Archive for February, 2015

The Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held March 14 at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public, and all interested persons are invited to attend. It will feature kids’ activities, plant sales, gardening seminars, gardening and agriculture exhibits, and concessions that will include homemade items. Admission to the event is $5 per vehicle. Bring nonperishable foods for the food drive to benefit the Tangi Food Pantry.

The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway, just off U.S. Highway 190.

For more information contact Melissa Ordoyne at 985-748-5462 or mordoyne@agcenter.lsu.edu

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The 2015 Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo is scheduled for March 27-28 in Lake Charles. The garden show will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the coliseum, with a wide variety of activities, vendors, speakers and exhibitors.  The show theme is Spirit of Adventure and will feature new and exciting educational programs about garden topics by LSU AgCenter specialists, as well as regional and state guest speakers.

Educational garden seminars will be ongoing throughout the two day event, with topics including home vegetable gardening, pecan insect identification and management in home pecan plantings, integrated pest management and home citrus production. There will be a plant health clinic with professionals from the LSU AgCenter, as well as Master Gardener volunteers who will help diagnose plant problems and answer garden questions. The 4-H Cart Service will be there to help festival-goers carry out items to their vehicles. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

The Southwest Louisiana Master Gardeners kick off the weekend’s events with its Garden Expo Preview Party featuring a Gumbo Supper & Silent Auction in the Chalkley Room of the Burton Coliseum on Thursday, March 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A donation of $10 is required for admission to the preview party and tickets can be purchased from the LSU AgCenter office at 7101 Gulf Hwy. in Lake Charles or at the door. Attendees will enjoy the gumbo supper, participate in the silent auction, preview the garden show and make purchases from the participating vendors that evening.

For more information, visit www.gardenfest.org or contact Turley at 337-475-8812 or rturley@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their annual spring garden tour, Le Tour des Jardins on May 2 and 3, 2015. This year’s garden tour will take you through nine beautiful private gardens throughout Shreveport.  Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 2, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3.  Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any Citizens National Bank, or by calling the Master Gardeners office at (318) 698-0010.  Tickets may also be purchased at any garden on the days of the tour for $15.

A Garden Bazaar will be held during the tour at the Pioneer Heritage Center at LSUS, and while there, enjoy a tour of the Heritage Center Gardens, a project of the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners.  Admission to the Heritage Center is free. Proceeds from the garden tour will serve to fund future Master Gardener projects and help promote the Master Gardeners’ mission to enhance the quality of knowledge for gardeners in the community.

For more information contact the Northwest Master Gardener office at (318) 698-0010 or www.lsuagcenter.com/nwlamg.

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The annual Camellia Garden Stroll at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will be held on Feb. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Visitors are invited to stroll through a collection of over 500 camellias, which were planted by Hody Wilson in the 1930s to early 1950s when he was the station superintendent.

The camellias were research trials of the varieties available at the time and a few that were bred but never named and released.  Propagation of the camellias is ongoing through cuttings, air-layering and even grafting, so that a new replication of as many named varieties as possible can be planted in other areas of the station.

Camellias, including some hard-to-find varieties, will be offered for sale by the Tangipahoa Master Gardeners.  The camellia garden stroll is co-sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association. The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Hwy. (Hwy. 1067 just off Hwy. 190). Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

For further information or if you require special accommodation for your participation in this event, contact the LSU AgCenter Tangipahoa Parish office at 985-748-9381.



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