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The LSU AgCenter is now accepting applications for the next Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners class, scheduled for January through March, 2015 and is open to all adults in Northwest Louisiana. Master Gardeners are the volunteer arm of the AgCenter. They are trained in horticulture in exchange for 40 hours of volunteer service, sharing what they have learned with other gardeners.
Volunteer opportunities include organizing and staffing the annual garden tour, Le Tour des Jardins, and Horticulture Series seminars, teaching children about gardening, manning a gardening hotline, creating and maintaining demonstration gardens and assisting in local parish extension offices.

So, what will you learn? Topics include insects, plant health, vegetables, fruits, turf, ornamentals and more. Classes, both lecture and hands-on, are taught by Louisiana Cooperative Extension specialists, university professors and other horticulture experts.
Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday for 10 weeks at the Randle T. Moore Center, at the corner of Kings Highway and Fairfield Avenue, Shreveport. There is a $175 registration fee, which covers the cost of training manuals, publications and supplies for the class.
Class size is limited and the registration deadline is December 1, 2014.
Call 318-698-0098 to request an application or, download one at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/lawn_garden/master_gardener/parish_lmg_programs/Northwest/Program_Information.

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The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners proudly present their annual Fall Bulb Sale, Saturday November 1, 2014. This annual sale will be held at the Randle T. Moore Center on Fairfield Avenue at Kings Highway in Shreveport, Louisiana from 8 AM until noon. This is the bulb sale that you don’t want to miss. Featured are hard to find heirloom bulbs to beautify your flower garden. You can’t buy these heirloom bulbs in stores. Many of the bulbs come from Master Gardener’s gardens, and have been dug up from old home sites. There will be over five thousand heirloom bulbs (over fifty varieties) that thrive in the South for sale. Featured this year will be Dutch Iris “Cream Beauty” and “Blue Magic”. Also available are red and pink oxbloods, Gloriosa lilies, and Lady Jane clusiana tulips. There will be plenty of daffodils ,crinums and rain lilies again this year.

Come early for the best selection. For more information, call the Master Gardener Hotline, (318) 698-0010.

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Bayou Rebirth preserves and restores wetland ecosystems in Southeast Louisiana by teaching youth and volunteers from Louisiana and across the nation about coastal wetlands through hands-on restoration projects.

Bayou Rebirth’s big news this month is a Native Plant Symposium that will be held October 11 at Delgado Community College.  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at U.D. in Newark.  Dr. Tallamy is also author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.

Along with Dr. Tallamy, the symposium will feature a slate of speakers and panelists who will talk about relevant topics, including Water Management and Planning, the Benefits of Native Plants, and Community Concerns and Solutions. The afternoon will include a breakout session where participants will design a native landscape in the urban area, including field trips to sites nearby where natives are utilized for storm water management and wildlife habitat.

To view the schedule and register go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8169732891#sthash.5UvbOlRp.dpuf 

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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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Dr. Allan Armitage, distinguished educator, author, speaker and researcher has a new on-line  course designed for home garden enthusiasts, Master Gardeners and other green industry professionals.

Titled “Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennials for the Sun” the course is a self-paced, self-study online certificate program authored by Dr. Allan Armitage, one of the world’s leading experts on and researchers of perennials.   The on-line course provides instruction on the characteristics, propagation methods and optimal growing conditions of 20 species of sun perennials which centers on Dr. Armitage’s textbook, Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on their Identification, Culture, and Garden Attributes. Other resources include online access to the professor’s audio clips describing each plant’s history, propagation, flower structure, identifying characteristics, and pros and cons. Participants can assess their knowledge through self-tests, interactive exercises, and end-of-lesson quizzes that provide instant feedback.

Regular fee for participation in Dr.Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennials for the Sun on-line course is $249 however the course is offered to Louisiana Master Gardeners for $149.

For complete information about the course, including Frequently Asked Questions, registration, textbook and computer program requirements visit: www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/perennialsun.

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The LSU AgCenter has a wealth of online resources to help you recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Isaac and rebuild your homes and lives. From staying safe and preventing mold damage to cleaning up, salvaging goods and dealing with stress.  Go to: www.LSUAgCenter.com/Isaac

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Bucking the notion that vegetable gardens should be banished to an out-of-view corner of the backyard, more gardeners are mixing edible plants throughout the landscape in ways that are inventive, decorative and sometimes stunning. Flower beds are edged with frilly lettuces, tomatoes are climbing up front-door arbors, and strawberries are spilling out of window boxes.  The idea—known in garden-design circles as “edible landscaping”—is to find ways to marry veggies, fruit trees and berry bushes with ornamental plants and flowers in ways that complement both.

To enjoy more about this interesting and fun article written by Anne Marie Chaker visit this site:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303592404577363801818533794.html?KEYWORDS=chaker

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