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The Pioneer Heritage Center, which opened in 1977 as a joint venture with Louisiana State University and the Shreveport Junior League, is a living museum located on the campus of LSU-S. The center consists of seven buildings constructed between 1850 and the early part of the twentieth century. They offer visitors a glimpse into the everyday lives of the pioneers of our area. Once each fall the center is host to a Pioneer Days Festival. Various historic groups from northwest Louisiana provide demonstrations and tours of the buildings while dressed in costumes of the pioneer era. The small admission charge goes to the upkeep of the museum.

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners work to keep the herb and perennial beds in good order. They have planted a culinary herb bed near the kitchen, a small vegetable garden and a medicinal herb bed in front of the doctor’s cottage. Perennials have also been added to beautify other beds. Gigantic rosemary plants grace one area, and a lovely Confederate rose shrub anchors the back of the doctor’s cottage.

If you would like to participate in this enjoyable project, contact Donna Camp at (318) 797-3284.

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The next Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener class for Caddo, Bossier, Red River and DeSoto parishes will begin in mid-January, 2015. Applications for the 2015 class are available at 2015-Application.doc

All applications for the class are due by December 1, 2014. The Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer program is conducted  by the LSU AgCenter, Cooperative Extension Service. Don’t miss your chance to become a Northwest Lousiana Master Gardener volunteer!

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The Friends of Hilltop Arboretum will hold its annual symposium on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the LSU Design Building Auditorium (room 103). The topic of the 2014 symposium is “Magnolias, Azaleas, and Southern Native Plants: Bartram’s Trail of Discovery.”

John Bartram and his son, William, were naturalists whose work provides a glimpse of the late 18th-century Southern wilderness. Speakers include: Randy Harelson, Peggy Davis Coates, Van Cox, Mark Laird, and Robert Brzuszek.

Registration is required and can be completed online at hilltop.lsu.edu or by emailing hilltop@tigers.lsu.edu. Ticket prices are $50 for Friends of Hilltop Arboretum members and $65 for non-members.

Refreshments will be provided during the hospitality break, and symposium attendees will have the chance to purchase plants and literature at the Hilltop Garden Book and Nature Shop.

For more information visit design.lsu.edu

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Just around the corner is the 32nd annual Northeast Louisiana 2014 Ag Expo scheduled for January 17th and 18th at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe. The region’s premier event for all things related to agriculture will again feature more than 170 exhibit booths with the newest offerings in products, services and equipment.  New this year will be a Master Farmer program for producers conducted by the LSU AgCenter. And the popular Forestry Forum and Master Gardener Program will return.  Each year more than 10,000 people attend the Ag Expo from not only Louisiana but also Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi. Ag Expo is sponsored each year by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council in cooperation with the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and Monsanto.

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The LSU AgCenter in partnership with the American Rose Society Gulf District will present a midwinter workshop on rose care Feb. 7-8 at the Natchez Grant Hotel in Natchez, Miss. The program is being held for members of the American Rose Society, Master Gardeners, home gardeners and others interested in roses.

A Friday evening buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. will include entertainment provided by illusionist David Himelrick, who is also a horticulture professor at the LSU AgCenter. Saturday educational programs will begin at 9 a.m. with many presentations on rose-related topics. A luncheon will feature 2013 Gulf District award presentations. The workshop will also include a silent auction, as well as new roses from K and M Rose Nursery that will be available for purchase.

The keynote speaker will be Mark Windham, plant pathologist at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who will address rose diseases. Other speakers will include Don Adlong with the Central Arkansas Rose Society; Leo Watermeier, curator of the Armstrong Park Rose Garden in New Orleans; Mississippi State University entomologist Blake Layton; Jim Mills with K and M Rose Nursery in Buckatunna, Miss.; Tim and Cindy Riley with the Mississippi Old Garden Rose Society, and rose hybridizer Gene King from Monroe, La.

Registration for the workshop is open until January 27. Registration including both the Friday night dinner and Saturday program is $60. Saturday-only registration is $35.

More information and a registration form for the workshop is available from Dr. Allen Owings (985-543-4125) or by email to aowings@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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