Archive for May, 2013

The State Master Gardener Conference is scheduled for October 8 -11, 2013 to be held at the Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino/Shreveport in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The conference will offer a terrific line-up of speakers in addition to an intimate look at the Shreveport/Bossier Riverfront. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend the Red River Revel, one of Louisiana’s premier arts festivals, and participate in guided tours of the American Rose Center and the uniquely beautiful Norton Art Gallery gardens.  Three speaker’s tracks will be offered for Health, Sustainable Living and Garden Design.  Sponsored by the Northwest and Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardener Associations, complete information and on-line registration is now available at www.bloominonthered.com.  Due to festival season, early registration and hotel reservations are encouraged.

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The St. Tammany Master Gardener Program is now recruiting trainees to help educate home gardeners in St. Tammany Parish.

The 2013 training session will begin on August 1 with classes conducted on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and run through the end of October.  All classes will be conducted at the St. Tammany Extension office located at 1301 N. Florida Street in Covington with the exception of 2-3 field trips.  Trainees must attend 80% of classes and pass a written exam to graduate.

Master Gardener trainees will be asked to conduct educational activities such as providing information on the phone, assisting in the Extension office, teaching gardening to special audiences, organizing community gardens, helping with school gardening activities, etc.  A Master Gardener trainee must agree to volunteer for a minimum of 40 hours of service to earn the title of a Louisiana Master Gardener.

Everyone that applies for the Master Gardener training may not be selected.  An application process will be conducted and 25-30 applicants will be chosen.  For an application please call (985)875-2635 or stop by the LSU AgCenter office.  The address is 1301 N. Florida Street, Covington, LA 70433. The deadline for applying is Friday, June 14, 2013.

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The Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Program of the LSU AgCenter will conduct a Master Gardener Certification training in 2013 from September 5th through November 14th. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thrusday mornings from 9 AM to 12 Noon and alternate between the Extension office in Amite and the Hammond Research Station in Hammond, Louisiana.

Applications for the 2013 Master Gardener class training are available and must be received in the Tangipahoa Extension office by August 6th for consideration as a participant.

Information related to fee, subject matter topics and more can be found on the application form. Selection to the 2013 program will be determined through a review of all applications.

For application go here: TPMG Application

For questions call the Tangipahoa Extension office at 985-748-9381


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Food, music and hayride tours will be featured at the annual Garden Fest at Burden on June 15 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge. From 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., visitors will have an opportunity to take a hayride to the Botanic Gardens research area to taste tomatoes, watermelons, peppers and fruit crops and learn about the latest research conducted by the LSU AgCenter. Other garden tours will include the All-America Selections garden, the rose garden and the children’s garden.

Visitors are invited to bring their best tomatoes from their gardens and enter them in the outstanding tomato contest. LSU AgCenter experts will conduct a plant health clinic and diagnose problems with plant specimens visitors bring to them. Baton Rouge Music Studios and Visit Baton Rouge will present the Red Stick Idol contest and live music from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store will have ice cream available for purchase.

Admission to the event is $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-10 years old. Children under 3 will be admitted at no charge. Burden is located on Essen Lane off I-10 in Baton Rouge.

More information is available online at www.lsuagcentr.com/burden or by phone at 225-763-3990.

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Wally Barr of the New Orleans Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society (AHS) invites all hibiscus enthusiasts to attend the 16th Annual Hibiscus Show and Sale scheduled for Sunday, May 26th at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The annual event will feature rare and exotic hibiscus varieties, special hibiscus fertilizers, general growing information, books and professional advice and tips. This event is one of the largest and best hibiscus shows around and is open to the general public from 1:00 to 4:30 P.M.  Admission is free.

Visit: http://www.loyno.edu/~gerlich/NOHS/Annual_Show.html

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The LSU AgCenter recognized the volunteer efforts of the Louisiana Master Gardener (LMG) program by hosting an annual appreciation day on May 10th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Hammond Research Station. The morning of the Master Gardener Appreciation Day saw rainfall statewide, thunder, lightning, flash flood watches and flooded roads. The dedication of this volunteer group was realized when 203 attendees participated in the day’s activities. Attendees came from almost all parishes across the southern part of the state in addition to small groups from several parish programs in north Louisiana.

Activities for the day included: presentations by LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill and Baton Rouge landscape architect Bill Rountree; contests involving “Name that Weed” and “What’s Wrong with this Plant” led by resident coordinator and horticulture professor Regina Bracy; and a guided tour of the sun garden at the Hammond Research Station led by horticulture professor Allen Owings. Additional actvities included lunch and various door prizes including Super Plant give-a-ways.

The annual Louisiana Master Gardener appreciation day has been held at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station the past several years to show master gardeners how much their volunteer efforts with the LSU AgCenter means to the statewide horticulture programming efforts of the LSU AgCenter.

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