate plants.  Dr. Reed, professor/wildlife extension specialist with the LSU AgCenter, will present a program that deals with nuisance critters that invade our homes and gardens.  Julie Alexander, Piney Hills La. Master Gardener and Bossier Parish educator, will present Bags, Bale and Barrel Gardening.  Master Gardener Brenda Perryman will also be on hand to demonstrate wreath making & flower arranging.

A raffle, door prizes, plant sales, refreshments and of course, good food, education and fellowship will be offered for your enjoyment!  Cost of the seminars is the same as always $5 at the door.  Buds & Blooms will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Minden, La. starting at 9 a.m. until noon.

For more information please call Melba at 377-3466 or Kay at 377-8364.



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The University of Minnesota is currently offering its full portfolio of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) courses that will continue now through June 30, 2013.

Students come from all over the United States and internationally and are in a wide range of occupations including National Parks Service and Bureau of Land Management employees, county extension agents, master gardeners, crop consultants, pest management professionals, local and state government officials, and private sector employees and owners.  Master Gardeners receive a 33% discount on the course tuition fee.

Participants can select to complete one or more courses that include IPM Core Concepts Module;  IPM for Facility Managers and Supervisors; Pest biology-Weeds; Pest Biology-Plant Diseases; Invasive Species Specialty Module; Imported Fire Ant IPM;  Bed Bug Prevention & Control in the Hospitality Industry; IPM Core Concepts Modules in Spanish. 

For details on the program, course outlines, cost, and registration information, visit this website: www.umn.edu/ipm3.

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The Friends of Hilltop Arboretum will sponsor its Annual Symposium and Garden Tour titled “Nourishing Gardens, Adding Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs to Your Garden” on Saturday, January 19th. This annual event will start at the LSU Hilltop Arboretum located at 11855 Highland Road in Baton Rouge and will include presentations during the morning hours followed by an afternoon tour of edible gardens in Baton Rouge.  The morning program will run from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and include the following distinguished speakers:

Peter J. Hatch, Director of Gardens and grounds at Monticello since 1977, with first-hand experience in America’s ultimate edible garden with over 350 varieties of vegetables and 170 varieties of fruit, will present “A Rich Spot of Earth” Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello.

Suzanne Turner, professor emerita of landscape architecture at Louisiana State University, owner and principal of Suzanne Turner Associates, and the author of several books on Louisiana gardens will present “The Garden Diary of Martha Turnbull Mistress of Rosedown Plantation” spanning the years1836 through 1894, revealing the portrait of a courageous and resilient woman and energetic well-read gardener, eager to experiment with the newest gardening trends.

Dr.Jeff Kuehny, Horticulture Professor and Resident Director of LSU AgCenter Burden Center, will present “Trinity Gardens:  Gardening for the Eyes, Stomach and Spirit ” creative design solutions for incorporating beautiful edible plants and ornamentals into your garden for their aesthetic value, a source of food for both humans and animals, and nourishment for your spirit.

Tickets are required for participation and can be purchased on line at http://www.lsu.edu/hilltop or by contacting LSU Hilltop Arboretum at 225-767-6916.

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The Burden Center of the LSU AgCenter is looking to expand it’s public meeting area for conducting various annual garden educational programs and events through construction of a Botanical Garden Pavilion.

The public can help build the pavilion at the Burden Center with a brick donation.  Each brick donated will have it’s own  distinctive and personalized inscription provided by the donor.

For contact  information on how to donate a brick and to view the preliminary design of the Botanical Garden Pavilion, visit:


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