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The LSU AgCenter has issued a call for entries for photographs for its 2015 Get It Growing calendar to give amateur or nature photographers from Louisiana an opportunity to have their photos selected for the upcoming edition. LSU AgCenter faculty members will select approximately 40 photographs of Louisiana gardens, plants, vegetables and nature scenes for the calendar. A dozen photos will be featured as full-page, full-color images for each monthly page in the calendar, and one will be used on the cover. The rest will be used throughout the calendar.

Submissions must be high-resolution digital images on CD with the photographer’s name, address, telephone number and email address attached. All images must be the original work of the photographer submitting the image. Photographers chosen for the featured monthly pages will receive 10 copies of the published calendar, and their names will be included with their photos in the calendar. Other contributors also will be listed with their photos, and will receive two copies of the published calendar.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014. Entries must be mailed to Elma Sue McCallum, LSU AgCenter, 135 Knapp Hall, 110 LSU Union Square, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. CDs will not be returned. Submission guidelines can be found on the Call for Entries form, which is available online at www.LSUAgCenter.com/GetItGrowingCalendar.

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Several studies suggest that students who participate in school garden-based learning tend to score significantly higher on science achievement tests as compared to students that do not experience any garden-based learning activities. Additionally, teachers relate school garden-based learning to be effective at enhancing academic performance, physical activity, language arts, and healthful eating habits.

To help teachers looking to start or take full advantage of their school’s garden, the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has launched an on-line resource of lesson plans including a comprehensive guide on how to start and maintain a school garden.

For more information and School Garden Resource Center content, see http://extension.uga.edu/k12/school-gardens/.

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The nationally renowned Benz School of Floral Design is now offering a new on-line course for floral instructors.

The Benz Online Floral Curriculum was developed to provide a comprehensive method to teach basic floral design.  It is easily customized for high school horticulture/agriculture departments, community education courses or for company training modules.  Students learn floral design theory and concepts via an online learning management system.  The curriculum is based on the elements and principles of design, emphasizing the inter-relationships of these concepts and the art of floral design.

For more information, visit http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/benz-school/high-school-ag-instructor-floral-training/

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A total of 231 Master Gardeners attended the 2013 State Master Gardener Conference held October 8-11 at the Sam’s Town Casino and Conference Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Master Gardener volunteers from Northwest and Piney Hills Master Gardener Associations hosted the event – delivering an outstanding program of speakers, tours, vendors, prizes and great accommodations! The theme for this year’s conference was “Gardening for Life” where participants enjoyed a terrific line-up of speakers and talks presented on health, sustainable living and garden design.

Chris Olsen, nationally known home and garden guru, designer, author and TV personality was the key-note speaker who shared his unique flair for home décor and design.  In addition to Olsen, a host of other entertaining and knowledgeable program speakers from around the country provided outstanding talks on various gardening subjects that included: The Urban Backyard Mini Farm; New Ideas for Organic Gardening; Retreat from the Heat with Shade Gardens; Ten Top Reasons to Garden;  Small Space Gardening; The Use of Rainwater in the Garden;  Seasoning the Melting Pot -Growing Herbs. Program speakers included Melinda Myers, Dolores Hydock, Leslie Halleck, Steve Huddleston, Billy Kniffen and Ann Mcormick. Local speakers presenting various gardening subjects included Dennis Forshee, Denyse Cummins, Matthew Linn, Lois Maberry, Ann Mccormick, Becky Taylor, Robert Powell, Ken Warren and Richard white.  Speakers representing the LSU AgCenter included Grace Peterson, David Himelrick and Bob Souvestre.

Participants found the conference to be very informative, educational and a worthwhile event, as determined through participant evaluations, who also expressed appreciation for the dedication and work by Northwest and Piney Hills Master Gardener volunteers in delivering an outstanding Louisiana Master Gardener State Conference.

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