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.


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.

Mostly Native Plant Sale

The Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve announces a Mostly Native Plant Sale Saturday, scheduled for November 1, 2014 from 9 AM to 2 PM at Briarwood, 2 miles south of Saline, LA. on Highway 9.

Over 1000 hard-to-find plants priced between $5 and $20 including 6 species of Native Azaleas: canescens, austrinum, flammeum, viscosum, prunifolium, and arborescen and Louisiana Iris, ferns, shrubs, perennials, Heirloom bulbs, trees, daylilies and much, much more will be offered.

For more information: briarwoodnp@gmail.com or call 318-576-3379 or www.facebook.com/cdormon

The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its seasonal Saturday open house on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The open house will highlight indoor air quality and design features that make the home a convenient, safe and healthy place to live and enjoy. Visitors can also explore LaHouse’s many high-performance home features, publications, special exhibit room and more with experts on hand to answer questions, said AgCenter extension housing specialist Claudette Reichel.

Healthy home aspects showcased at LaHouse include dust mite and mold control strategies, safer gas equipment, non-toxic pest controls and universal design. “Even spotless homes can have hidden health hazards, especially for people who suffer from allergies or asthma,” Reichel said. “Everyone wants a home that’s convenient to live in, but few homes are designed for every age and stage of life. LaHouse demonstrates cost-effective, practical solutions.”

LaHouse is also open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  LaHouse Resource Center is located off Nicholson Drive at 2858 Gourrier Ave. across from Alex Box Baseball Stadium in Baton Rouge. LaHouse requests a donation of $5 per adult to help support its educational programming and exhibits.

For more information, visit www.LSUAgCenter.com/LaHouse or call Reichel at 225-578-7913.

Writer: Olivia McClure/See the latest news from LSU AgCenter Communications at www.lsuagcenter.com/news_archive/

An exhibit commemorating 100 years of the Cooperative Extension Service in Louisiana will open at the LSU Hill Memorial Library in Baton Rouge on Sept. 22. Entitled “Cooperative Extension at LSU: Commemorating the Centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914,” the exhibit will feature historical documents regarding LSU President Thomas Boyd and the establishment of cooperative extension at LSU, photos from early extension agent annual reports, and first edition extension bulletins, which contain advice on farming and food safety. Rare, early works on agriculture spanning from the 16th to 19th centuries from our holdings are included as well.

The Cooperative Extension Service was created to improve agricultural practices and farming efficiency, which it still does. This exhibit will help people understand the tremendous contribution that extension has made to the state of Louisiana and showcase this important part of LSU’s history.  In addition to photos and documents, the exhibit will include a listening station with a touchscreen computer at which visitors can select audio clips from current and retired extension employees.

The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except for home football game Saturdays.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 24, 2015. A public reception for the exhibit will be Oct. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a program at 6 p.m.

The LSU AgCenter will offer an agritourism workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Hammond Research Station. Participants will hear from experts about how to create an agritourism venue, attract visitors and market their business, according to Dora Ann Hatch, AgCenter agritourism coordinator. The workshop also will include a presentation on how to become a certified agritourism operator under the 2008 Louisiana Agritourism Limited Liability Law. The event will conclude with a tour of Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch in Albany, which is about 20 minutes from the station.

Registration is $15 per individual or $20 per couple before Oct. 20, or $20 per individual and $25 per couple the day of workshop. Lunch is included, but transportation to the pumpkin patch is up to individual attendees.

The workshop is sponsored by the AgCenter, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and Tangipahoa Master Gardeners.

For more information or to register, contact Hatch at 318-927-9654 or DHatch@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Writer: Olivia McClure: See the latest news from LSU AgCenter Communications at www.lsuagcenter.com/news_archive/

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will roll out the fall welcome mat with a corn maze and pumpkin patch festival Sept. 27-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction with the LSU Rural Life Museum’s Harvest Days. “What better way for families to end the summer than with a trip to the farm during harvest season,” said Jeff Kuehny, director of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Visitors may purchase their tickets at the Rural Life Museum Visitors Center. Admission is $7 for corn maze activities in addition to LSU Rural Life Museum Harvest Days, which is $9 for persons age 12 years and older or $8 for those 62 years and older and children ages 6-11. Children under 5 enter free.

In addition to the corn maze, children’s activities will include an old-fashioned hayride, pumpkin and gourd painting, and an opportunity to climb a straw “mountain.” A new feature this year is the Red Barn petting zoo, Kuehny said. As in the past, visitors may purchase food and drinks from Burden Horticulture Society volunteers as well as pumpkins for children to paint.

The corn maze and balloon toss also will be open Saturdays on Oct. 4, 11 and 18 from 4-7 p.m. with $5 admission. Children under 3 enter free. Night Maze on Oct. 25 will feature a bonfire, hotdogs, s’mores and live music from 4-9 p.m., and organizers are encouraging flashlights and costumes that evening. Evening admission is $10. Children under 3 enter free.

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens is located in Burden Museum and Gardens on Essen Lane just off Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. For further information, contact Kuehny at 225-763-3990 or go online to http://www.discoverburden.com.

Writer: Rick Bogren: See the latest news from LSU AgCenter Communications at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/news_archive/.